1880 Census for the United States
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By Ruby M. Cusack
As I followed Mum down the stone steps to the cellar with the mud floor, I pretended I was Aladdin going to fetch the magic lamp. Instead of picking up a stick of hard wood for the furnace, I visioned it was my flying carpet that would take me anywhere that I wanted to go.
I have found a genealogical search flying carpet that will take me to any state in the United States while sitting in front of the computer. It allows me to visit all the families that were living there in 1880. I can find ages, relationship to head of household, not only where the person was born but even the birth country of the parents and the occupation of all the people who lived in the household. My magic lamp even gets me a list of the neighbours on that page of the census.
In 1880, William C. Cuseck was living in Newburyport, Essex, Mass. He was 35 years old and had been born in St. Johns (Saint John) and he made a living by being a Boot & Shoe Dealer. His wife, Mary H. gave her occupation as Keeping House. He had a son William C. aged 12 and a daughter Nellie F. who was two months old. His neigbours were, William Eustis, John Crowley and others listed with him on page 544B.
Joseph Cusick of Littleton, Arapahoe, Colorado is aged 53 in 1880 and was born in Ireland. He is married but his wife is not listed with him. It appears he is staying in a boarding house with other Railroad workers.
At Ashland, Jackson, Oregon, Peter Cusack was single in 1880 at age 26. He was born in Prince Edward Island, while his father was born in Ireland and his mother’s birth place was New Brunswick.
The complete transcription of the original 1880 United States census includes the enumeration of 50 million individuals within households and institutions. An extra bonus is the capability to view those who were neighbors of your ancestors. The 56 Cds are divided into seven geographical regions and are accompanied by a National Index.
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Donald - Edgett - Hatfield: I have found records of my great grandparents John Edgett and Mary E. Donald, who married in about 1887. I also found birth records for their children, William, Charles and Hatfield (a girl). However, my grandfather, James Donald Edgett, does not appear in the New Brunswick birth records. He was born in Saint John in 1889. Also, I cannot find any records of the origins of Mary E. Donald, who would have been born sometime around 1850-1860, and died in 1934. Finally, I have not been able to discover a connection between the Edgetts and Hatfields, although the name of Uriah Hatfield appears in my grandmother's address book, and my aunt apparently was named after that family. Thank you for any help you can provide.
-Linda A. McCready, 2348 Filmore Lane, Rancho Cordova, CA., USA, 95670-4241. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wright- Benson: I seeking information on the children of Charles Edgar Wright, who died on February 26,1951 at Sussex, New Brunswick and Annie Lenora (Benson), of Millstream, Kings County.
-Ray Adams, 206 Willingdon St., Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, E3B 3A5. E-mail email@example.com.
Kidder - Greenlaw: I am searching for any information at all about Calvin Kidder who probably lived in Schoodiac, New Brunswick (now St. Stephen) from 1785 to 1799. He was born in New Hampshire in 1765, and was descended from the Kidder patriarch, James Kidder (1626-1676) of Massachusetts. In 1798, Calvin Kidder married Miss or Mrs. Mary Mercy Greenlaw of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. In January of 1799, they had a son, James Calvin Kidder, born in Schoodiac where they were probably living. Not three weeks later, Calvin was killed in a mailboat accident on the St. Croix River (Schoodiac River). Four other men were also killed. While he lived in Schoodiac, Calvin was part-owner of the Harmony Sawmill. We know nothing about what happened to his widow, Mrs. Mary Kidder. Since she was widowed with a 3-week-old infant, did she return to St. Andrews? The next we hear of her son, "Calvin" Kidder, he is 18 and in St. Stephen taking care of some legal matters in regards to property there. In 1830, he was in Calais, Maine, and in 1834 married Mary Jane Wilkins from Amity, Maine. Calvin and Mary Kidder had 7 children born to them, but 3 died while either teenagers or young adults. Three sons all married and settled in Princeton, Maine, and provided over 30 grandchildren. Calvin Kidder lived in Princeton, after the death of his wife, and is mentioned in the book, "Early Princeton, Maine." In the New Brunswick - Maine area, there seem to be at least 4 generations of Calvin Kidders. Descendants of these families continue to live in Washington County, Maine. I would very much like to correspond with any of the Kidder family members and I would very much like to find out more information about Calvin Kidder's life in Schoodiac from 1785 to 1799, and his son's life in New Brunswick from 1799 to 1830. Possibly "young Calvin" and his widowed mother lived with another family or, did his mother re-marry and he had a stepfather?
-Betty Fredericks, 4 Mt. Pleasant St. (308) No. Billerica, MA., 01862, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruby is a genealogy buff. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at email@example.com. When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.