My entry into the "In the Census" category is my great-grandmother Kizziar Crouch Smith https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Crouch-1424&public=1 . She was a booger to find because her grandchildren, who called her "Goo-soo" as children, mistakenly believed as adults that her 1st name was Susan and that Kizziar was maiden name, Crouch the name of her 1st husband, killed in the Civil War and my g-grandfather Enoch Jones Smith was her 2nd husband. My Dad's 89-year-old sister specifically told me that Kizziar was "the name of the Old Ones, the ones we must never forget, that we must never let the young forget!' She was very emphatic about the name.
This misinformation led me on a 10-year goose chase, but eventually I found the 15-year-old Susan Kizziar in the 1860 Izard Co Arkansas Census, living with her mother Cynthia and her mother's brother Luther and family. It was a breakthrough. Within six weeks of intense research I had traced the Kizziars back to one Sandifer Kizziah, a mixed blood Tuscarora Indian b 1742 in Bertie Co NC. I began to search for others researching the same family and for several years we had a lively Listserv, researching all the different lines of the tree descending from seven identified siblings, and building an extensive family tree.
Then one morning I received an e-mail from my cousin and research partner Martha. "Hold onto your hat," she said, "See attached census."
It was the 1860 Belton, Bell Co Texas Census listing not only Kizziar Crouch (spelled Casiah) but Enoch Jones Smith - as *step-siblings*.
After losing her 1st husband, John Crouch, Levina Cox Crouch had married Lawson Henderson Smith by 1854. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Smith-59440 The Crouch family were not strangers to us.
We thought Kizziar's 1st husband had been Ben Crouch, the young man in the 1850 Izard Co Arkansas Census. We were thrown off-track because it appears a neighbour may have provided information about the Crouch family in their absence. Levina (the mother) is enumerated as male and there are several errors in ages and even names of the children. Now it appears the six-year-old "Levina Crouch" enumerated in 1850 was almost certainly Kizziar. Kizziar was born a Crouch.
Back to the drawing board. Have you ever been kicked out of a family you've come to love? The Kizziahs offered to adopt me, but it's just not the same. <sniff>
Back to the census.
Kizziar Crouch married Enoch Jones Smith in 1868, son of Lawson Henderson Smith. After the death of their respective parents they took in their young siblings, half-siblings to each of them, and raised them, as seen in the 1870 Census:
Lawson's mother was Elizabeth Casiah https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Smith-59439 . She married Enoch Smith in about 1805-1806 in NC.
Elizabeth's father was Dunning Caziah (aka Cashilaw) https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Casiah-2
1790; Census Place: Lancaster, South Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 11; Page: 239; Image: 151; FHL Film: 0568151; Camden District
HOH: Cashilaw, Dunnan 1 m 16+ 1 m -15 6 f 2 other free people of colour
Dunning was the brother of the Sandifer Kizziah that I'd originally believed Kizziar descended from.
I came full circle, but from one brother to the next, courtesy of the Census. :) - How wild is that?