Double Census Enumeration – William Taylor & Family

Bradley-Hingston Project

By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Certainly, I’ve looked for individuals in the various census records and have been unable to find them anywhere and I believed they were missed in the Census. Also, I’ve heard that occasionally individuals are counted twice and have seen where a young man left home and was enumerated in one place while he was also enumerated with his parents. But, until now, I had never encountered a case where a family was enumerated twice.

I was surprised to see the inconsistencies between the two census entries, something that reminds me that Census records are often incorrect.

William S. Taylor, Jr. his wife Marie, and his three children, Dorothy, John, and Madeline, were enumerated in both Cape May, NJ, and in Philadelphia, PA. The Pennsylvania enumeration is odd, as the family was initially identified as “head, wife, & children” and then stricken out and had “Boarder” added instead.

Differences in the two entries for the Taylor family in 1900 Censuses.
Name Philadelphia, PA Cape May, NJ
Taylor, Wm S Jr Born Dec 1856 Born Dec 1859
Taylor, Maria P Born Dec 1865 Born Dec 1864
Born Pennsylvania Born Arkansas
Parents b. TN & LA Parents b. KY & KY
Taylor, Dorothy (All the same) (All the same)
Taylor, John (All the same) (All the same)
Taylor, Magdeline (All the same) (All the same)
Polk, John W. (not listed) Age 80
Rabey, Margarette Born Mar 1870 Born Mar 1872
Servant House Keeper
Comparison of two entries
Philadelphia, ED 159, Sheet 3A, Lines 29-34 Avalon, Cape May, Ed 107, Sheet 12A, Lines 1-7

Besides the family structure, it is the servant, Margarette Rabey. Her presence in both entries proves that this is the same family.

The New Jersey entry also shows, living with the family was a “Boarder” John W. Polk, aged 80. Maria’s maiden name was Polk, so it is likely John W. Polk is related to Maria, possibly her father.

So, from the 1900 Census, there is a three-year window when William was born, a one-year window when Maria was born. The 1910 Census indicated that Magdeline’s mother, Maria, was born in Arkansas, which lends a little more credence to the Cape May entries.

It will be fun to learn definitively when William and Maria were born.


Census Taker’s Tracks – June 27th.

I’ve been working on promoting the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society program for June 27th.  It will be Susan Sloan, a former Smyrna native, who will present “The Census Taker’s Tracks.”  
The Census Taker’s Tracks 
History of the census and information on data on specific censuses will be presented in an interactive format.  Clues to finding elusive female ancestors will be addressed.  Often overlooked clues found on specific censuses will be noted. Tips for finding your family on the census will be reviewed. 
Susan Sloan is a professional genealogist whose areas of concentration are teaching family history classes, conducting private lineage research, and preparing lineage applications.   She has authored articles in several genealogical publications in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Georgia State University.
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