How Can I Find More Information on This Jefferson County, Pennsylvania Family from the 1850 Census? [closed]

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I have struggled for awhile to find anything more on my gr-gr-grandfather, William Lennox, a railroad brakeman who was killed in an accident in 1882:

There were many newspaper accounts of the accident, and I can find William in Pittsburgh in the 1880 Census and in Trumbull, Ohio in the 1870 Census. I also know that he was married at the old St. Paul Cathedral in downtown Pittsburgh in 1869.

Another Lennox researcher on Wikitree (Ed Lennox) suggested that I look into the William Lenox in this 1850 Census record, who is 1 year old and living in Washington Township, Jefferson County, PA. I haven't been able to find anything more on this family though (I just checked Jefferson County probate and didn't see anything promising) and can't find any trace of them in the 1860 Census - despite searching on numerous variations of the Lenox surname and their various given names:

Naturally, I don't expect anyone to look for me.  I just wanted to put this out there, just in case anyone has come across this Lenox family.


WikiTree profile: William Lennox
closed with the note: After further research, this is actually the family of George Senior (1814-1890), who lived in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania for many years.
in Genealogy Help by Ray Jones G2G6 Pilot (153k points)
closed by Ray Jones

2 Answers

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Ray, it's an interesting genealogy case study you have there.  I would follow that William Lennox from the 1850 census and see where he headed. If he died young or married , then you could , at least, eliminate him as yours.
by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (788k points)
Thanks Maggie!  

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to track him or the rest of this family down moving forward.  I agree though that trying to take him through the subsequent records is the best strategy.  

Earlier, I had another promising candidate for William in the Trumbull, Ohio records, but working forward, seem to find this Lenox in military records in the 1880s - which all but eliminates him as a possibility.
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Given that you know very specifically when and where William died have you managed to find a death registration which might disambugate the birth place and date and possibly give his parents names?
by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
Ya - I wish that there was a death record.  He does not appear in the death records for the City of Pittsburgh (sadly, as they not only asked the parents names - but their birthplace as well) or Mahoning County, Ohio.  Also - the archive of the coroner's files from Mahoning only has records back to 1883.

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