HOLMES census errors

R. Holmes (Hrholmes@cris.com)
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 12:34:05 -0400 (EDT)

In case anyone is researching HOLMESes in upstate New York 1800-1840, I
found a couple of errors in the census schedule itself and in the
Accelerated Indexing census indices.

In the 1800 census for Hamilton, which then was in Chenango Co., the index
shows no HOLMESes; however, there does appear to be a HOLMES in the
population schedule:

Page Name Data
866 Elijah Hol[me]s 00020-00010-00-3

The last part of the last name isn't completely legible, but I think it
says Holmes. Note that in 1810 the census taker in that area wrote only
first initials, and there was no E. Holmes listed. However, Elijah Holmes
does appear in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses, and all the census data
are approximately consistent with his being the Elijah Holmes who died May
6, 1849 aged 76 and was buried at Hubbardsville (references on request).

The second error is in the 1840 census population schedule itself. One of
the Holmeses in Hamilton is listed as Ira Holmes. It appears likely that
he was in fact not Ira but the Hiram Holmes who is listed in the 1850, 1855
(state), and 1860 censuses, and who died Feb. 28, 1864 at age 59 y 6 m 26
d. Hiram was my great great grandfather.

(And if anyone out there cares about HOLMESes in early 19th c. Hamilton,
write me!)

- Rich Holmes