1870 Census of Menard County, IL p.221
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NOTE: This transcription is meant to be a guide only. It is the transcribers interpretation and subject to human error. Always refer to the original document (or microfilm) for your own interpretation.



Transcribed by: Shirley A. Aleguas, ©2002 from the National Archives and Records Administration Federal Population Schedules for the 9th Census of the United States in 1870.

Note: The Census taker consistently spelled names the way they sounded, so you will need to be creative when searching for your ancestor names. If you find corrections, please email me, recognizing that there were many many errors made by the census taker in preparing the schedules.


This is the 1870 federal census for Menard County, IL.

LN = Line Number Family appeared on
HN = Dwelling houses numbered in the order of visitation
FN = Families numbered in the order of visitation
LAST NAME, FIRST NAME = The Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the 1st day of June, 1860, was in this family
RACE = Color (white, black or mulatto)
OCCUP. = Profession, Occupation,or Trade of each Male over 15 years of age
REAL VAL. = Value of Real Estate owned
PERS VAL. = Value of Personal Estate owned
BIRTHPLACE = Place of Birth, Naming the State, Territory, or Country
FOREIGN BIRTH - FATHER = Indicates whether the father was born in a foreign country
FOREIGN BIRTH - MOTHER = Indicates whether the mother was born in a foreign country
MONTH BORN = Birth month
MONTH MARRIED = Month Married if within the year
ATT. SCHOOL = Attended School within the year
CAN'T READ = Persons over 21 yrs of age who cannot read
CAN'T WRITE = Persons over 21 yrs of age who cannot write
DEAF = Whether deaf & dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.
M-21yrs = Male, twenty-one years of age or older.
VOTE-DENIED = Indicates whether the person has been denied the right to vote.

CENSUS YR:  1870  TERRITORY:  IL  COUNTY:  Menard  DIVISION:  Petersburg  REEL NO:  593.260  PAGE NO:  221
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 LN  HN   FN  LAST NAME      FIRST NAME     AGE SEX  RACE  OCCUP.       REAL VAL. PERS VAL.   BIRTHPLACE       FOREIGN BIRTH  MONTH     MONTH     ATT.   CAN'T CAN'T DEAF M-21yrs VOTE-
                                                                                                               FATHER MOTHER  BORN      MARR.     SCHOOL READ  WRITE              DENIED
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 1   418  412 BEEKMAN        Mary           45   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 2   418  412 BEEKMAN        Lizzie         23   F    W                                       IL
 3   418  412 BEEKMAN        George         21   M    W                                       IL
 4   418  412 BEEKMAN        Julia          18   F    W                                       IL
 5   418  412 BEEKMAN        Timothy        16   M    W                                       IL
 6   418  412 BEEKMAN        Anna           14   F    W                                       IL
 7   418  412 BEEKMAN        Ellen          12   F    W                                       IL
 8   418  412 BEEKMAN        William        9    M    W                                       IL
 9   418  412 BEEKMAN        Carrie         6    F    W                                       IL
 10  418  412 GORDON         John L.        25   M    W    Farm Laborer                       NY
 11  418  412 BOLEN          Pat            30   M    W    Farm Laborer                       Ireland            X      X
 12  418  412 FLICK          Lizzie         21   F    W    Domestic Servant                   VA
 13  419  413 COLBY          Jonathan       62   M    W    Farmer         25,000    4,650     NH
 14  419  413 COLBY          Mary           30   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 15  419  413 COLBY          Maria          22   F    W                                       IL
 16  419  413 COLBY          Gorman         20   M    W                                       IL
 17  419  413 CHRISTIAN      James          20   M    W    Farm Laborer                       IN
 18  419  413 LAWRENCE       Nick           22   M    W    Farm Laborer                       OH
 19  420  414 NEFF           Martin         56   M    W    Farmer         20,000    4,000     VA
 20  420  414 NEFF           John           25   M    W                                       VA
 21  420  414 NEFF           Hannah         23   F    W                                       VA
 22  420  414 NEFF           David          18   M    W                                       VA
 23  420  414 NEFF           Hermon         16   M    W                                       VA                                                    X
 24  420  414 NEFF           Lydia          13   F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 25  420  414 HICKEY         Thomas         11   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 26  421  415 SMEDLEY        William        45   M    W                   27,000    55,000    KY
 27  421  415 SMEDLEY        Martha         42   F    W                                       KY
 28  421  415 SMEDLEY        Joseph         20   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 29  421  415 SMEDLEY        John           18   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 30  421  415 SMEDLEY        Edwin          16   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 31  421  415 SMEDLEY        Martha         14   F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 32  421  415 SMEDLEY        Hardon         10   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 33  422  416 HURD           John           62   M    W    Farmer         10,000    2,500     NH
 34  422  416 HURD           Elizabeth      65   F    W    Keeping House                      NH
 35  422  416 DICKSON        James E.       26   M    W                             500       MD
 36  422  416 DICKSON        Salona         26   F    W                                       IL
 37  422  416 MORRIS         Mike           25   M    W    Farm Laborer                       Ireland            X      X
 38  425  417 OSBORN         Barton         37   M    W    Farmer         12,000    3,000     IL
 39  425  417 OSBORN         Eliza          35   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 40  425  417 OSBORN         Alvia          14   F    W                                       IL                                                    X


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