John McColley, aged 10 is in the 1860 census with the family of Abraham Outten McColley. When I added the census to the appropriate profiles I thought John was a family member that had not been born before the prior census of 1850. I added him as a son.
Now I notice he is a black child. Is this a mistake on the part of the census-taker? Do I leave him? There are no slave counts on this census, nor are on the prior census.
Not sure what to do now. I don't mind leaving him, he has the same family name, just don't wanna screw up things down the line. There are no relationship remarks on this census.
Mustn't forget, in the 1850 census, there was a male, aged 1 year, named John Collins. (No idea of relationship to family. I originally thought maybe a grandchild and something had happened to the parents) Made notes about him on the profile of Abraham. No mention of race at all. Is it possible it is the same child? These census takers can drive one batty at times.