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Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Lawyer and Two Capitalists

Samuel H. Sedgwick, age 52, was enumerated in the 1900 census of York, York County, Nebraska. Listed in his household at that time were his wife, Clara M., and their two daughters, Catharine and Myrna P. They lived on Tenth Street.

Listed immediately before them, on Beaver Avenue, was the family of Samuel's widowed sister, Emma Brown. She had two sons, Merle S. and Ernest J., and two daughters, Faith and Hermoine (the youngest, age 18), all living in her household.

Listed immediately after Samuel's family was another widowed sister, Clara Carscadden, and her three adult children, Pearl E., Edna B., and Richard S. They resided on Platt Avenue. In the Occupation column, both widows were listed as Capitalists. I've never seen that before, and I'm not sure what was meant by it. It's interesting to note, however, that Emma's son Ernest, age 22, was the census taker, so maybe it was an inside joke. I know it made me laugh!

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For this little census digression which I handily wove into the current Sedgwick extravaganza, I must thank Randy at Genea-Musings, who suggested that the census might be a good place to have a little Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. He was right.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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