William Hunt Scott, my 3rd great-grandfather, was born about 1834 in St. Clair County, Illinois. I followed him back from his being the head of the household to the 1850 Census and living in the household of his father Samuel Kinkade Scott at Turkey Hill, St. Clair County.[i] The 1850 household looked like:
- Samuel K Scott 41 Farmer – Real Estate Value 1600
- Elizabeth Scott 30 Keeping House
- William H Scott 16 Farming
- Sarah Scott 14 Attending School
- Mary Scott 11 Attending School
- Francis P Scott 10 Attending School
- Emily Scott 5 Attending School
- Rachel Scott 1
This household has every appearance of being a traditional home with husband, wife, and six children. I hoped I could continue back to the 1840 Census. Would the Samuel Scott family include all the children and fit the model of a traditional family or might there be some other individuals in the household.
The 1840 Census[ii]
Samuel K Scott – St Clair, Illinois
MALES | FEMALES
– 1 – – – 1 | 2 – – – 1 –
- 5-10 1 Presumed to be William Hunter (Born 1830-1835)
- 30-40 1 Clearly the Head of Household – Samuel K Scott (Born 1800-1810)
- < 5 2 Presumed to be Sarah and Mary – (Both born 1835-1840)
- 20-30 1 Presumed to be Elizabeth (Born 1810-1820)
All entries are consistent with the 1850 Census.
William Hunt Scott and his two oldest sisters are clearly enumerated in the 1840 Census. William won’t be in the 1830 Census and his father, Samuel was only 21 years old in 1830, very possibly in the household of his father, John Scott. I am looking forward to researching this family line back to the revolution.
[i] 1850 Census (NARA), 1850 – Samuel K Scott. Year: 1850; Census Place: Turkey Hill, St Clair, Illinois; Roll: M432_126; Page: 359A; Image: 360. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/8054/records/16536816/.
[ii] 1840 Census (NARA), 1840 Census – Samuel Scott – St Clair, Illinois. “United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch accessed: 15 August 2017), Samuel Scott, St Clair, Illinois, United States; citing p. 280, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 70; FHL microfilm 7,644. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHBJ-5WZ