1870 Census of Menard County, IL p.288
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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:  288
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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   6    6   THOMAS         John           22   M    W                             100       IL                                                           X     X
 2   6    6   THOMAS         Mary           24   F    W                                       IL                                                           X     X
 3   6    6   THOMAS         Hulda          20   F    W                                       IL                                                           X     X
 4   6    6   MCDOWELL       Charles        14   M    W                                       IL                                                    X            X
 5   7    7   LOUIS          William        37   M    W    Farmer         3,600     1,000     IL                                                           X     X
 6   7    7   LOUIS          Nancy          30   F    W    Housekeeping                       IL                                                           X     X
 7   7    7   LOUIS          George         13   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 8   8    8   WALKER         Edwin          34   M    W    Farmer                   400       VT
 9   8    8   WALKER         Mary           29   F    W    Keeping House                      IN
 10  8    8   WALKER         Alice          10   F    W                                       IA                                                    X
 11  8    8   WALKER         James          8    M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 12  8    8   WALKER         Catherine      3    F    W                                       IL
 13  8    8   DAWSON         Sarah          28   F    W    Teaching School          100       IN
 14  8    8   DAWSON         Dawson         24   M    W    Laborer        2,000     100       IN
 15  9    9   WATKINS        John           33   M    W    Farmer         1,300     500       IN
 16  9    9   WATKINS        Louisa         30   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 17  9    9   WATKINS        Andrew         9    M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 18  9    9   WATKINS        John           3    M    W                                       IL
 19  9    9   WATKINS        Albert         1    M    W                                       IL
 20  10   10  GURNSEY        Amos           43   M    W    Farmer         10,000    1,000     NY
 21  10   10  GURNSEY        Lucinda        33   F    W    Keeping House                      IL                                                                 X
 22  10   10  GURNSEY        John W.        11   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 23  10   10  GURNSEY        William        10   M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 24  10   10  GURNSEY        Amos J.        7    M    W                                       IL                                                    X
 25  10   10  GURNSEY        Charles        4    M    W                                       IL
 26  10   10  GURNSEY        Sarah          2    F    W                                       IL
 27  10   10  GURNSEY        Eliza          4mo  F    W                                       IL                              Feb
 28  10   10  DUFER          Nancy          74   F    W                                       MD
 29  11   11  SUTTON         Francis        40   M    W    Farmer                   200       MO                                                                 X
 30  11   11  SUTTON         Catherine      20   F    W    Keeping House                      IL                                                           X     X
 31  11   11  SUTTON         William        2    M    W                                       IL
 32  12   12  GORDEN         John H.        28   M    W    Farmer         500       500       IL
 33  12   12  GORDEN         Caroline       24   F    W    Keeping House                      IL
 34  12   12  GORDEN         Mabell         4    F    W                                       IL
 35  12   12  GORDEN         Alice          1    F    W                                       IL
 36  12   12  GORDEN         Altie          1    F    W                                       IL
 37  13   13  THOMAS         James          35   M    W    Farmer         1,500     500       IL                                                           X     X
 38  13   13  THOMAS         Hester A.      27   F    W                                       IL                                                           X     X
 39  13   13  THOMAS         Evaline        10   F    W                                       IL                                                    X
 40  13   13  THOMAS         Addison        8    M    W                                       IL                                                    X


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