Census Sunday – Simeon B Roberts, Lydia Jane Shackford’s Husband, Was His Own Enumerator! (Blog 403)

Normally we wonder if the person who spoke to the census taker knew the correct details regarding the family and if the census taker was accurate in writing down or transcribing that information onto the census record.  But we’re pretty certain the information in the 1910 Rollingsford Census is correct for Simeon B Roberts and his family because he was his own census taker (formally called the enumerator)!

Simeon, the son of Aaron and Elizabeth (Fernald) Roberts also worked as a clerk in a store, farmer, was active in agricultural development, postmaster, represented Rollinsford in the state legislature, worked as a Representative to the General Court, was the master of the local grange, and was involved in Republican politics.

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1910 Census Rollinsford, New Hampshire

Roberts Simon B, Head, M W, age 60, M, 38, New Hampshire, Farmer, Vegt
——- Lydia J, Wife, F, W, 59, M, 38, 9 children 7 living, born New Hampshire [Lydia Jane Shackford, daughter of Joseph E and Eliza Jane (Palmer) Shackford, jsp]
——- Herbert A, son, M, W, 29, M, 8, born New Hampshire, Laborer, Farm
——- Lily P, Dau in Law, F, W, 26, M, 8, 5 children, 4 living, born England
——- Ernest R, Son, M, W, 26, S, born Maine
——- George R, Son, M, W, 22, M, 3, born New Hampshire
——- Delia M, Dau in Law, F, W, 21, M, 3, born New Hampshire
——- Elizabeth, Mother, F, W, 90, W, born Maine [Elizabeth Fernald, jsp]
——- Harold C, Grandson, M, W, 7, born New Hampshire [son of Herbert A Roberts, jsp]
——- Arthur E, Grandson, M, W, 5, born New Hampshire [son of Herbert A Roberts, jsp]
——- James P, Grandson, M, W, 1, born New Hampshire [son of Herbert A Roberts, jsp]
——- Mildred H, Granddaughter, F, W, 2/12, born New Hampshire [dau of Herbert A Roberts, jsp]

Simeon and his wife Lydia probably had nine children but only seven survived. We’ll be writing more about Simeon and his wife Lydia Jane Shackford in a future blog.

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SOURCES:

1900 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Rollinsford, enumeration district (ED) 237, Sheet No 1A, Page no 119 (stamped_, dwelling 4, family 4, Simeon Roberts; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 January 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Rollinsford, enumeration district (ED) 299, Sheet No 18B, Home visited 254, Family Number 353, Simeon B Roberts; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 January 2017).

Scales John, History of Strafford County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens (Chicago, Ill: Richmond-Arnold Publishing, 1914), page 633; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 22 January 2017.

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