The 1820 and 1830 censuses list the name of the head of household, the sex and age ranges of members in a household (ex: number of free white males age 26-44 or number of free white females under the age of 10). Because the census does not include names of household members or their relationships, we are not ever totally certain who lived in the household however one can make a best guess as to who lived in a household.
We chose to compare the 1820 and 1830 census to William Shackford’s family by creating the attached spreadsheet. The comparison shows us that the censuses match William’s family exactly with the addition of one additional female family member age 45 and over living in the household in the 1820 census.
Once we’d created the spreadsheet, we decided to learn more about William’s household after William died and discover that his wife Mercy was left to care for a family with 9 children ages 19, 17, 16, 12, 10, 8, 4, 3,and 1. This helps us understand why two years after William’s death, Mercy married Joseph Newell, a man almost 30 years her age and may help us understand more about the lives of her children who lost a father at such a young age.
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Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Marcy Shackford m Joseph Newell, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 June 2016); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.
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