By Don Taylor
Sometimes when you at a census closely, you realize something in there is just not possible. Such is the case of Charles Selensky (aka Selefsky, Selefske, & Seleske) as he appears in the 1900 Census. His step-children just aren’t right.
Selensky, Charles Head May 1855 45 Married for 10 years.
___, Hattie Wife June 1857 42 Married for 10 years 3 Children, 3 Living
___, Otto Son Jul 1880 19
___, Adelia Dau. Dec 1883 16
___, Albert Son Mar 1886 14
Sauli, Anna Step-Dau Jan 1887 13
___, Walter Step-Son Mar 1888 11
___, Hugo Step-Son Nov 1897 2
Salensky Louise Mother June 1818 82 Wid 4 Children, 4 Living.
At first glance, it appears that Hattie had three children with a previous husband, and unknown Sauli (or Sante) There are three children with another surname and she had had three children, all of whom were living. Then I noticed that Hugo was only two years old but Charles and Hattie had been married for 10 years. Even though Hugo is identified as a Sauli, and is identified as a step-son, I’m confident that Hugo must be the child of Charles and Hattie and that the enumerator made a mistake.
So, I’m tentatively putting Hugo’s parents as Charles and Hattie and the other three children, Otto, Adelia (Ottilia), and Albert as the children of Charles and Unknown.
If you can think of another scenario that makes sense of this Census Record, I’d love to hear it.