Friday, October 29, 2010

Tracking Joseph & Mary Ann (Beals) Gilbert family

I've enjoyed tracking down the family records of my maternal cousin, Mary Ann (BEALS) GILBERT and her family through the census records available on  Mary was born March 27, 1859 in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.  She was enumerated with her parents on June 23, 1880 in Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana as a teacher.  According to her obituary, she moved to Humboldt, Richardson County, Nebraska to teach school - and that is where she met her future husband, Joseph E. Gilbert.  Joseph was born December 30, 1862 in Kewanee, Illinois.

According to Mary's obituary, the family lived in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and finally came back to Nebraska.  Tracking them down in the census records confirms this.  Mary and Joseph were married February 27, 1884 in Humboldt, Richardson County, Nebraska.

In the 1900 census, the family was living in Girard, Crawford County, Kansas, where Joseph was a salesman.  The family consisted of Joseph, 38; Mary, 41; Gertrude, 15; and Clinton B, 9.  Gertrude was listed as being born in Kansas; Clinton was listed as being born in Nebraska.

Source: Joseph E. Gilbert household, 1900 U.S. census, Girard, Crawford County, Kansas, dwelling 118, family 118, [database on-line], Provo, UT

The state of Kansas conducted their own census on March 1, 1905, and the family was living at that time in Walnut, Crawford County, Kansas.  The family consisted at this time of Joseph, 42; Mary, 44; Clinton, 14; and Constance, 2.    Oldest daughter Getrude had died November 11, 1902, according to Mary's obituary, and probably died in Girard.

Source: J.E. Gilbert household, 1905 Kansas State census, population schedule, Walnut, Crawford County, Kansas, dwelling 26, family 26, [database on-line], Provo, UT.

In the 1910 census, the family had moved to Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, where Joseph was again a retail merchant.  The family consisted of Joseph, 47; Mary, 48; Clinton, 20 ; Hattie, 20 [Clinton's wife]; and Constance, 7.  Mary was listed as working as a clerk in the retail store. This is the only census where she was listed with an occupation since she was married.

Source: Joseph E. Gilbert household, 1910 U.S. census, Ward 4, Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, dwelling 284, family 241, [database on-line], Provo, UT

In the 1920 census, the family was still in Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.  Members listed were Joseph, 57; Mary, 61; and Constance, 17.  Joseph's occupation at this time was listed as a farmer.

Source: Joseph E. Gilbert household, 1920 U.S. census, Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, dwelling 17, family 17, [database on-line], Provo, Utah

Joseph died February 9, 1930 [probably Hennessey] and in the 1930 census Mary was living with Constance and her husband in Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma.

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