Claim Your Ancestor #59: Virginia, 1880: Threatens Census Worker?

Dear Students,
In going through your family tree I found a Confederate Soldier in Virginia living with his sons in 1880, right after the Compromise of 1877 ends Reconstruction and Union Troops leave the South.

I'm sure your ancestor was distrustful of Federal officials, or maybe he was just fed up with having his world turned upside down over the last 20 years, because when asked his occupation, your ancestor gave quite a response.


Yes -- you see it right. "Occupation -- Watching With Arms for His Enemies."  

This is the only response of it's kind in the 45 pages of that cities' 1880 Census -- I know this because I read and re-read every line of that Census looking for his friends to see if they were signaling something like the Know Nothings.  

I found nothing, which means there probably is something. 

You should investigate where he spent his days and who he was hanging around with....


10 Data Pools


For my students looking for something to research -- here you go. 

 Go through one of them or all of them and look for the documents that stir your curiosity, then discuss your research with me and write it up so that other people can learn from your insight*

Data Pool 1: 1916 Pennsylvania Death Certificates

Data Pool 2 1930 Pennsylvania Death Certificates

Data Pool 3: Fort Smith Arkansas Criminal Records Jacket 151

Data Pool 4: Almshouse Admissions, Oneida, New York

Data Pool 5: Mortality Schedules 1850-1870, Thomas and Lowndes Counties

Data Pool 6: Michigan Divorce Court Rulings

Data Pool 7: Slave Manifests of Ships Arriving in New Orleans

Data Pool 8: Mortality Schedule for Leon and Madison Counties, 1885

Data Pool 9: Texas Death Certificates

Data Pool 10: Admissions to Almshouses in Richmond and Queens, New York

Data Pool 10: Richmond and Queens






























Data Pool 9: Texas Death Certificates