Why would a daughter be listed separately from her family?

+5 votes

I've run across a census listing for a daughter who isn't listed w/ her family. She's only 8 years old.

The previous page of the listing does look like they're enumerating what looks like "fall kindgarden." 

Here is the image of the census ... the child I'm working on is on line 50.

Also, in trying to figure this out, I ran across Steve Morse's website that helps to sort out the mysterious codes found on most census listings. If you haven't used it before, it's quite helpful. See: https://stevemorse.org/census/codes.html

asked in Genealogy Help by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (258k points)

2 Answers

+5 votes
Not totally sure, but, this and other pages are clearly Knox Free Kindergarten School, Knox College, Knox Relief Home, Knox County Jail and St Mary's Hospital.   While I found some data on the school, still does not explain why the children were in the census while at school and not at home.

answered by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (460k points)
Would they be living in a dormitory type of housing?
All of the listings appear to be institutions.

A 1935 listing, compiled by United States Bureau of the Census, of 'Children Under Institutional Care', has a Galesburg and Knox County Kindergarten  home for children from 4-11. Google Books

A history of the school mentions that in 1893,  'homeless little ones find a shelter here until homes can be found for them'  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/county/knox/schools_knox_co_il.html

 I wouldn't have thought that by them it meant she was definitely an orphan. I would imagine that children's homes might also be used for temporary respite.

In 1954 and 1955 I worked in a "children's home" for my room and board while attending college in New York State.  All of the children under the age
of sixteen were from families that did not have custody of them for various reasons.  Parent illness, poverty, law infractions, etc. seem to be causes.  Some of them were visited on one Sunday a month.  Two older girls in the upper teenage range were actually orphans who had been placed there as infants and grown up there.  Originally the building had been a true orphanage.  By the middle 1960s it was closed and the college turned it into housing.  Foster care was becoming the norm.
It was common during the depression for children to be in an ‘orphanage’ or children’s home even if one or both parents were alive.  People were out of work, or lost their homes, just couldn’t provide for them and had no real choice.
Thank you, Robin!!

See my comment below on Deb's answer. There was definitely something going on with the kids in this family. I wonder if Margaret and Albert were sent off to school because of some of that ???
+4 votes
The child listed below her is her brother Albert Paul Courson. Their parents were divorced by 1940. Her father, Neil Courson, was living with one of his sons. Alpha was remarried to Frank W Clement(s?) and living with him and two of her children, Henry (24) and David (5) by Neil Courson in Adams County. By the time of her death in 1946, she had married a third time to William Fechte.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (621k points)

Good digging (again), Deb! laugh

Thanks, Deb! You're one step ahead of me. I found the divorce and 2nd marriage for Alpha. I haven't run across her 3rd marriage yet -- had to go do real life stuff. ;-)

I was having trouble finding one of the sons in the 1940 Census, and I finally tracked him down as a patient in the state hospital in Dixon. It was originally started as a hospital for epileptics and evolved into an institution for the "feeble minded." (really don't like the terminology OR that they institutionalized epileptics. I have to remind myself that they didn't know better.)

Also, I believe two of the children died young. I have a feeling there were some genetic anomalies going on in this family.

I also just noticed that the three children listed after Paul are the children of Margaret (and Paul's?) oldest sister, Anna.

Deb ... did you find a record for Albert Paul?? I'm distracted by the Cubs game right now and haven't managed to track one down yet.

I found this.

Albert P. Courson

death notices

Register-Mail, The (Galesburg, IL) - Friday, February 26, 2016

GALESBURG — Albert P. Courson, 84, Galesburg, died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Per his wishes, cremation will be accorded and no services are planned. Memorials may be made to the family. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Name: Albert P Courson
Gender: Male
Death Age: 84
Birth Date: 22 Jan 1932
Residence Place: Galesburg, Illinois, USA
Death Date: 24 Feb 2016
Newspaper Title: Tributes
Newspaper Place: Mississippi, USA
Spouse: Shirley


Albert P Courson

United States Public Records
Name Albert P Courson
Event Date 01 Jan 1998
Event Place Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Birth Date 22 Jan 1932
Address Galesburg, Illinois 61402
Address Date 01 Jan 1998
2nd Address Galesburg, Illinois 61401
2nd Address Date 01 Jun 1996-20 Aug 2008
Affiliate Identifier 311825559
Citing this Record

"United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2SHW-75P : 23 May 2014), Albert P Courson, Residence, Galesburg, Illinois, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly 

Thanks, again, Deb!

I added the obit to his profile, and that allowed me to open it.

I found the public record yesterday.

This whole family is all part of the DeCoursey GEDCOM. I feel compelled to work on it now and then. ;-) With your help and that of others, we've made a lot of progress this week!

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