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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Good Imagination Needed for Census Look-ups(RICE)
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 06:03:20 -0500
This week I was mentioning that I couldn't find my gr-gr-grandparents in the
1880 census. I re-checked that census and was reminded how I finally
found Mrs. Adelaide RICE. I went to look at the page for her parents,
and there she was. She was listed as Adelaide RICEW. That one typo
by the census-writer was the reason I couldn't find her in the Index.
That was the 1880 census at www.familysearch.org
When I just rechecked the 1880 census at HeritageQuest, this one has
Adelaide as a patient at the Danvers State Hospital .and.. at home with her
parents, Jacob and Eliza HUTCHINSON.
Charles W. RICE had seemingly already left his wife as he is not mentioned.
I just checked all the RICE's in MA in 1880, and I don't see him. The
problem with a name like Charles is that he could be listed as: C.,
C.W., Charles, Charles W., Chas., or Charlie, etc. He was born in
Maine in 1850 so he would be 30 in the census. I don't find him back in
Maine, either. One possibility is that he could have moved in with his
married sister who had come down to MA possibly with Charles. But, I
don't see him with the McNEAR family either. In 1880 Charles & Amelia
McNEAR are living in East Boston with their 4 sons, and no RICE or brother
is listed with them.
I just rechecked the 1900 census and I'm not seeing this Charles, 50, bME,
there either. And there is a possibility this is him in 1910, but he is
listed as 40, when he should be 60. And, then he died in 1916.
I just rechecked 1900 and I'm not seeing the McNEAR family then (haven't
checked other spellings this morning), but in 1910 they are now living in
Medford, and, again, no brother, Charles RICE, is with them.
I just rechecked the Maine census for 1880 and no, correct Charles W. RICE,
30, single or married or divorced. And, the same for 1900, then 50.
In 1900, Mrs. Adelaide RICE, her brother, George, and her 2 adult daughters
had moved to Arlington. But, the daughter, Mrs. Louise KIDDER, is listed
in the Index but not her husband, George Sanford KIDDER. In 1910 Adelaide
and her unmarried daughter, Edith, were in Arlington, but "Sanford" and
"Lou" were back in Winchester. By the way, I've mentioned before that
the 1900 census for Middlesex Co. has several errors. A Charles KIDDER
was listed as living in Westford but he was actually living in Wilmington.
It seems the transcriber for HeritageQuest had a problem with names which
started with .W. In one census a HUTCHINSON couple was listed as living
in Westford but they were actually living in Winchester.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
(In one census a McNEAR adult son is listed with the MacNEAR spelling)