Monday, July 15, 2013

Six Degrees of separation The Edmund (Edmun) Downs Family Part 2


Several of the ways I analyze genealogic data are by the geographic location and groups of names which been clustered together. I am still trying to break the 1870 brick wall. Edmund signed the labor contract in 1865.  The next area I have investigated was the census records. 

In the 1870 Federal Census for Pike County, Mississippi a Edward Downs is listed with Courtney Downs and children.  An important fact to remember is that in the 1870 census the relationship of individuals to each other are not identified.


Name
Age
Sex
Race
Occupation
Place of birth
Edward
24
male
black
Farm hand
Louisiana
Courtney
26
female
black
Keeping house
Mississippi
Richard
4
male
black
Ann
3
female
black
Thomas
10/12
male
black
Jesse
15
female
black

1870 Federal Census Pike County, Mississippi Township 2 Range 8 Dwelling/family 193/194

The children listed were not born in 1865 except Jesse who would have been 10 years old.  In the labor contract, 7 male and 8 female children without names are listed.


In the 1880 Federal Census for Pike County Mississippi, Edmun Downs is listed with Caroline Downs and different set of children.  Only two of the children would have been alive in 1870 Frances who would have been 8 and Richard 4.





More information on Edmund Downs will be in Part 3