1850 Census Correctness

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A deceased friend who was a military intelligence officer and a PhD who did research for 50 years before his death, including living in Wash. D.C. and working the Library of Congress said to me once:  "In 1850 they wanted to be sure that had a fully complete census count and offered a bonus or some remuneration to enumerators as incentive to be sure each person in a household was recorded.  This resulted in some "padding" of households."  I cannot believe he made that up and have evidence it may be true.  My little boy uncle who lived apparently from 1856 to before 1866 falls into that probability.  In all the extensive estate records, the child is never mentioned.  The first census he is in, however, is 1860 - just something that bugs me.  http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=1860usfedcenancestry&h=31872751&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=SZD126&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&rhSource=8054

WikiTree profile: Doctor A McManus
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Interesting. Could be true. I found one or two ancestors who seem to appear in the 1850 Census in 2 different states: one the state they had lived in with their parents (and where their parents still lived) and one the state they had recently moved to.
by Chase Ashley G2G6 Pilot (188k points)
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In this case, I don't think his entry is caused by padding.  I am sure that I have a few ancestors that I only have single census record to show they existed. Also, children or spouses that are not living are not mentioned in estate papers (in my experience.)

I think one of the pages mentioned that he had 4 daughters and 5 sons. This would add some evidence that the oldest son died before 1868.
by Ken Sargent G2G6 Mach 5 (56.6k points)
Case and Ken, I've had the double state thing occur too!  This family did mention a granddaughter of "my deceased dau" in one of those records, but that was a dau who lived to adulthood.  My grfa was born after this little boy, next year.  I supposed there are those we may never know but I intend to keep him! :)  Thanks for your comments.
I'll look for that again 4 daus and five sons, just to make sure I didn't make that conclusion myself.  You may be right, if so I'll let you know.  Good sleuthing.

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