Has anyone else encountered families stricken from census records?

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While adding some Buck family sources, I found a census record with their house apparently stricken. This was on the Latter Day Saints site. Has anybody noticed this with other families and their records?
WikiTree profile: Frank Buck
in The Tree House by Casimer Russak G2G2 (2.5k points)

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I don't think I've seen an entire family scratched out, but I've seen what seems to be census-takers trying to remove a single person. For example: in the 1850 census of Campbell co. GA, my 4x-great-grandparents appear with their blended family, including a scratched out daughter named Martha (the scratching didn't work very well). I have wondered what happened. Did the census-taker accidentally record a neighbor girl as one of their children, and upon being told of the mistake, tried to correct it? Did they have a daughter named Martha who had died very recently and the census-taker wasn't sure whether to count her?
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (245k points)
I've seen both explanations for the event that someone is written down and then crossed out ... there is the census taker and there is the informant and the informant says something which is written down and then the informant, says, no wait, that's wrong .... voila, at the end of the informant's explanation the census taker 'removes' the erroneous entry

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