If Joseph May was an infant in an 1880 should I expect to find him with his family in 1900 US Census?

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Hi everybody,

I was just double checking my May family from the 1900 US census and I realized that the four family members I'd expect to find at the main family home weren't there. Well, at least the youngest child, Joseph, wasn't but everyone else was accounted for with a younger age than their birth and death records would suggest although Agnes's is fine. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-67VH-NV?cc=1325221

Anyway, my question is should I expect to find a 20 year male at the family home in 1900. Or should I expect him to be married or in school by then?

Any help is much appreciated,

Here is the arrival record: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16948-56729-92?cc=1849782

 
Mike

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in Genealogy Help by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (52.3k points)
I've lost track of many persons born around 1880 - 1884 for this same reason.  He could have gone into the military or was independent before he was twenty.

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A 20 year old could be in any number of places: At home with his parents. Married early and living with wife. Living with one of his siblings. Living in another town entirely (usually as a boarder) having moved to find work. In 1900 not that many people went to college or joined the military, but some did. And, yes, there is the possibility that he died in the interim.

Anyway, I wouldn't expect to find a 20 year old living with his parents.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I might find him living with his parents if they had a farm to run. Strong young men are always needed on a farm.

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