15 April 2014
Census records are a mainstay of research into past societies. While using them, we encounter many situations that prompt us to think, Hunh? Why is this? Are my prior assumptions wrong?
The 1850 U.S. Census of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, presents one of those situations. The population schedule shows the following three individuals:1
Other evidence suggests that Marguerite is the mother of Samuel and Ferdinand. Does somthing strike you as peculiar?
1. 1850 U.S. census, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, stamped p. 7 verso; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11775-145479-31?cc=1401638O : accessed 30 March 2014).