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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Census Sunday - Albert H. Slesser household, 1910 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., KY

Ten years later, the Sleiser household of the 1900 census[1], was enumerated in 1910 as the Albert H. Slesser household still living in the town of Carrsville, Livingston County, Kentucky[2]. The census reports that Albert had been married to Ida B. Slesser for about 11 years. Ida is reported to have given birth to 3 children, 2 of which were still living on the census day. Of these only their daughter Hallie Slesser remained at home. An extract of the census data follows:
Sheet 3-A    
Line 21 22 23
Street, Avenue, Road, etc.      
In Cities: House Number      
1.Dwelling 55    
2.Family 57    
3.Name of each person whose place of abode on April 15, 1910, was in this family. Slesser, Albert H. -------, Ida B. -------, Hallie
4.Relationship of each person to the head of this family Head Wife Daughter
5.Sex M F F
6.Color or race W W W
7.Age at last birthday 60 47 10
8.Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced M M S
9.Number of years of present marriage 11 11  
10.Mother of how many children: Number born   3  
11.Mother of how many children: Number now living   2  
12.Place of birth of this person Germany Illinois Kentucky
13.Place of birth of father of this person Germany Pennsylvania Germany
14.Place of birth of mother of this person Germany Kentucky Illinois
15.Year of immigration to the United States      
16.Whether naturalized or alien      
17.Whether able to speak English; or, if not, give language spoken English English English
18.Occupation: Trade or profession Merchant None None
19.Occupation: General nature of industry General Store    
20.Whether an employer, employee, or working on own account Emp [employer]    
21.If an employee: Whether out of work on April 15, 1910      
22.If an employee: Number of weeks out of work during year 1909      
23.Able to read yes yes yes
24.Able to write yes yes yes
25.Attended school any time since September 1, 1909     yes
26.Ownership of Home: Owned or rented O    
27.Ownership of Home: Owned free or mortgaged F    
28.Ownership of Home: Farm or house H    
29.Ownership of Home: Number of farm schedule      
30.Whether a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy      
31.Whether blind (both eyes)      
32.Whether deaf and dumb      

Commentary:

Between 1910 and 1900, there are some discrepancies in the reported data. For example, Ida's reported age in 1900, is 39 but in 1910, is 47. More glaring differences are found in the reported birthplaces for Albert and Albert's father. Albert's birthplace in 1900 was given as Kentucky and his father's birthplace was Pennsylvania. In 1910, Albert and his father are reported to have been born in Germany. It is unknown who the informants were for this information in each census.
The 1910 census databases provided by Ancestry[3] and FamilySearch[4], index this record under "Albert H. Hesser". The image of the census page clearly shows that the leading characters of the surname are more likely 'Sl' than an 'H'. Here is the image of the enumerator's entry for "Slesser Albert H" from line 21:
Compare that with the 'H' in "Hodge Lucy" from line 27 on the same page:


1. 1900 U.S. census, Livingston County, Kentucky, population schedule, Carrsville Voting Precinct No. 1, Carrsville Town, p.263-B (stamped), enumeration district (ED) 57, sheet 1-B, dwelling 18, family 19, Albert H. Sleiser household; digital images, Internet Archive (https://archive.org/stream/12thcensusofpopu539unit#page/n362/mode/1up : accessed 2 Nov 2014), image 363; citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 539. [See Census Sunday - Albert H. Sleiser household, 1900 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., KY ]
2. 1910 U.S. census, Livingston County, Kentucky, population schedule, Magisterial District No. 5, town of Carrsville, enumeration district (ED) 105, sheet 3-A, dwelling 55, family 57, Albert H. Slesser household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 Nov 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 491.
3. "1910 United States Federal Census," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 Nov 2014), entry for Albert H. Hesser (age 60), District 5, Livingston County, Kentucky.
4. "1910 United States Census," database, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 11 November 2014), entry for Albert H. Hesser (age 60), District 5, Livingston, Kentucky.