Sunday, December 18, 2016

Exploratory Data Analysis : Emeline (Philbrick) Moulton (1817-1881)

Emeline (Philbrick) Moulton (1817-1881) was my paternal third great-grandmother.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.

1. Vital Records

     Emeline was born May 29, 1817 in Johnstown, Licking County, Ohio, according to my database.  The Philbrick genealogy gives her year of birth as 18201, while census records puts her birth at circa 18222,3.

     1.1. Birth Certificate

           The State of Ohio did not require birth certificates at the time of Emeline's birth.  Statewide registration of births stated in 1867.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

                If Emeline's birth was mentioned in a newspaper, I've not yet located it. Will need to check with state and local archives to see if they have any newspapers from the time period.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

                I'm not aware of any surviving Philbrick family Bible that mentions Emeline.  Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one can be located.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

                I'm not aware of any baptismal record for Emeline.  I am not sure of the church affiliation of the Philbrick family at this time.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

                There is no indication that Emeline was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

           Emeline married Albert Moulton on August 30, 1847 in Knox County, Ohio4.  This record is a recent find, and will be the subject of a future blog post.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

                I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period to see if Albert and Emeline's nuptials are mentioned.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period regarding any anniversaries.  Albert is believed to have died in 1864, possibly in California.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

                I have not yet searched for divorce records for Albert and Emeline.  According to biographical sketch for Clara Moulton, her father went to California during the Gold Rush and died in that state.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Emeline died January 16, 18811, likely in Newton County, Indiana.  Will need to search local death records to see if they have a record of her death.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

                Will need to search available newspapers from the time to see if mention of Emeline's obituary was mentioned.  Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Will need to search records of the local historical society to see if they have any records of funeral homes that might pertain to Emeline.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

                Once I locate where she was buried, I will seek out a photograph of her tombstone and add it to my database.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 17, 1880, Emeline was enumerated in the William G. Cox household in Beaver Township, Newton County, Indiana5, as Emeline Molton, age 58, sister-in-law, born Ohio.  Her father and mother were born in Vermont.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

               On August 17, 1870, Emeline was enumerated in the Charles Hagaman household in Chillicothe Township, Livingston County, Missouri3, as Emeline Moulton, age 48, born in Ohio.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 20, 1860, Emeline was enumerated in the Lydia Moulton household in St. Albans Township, Licking County, Ohio2, as Emeline Moulton, age 38, female, born in Ohio.

          2.1.4. 1850 Federal Census

                I have not yet located Emeline or family in the 1850 census.  Will continue to search for them, as this will likely resolve many mysteries in this family.

     2.2. State Census Records

          No state census records in Ohio are known to exist.

          The State of Indiana conducted census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931.  These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

           I have not yet examined these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Philbrick or Moulton families.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

           Not applicable, as Emeline was a female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by her husband or father that would make Emeline eligible to receive pension benefits.

     3.3. Service Records

           Not applicable, as Emeline was a female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Knox and Licking Counties, Ohio and Newton County, Indiana to see what records might mention Emeline.   Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

           Plat maps of Knox and Licking Counties, Ohio and Newton County, Indiana need to be searched to see what information can be gleaned that might be relevant for my search.

5. Supplemental Records

      Supplemental records to research for Emeline include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.


1. Rev. Jacob Chapman, A Genealogy of the Philbrick and Philbrook Families, Descended from the Emigrant, Thomas Philbrick 1583-1667 (Exeter, New Hampshire, USA: Exeter Gazette Steam Printing House, 1886), page 103.
2. Lydia Moulton household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, St. Albans Twp., Licking Co., OH, Alexandria P.O., dwelling 121, family 121; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 999., Page 459.
3. Charles Hagaman household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Chillicothe Twp., Livingston Co., MO, Page 16, Farmersville P.O., dwelling 104, family 106; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 789.
4. "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch( : 8 December 2014), Albert Moulton and Emeline Philbrick, 30 Aug 1847; citing Knox, Ohio, United States, reference cn 16, p 43; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 378,591.
5. 1880 U.S. Census, Newton County, Indiana, population schedule, Beaver Township, enumeration district (ED) 129, SD 5, page 19, dwelling 177, household 179, ; digital images, ( : accessed 18 December 2016); National Archives, Washington, D.C..

This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.

No comments: