Family Tree Friday: Getting Started With Census Records, Part 3
Last time I showed you what I found on my family by using the 1920 and 1900 censuses.
Most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire in the Commerce Department in the early 1920s, so I wasn’t able to use it. In 1880, however, I found what I had been looking for since I began my research – Nannie’s husband.
As before, I started my search for Nannie Crozier in Collin County, TX, since that’s where she was living in 1900. Nannie’s husband was named John R. Crozier, and he was listed as the head of the household. John R. was 35 years old. A farmer, he was born in Kentucky.
John R. and Nannie’s daughters, Mary (age 2) and Emma (age 5 months), were enumerated in the household. Lula, who we saw in the 1900 census, is not listed – she wasn’t born until a few years later.
Also living in the household were James Crozier, John R’s brother-in-law, who we saw in 1900 and 1920, and John Crozier – John R. and James’ father. John was 63 years old in 1880, so he was born around 1817. Like his son, John was a farmer. Unlike his sons, he was born in Pennsylvania rather than Kentucky.
Next I looked at the 1870 census in Collin County, TX. John Crozier (not to be confused with John R.) was listed as the head of household this time. He was 53 years old, and he was a farmer, just as he was in 1880. John R., 25 years old here, was a farm laborer. They may have worked together, possibly on a family farm. James was 20, and listed as being “at school.” Nannie was not listed as part of the Crozier family in 1870 because she and John were not yet married – she would only have been about 14 years old. On the last line of the entry for the Crozier family, I found an eleven year old girl named Alice Crozier. She was born in Kentucky, as were her siblings John R. and James.
The new names I found (John and Alice), as well as their birth places (Pennsylvania and Kentucky), may lead me to additional records – I’ll look at the 1860 and earlier census records and see if I can figure out when the Crozier family left Kentucy and moved to Texas. It’s possible I may find even more unknown family names, which in turn could lead me to other records.