1870 Census of Menard County, IL p.284
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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:  284
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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   70   68  GOVEL          Reuben         26   M    W    Farm Laborer                       IL                 X      X
 2   70   68  GOVEL          Mary           28   F    W    Keeping House                      IL                        X
 3   70   68  GOVEL          Joseph         13   M    W                                       IL
 4   70   68  GOVEL          Eliza J.       7    F    W                                       IL
 5   70   68  GOVEL          Daniel         3    M    W                                       IL
 6   70   68  GOVEL          Amelia         7mo  F    W                                       IL                              Oct
 7   71   69  MCHENRY        Martin         60   M    W    Farmer         3,600     1,000     KY
 8   71   69  MCHENRY        Martha         40   F    W    Keeping House                      IL                                                                 X
 9   71   69  MCHENRY        Mary E.        30   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 10  71   69  MCHENRY        Roda           23   F    W                                       IL
 11  71   69  MCHENRY        Malinda        13   F    W                                       IL
 12  71   69  MCHENRY        Daniel         19   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 13  71   69  MCHENRY        Greene         9    M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 14  71   69  MCHENRY        Not Named      1    M    W                                       IL
 15  71   69  JONES          Bridgeman      15   M    W                                       IL
 16  71   69  JONES          Samantha       9    F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 17  71   69  JONES          Nicholas       7    M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 18  71   69  JONES          Ida            6    F    W                                       IL
 19  71   69  GASTON         Mary           75   F    W                             100       NC                                                                 X
 20  72   70  DAWSON         James W.       36   M    W    Farmer         2,000     600       IN                                                                 X
 21  72   70  DAWSON         Martha E.      21   F    W    Housekeeping                       IN                                                           X     X
 22  72   70  DAWSON         Isaac          10   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 23  72   70  DAWSON         Charles        7    M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 24  72   70  DAWSON         George         4    M    W                                       IL
 25  72   70  DAWSON         Thomas         2    M    W                                       IL
 26  72   70  DAWSON         William        2    M    W                                       IL
 27  72   70  DAWSON         Samuel         1mo  M    W                                       IL                              Apr
 28  72   70  DAWSON         John           20   M    W                                       IL
 29  73   71  DUFER          William        30   M    W    Farmer         1,600     600       NY
 30  73   71  DUFER          Fannie         23   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 31  73   71  DUFER          Oregon         6    M    W                                       IL
 32  73   71  DUFER          Alonzo         2    M    W                                       IL
 33  73   71  DUFER          Not Named      4mo  F    W                                       IL                              Feb
 34  74   72  HOUGHTON       Zef            23   M    W    farmer         6,500               IL
 35  74   72  HOUGHTON       Frances        22   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 36  74   72  HOUGHTON       John E.        3mo  M    W                                       IL                              Mar
 37  74   72  MILLER         Sarah          14   F    W                                       IL                                                    X            X
 38  74   72  PLUE           Joseph         19   M    W    Farm Laborer                       IN
 39  75   73  POTTER         John           61   M    W    Farmer         7,500     3,000     IN                                                                 X
 40  75   73  POTTER         Catherine      58   F    W    Keeping House                      KY                                                                 X


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