April 17, 2009

Frustration Friday – The big pink elephant

Posted in genealogy, Laughlin at 11:02 AM by Kris P

I think I have made a bit of headway, amazingly enough. I found an 1810 census that has a John W. Laughlin and Benjamin Sharp on the same page. I’ll have to consult my notes, but I believe Ben was a brother-in-law to my elusive John.

However, I have NO idea how to read these colums in the census! Its not all nice and spelled out for me like in the later census years. Anyone have any clarification on the colums, I would surely appreciate it!

I also know that John is his father, Alexander’s, only son, which would make him the primary heir in Alexander’s will…..if I could just find it. Its got to be in Virginia, since that’s the state Alexander died in 1806.

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1 Comment »

  1. cstaats00 said,

    Hi Kris –

    You can go to http://www.ancestry.com/charts/census.aspx to download blank census forms for each year. You don’t have to be a member – these are free downloads. They are labeled with the column headings so you can decipher them.

    Good luck!


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