1870 Census of Menard County, IL p.268
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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:  Tallula  REEL NO:  593.260  PAGE NO:  268
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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   34   33  RUH            Julia          66   F    W    Keeping House  2,000               Baden              X      X
 2   34   33  RUH            Lucy           26   F    W                                       NY                 X      X
 3   34   33  YENSON         Fritz          42   M    W    Farm laborer                       Prussia            X      X
 4   35   34  CENTER         James H.       46   M    W    Farmer         5,000     300       OH
 5   35   34  CENTER         Elizabeth      40   F    W    Keeping House                      TN                                                                 X
 6   35   34  CENTER         Elijah         20   M    W                                       IL                                                           X     X
 7   35   34  CENTER         Nancy J.       12   F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 8   35   34  CENTER         Ellen          10   F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 9   35   34  CENTER         Hannah E.      8    F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 10  35   34  CENTER         Elizabeth      5    F    W                                       IL
 11  35   34  CENTER         James L.       3    M    W                                       IL
 12  36   35  HARLEY         Cornelius      40   M    W    Farmer                   1,000     Ireland            X      X
 13  36   35  HARLEY         Kate           33   F    W    Keeping House                      Ireland            X      X                                  X     X
 14  36   35  HARLEY         Eliza          12   F    W                                       IL                 X      X
 15  36   35  SCANLIN        John           40   M    W    Farm Laborer             200       Ireland            X      X                                  X     X
 16  36   35  MECAN          James          40   M    W    Farm Laborer                       Ireland            X      X
 17  37   36  COUCHMAN       Erasmus        50   M    W    Farmer         15,000    2,000     KY
 18  37   36  COUCHMAN       Sophia         50   F    W    Keeping House                      OH
 19  37   36  COUCHMAN       Margaret       27   F    W                                       IL
 20  37   36  COUCHMAN       James C.       19   M    W                             100       IL                                                    X
 21  37   36  GRAMLICH       Katie          16   F    W    Domestic Servant                   IL                 X      X
 22  37   36  ALLISON        Fredrick       31   M    W    farm Laborer                       OH                 X      X
 23  37   36  ALLISON        Franklin       10   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 24  37   36  COUCHMAN       William        21   M    W    Farmer                   450       IL                                        Apr
 25  37   36  COUCHMAN       Elizabeth      18   F    W    Keeping House  6,000     750       IL                                                    X
 26  38   37  PURKAPILE      John           26   M    W    Farmer                   200       IL
 27  38   37  PURKAPILE      Aristine       24   F    W    Keeping House                      IL                 X
 28  38   37  PURKAPILE      Clementine     3    F    W                                       IL
 29  38   37  PURKAPILE      John A.        1    M    W                             8,000     IL
 30  39   38  WILLSON        George         75   M    W    Farmer         12,800              NJ
 31  39   38  WILLSON        Milley         67   F    W    Keeping House                      VA
 32  39   38  MCKITTON       Arche          51   M    W    Farm Laborer                       Ireland
 33  39   38  WILLSON        George         30   M    W    Farm Laborer             100       IL
 34  39   38  HOFF           Elizabeth      26   F    W    Housekeeper              2,500     IL
 35  40   39  SMEDLEY        Charles        35   M    W    Farmer         7,000     2,000     IL
 36  40   39  SMEDLEY        Sarah A.       36   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 37  40   39  SMEDLEY        Millard B.     12   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 38  40   39  SMEDLEY        Ida M.         9    F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 39  40   39  SMEDLEY        Cora E.        6    F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 40  40   39  SMEDLEY        Milton         4    M    W                                       IL


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