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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Census Sunday - Charles B. Sharp household, 1910 U.S. Census, Taney Co., Mo.

Charles B. and Bertie Sharp were enumerated in the 1910 U.S. census on 21 April 1910[1]. They were living in Forsyth Village, Swan Township, Taney County, Missouri. Here, is an extract of their census data from lines 63 and 64...
Sheet/Page 1-B / 83-B  
Line 63 64
Street, Avenue, Road, etc.    
In Cities: House Number    
1.Dwelling 16  
2.Family 16  
3.Name of each person whose place of abode on April 15, 1910, was in this family. Sharp, Charles B. -------, Bertie
4.Relationship of each person to the head of this family Head Wife
5.Sex M F
6.Color or race W W
7.Age at last birthday 56 36
8.Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced M2 M1
9.Number of years of present marriage 14 14
10.Mother of how many children: Number born   0
11.Mother of how many children: Number now living    
12.Place of birth of this person Missippi [Mississippi] Missouri
13.Place of birth of father of this person Ohio  
14.Place of birth of mother of this person Kentucky  
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
18.Occupation: Trade or profession Lawyer None
19.Occupation: General nature of industry Gen. Practice  
20.Whether an employer, employee, or working on own account OA [own account]  
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
24.Able to write yes yes
25.Attended school any time since September 1, 1909    
26.Ownership of Home: Owned or rented O  
27.Ownership of Home: Owned free or mortgaged    
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:

Charles's reported age on the 1870 census was 17,[2] whereas on this census, 40 years later, it was 56, from which his birth year is estimated to be about 1853-1854. On both the 1870 and 1910 censuses his birth place is reported to be Mississippi. His wife Bertie was 20 years younger than he, born about 1874 and she was a native of Missouri. At the time they were enumerated, Charles and Bertie had been married for 14 years putting their marriage date about 1896. For Charles this was at least his second marriage.[3] In 1910 they report having no children.
Consistent with the envelope evidence of 1917,[4] Charles's occupation is listed as a lawyer. He was not employed but rather worked "on his own account." He also owned a home in Forsyth, Missouri.


1. 1910 U.S. census, Taney County, Missouri, population schedule, Forsyth Village, Swan Township (part of), enumeration district (ED) 208, p. 83-B (preceding page stamped), sheet 1-B, dwelling 16, family 16, Charles B. Sharp household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 August 2015); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 827.
2. 1870 US. census, Livingston County, Kentucky, population schedule, Carrsville Precinct No. 5, p. 175A (stamped), dwelling 313, family 321, William Sharp household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 15 November 2012); citing National Archives micro-film publication M593, roll 482. [See blog post: William Sharp household, 1870 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., KY]
3. United States, Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of the Census, Thirteenth Census of the United States, April 15, 1910: Instructions to Enumerators (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), 29, Para. 113; PDF download, United States Census Bureau (https://www.census.gov/history/pdf/1910instructions.pdf : downloaded 22 August 2015). "if this is the first marriage, write 'M1,' but if this is a second or subsequent marriage, write 'M2'."
4. C. B. Sharp (Forsyth, Missouri) to Mrs. Ida Slesser (Carrsville, Kentucky), envelope, postmarked 17 September 1917, Forsyth, Mo.; Mitchell Family Papers, privately held by Stanley Mitchell, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Mountain View, California, 2015. Envelope inherited from Mayme (Sharp) Mitchell probably given to her by her aunt Ida Slesser. [See blog post: Treasure Chest Thursday - 1917 Postmarked Envelope, C. B. Sharp to Ida Slesser]