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The ENOS Family and Hinson Village, PA

The ENOS family (variant spellings include ENAS/ENUS/ENNIS/ENUS/ENIS/EINES/ENS, etc. many others!) is one of my maternal grandfather’s line of ancestors that I discovered this past summer when researching the SNIVELY family who will be the subject of another post primarily about military research.

In the fall of 2016, I went to Harrisburg, PA in order to visit the Pennsylvania Archives since I have discovered that many of my maternal ancestors who came to Toledo have ancestry from that state.

For instance, both the ROBINSON and JONES families in the previously posted entry regarding the JONES/ROBINSON family have their roots in Pennsylvania. James Edward ROBINSON, whose obituary is listed in this blog was originally from Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. His wife Nancy JONES ROBINSON was born in Ohio but her mother was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania as were her older brother and sister.

The SNIVELY family mentioned above, one of whom married an ENOS female ancestor, I have traced them to Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and believe they may have originally lived in Franklin County, PA which was where a large amount of white SNIVELY’s lived.

The female ancestor who married into the SNIVELY family was named Mary Ellen ENOS. Her surname was spelled in so many different variations over the years that it was ridiculous how much time I spent trying to find out what the heck her name really was!

I first started tracing her after finding the death certificate of her son Grandville SNIVELY Sr.  His death certificate shown below stated that his mother’s maiden name was EINSES.  This was one of the weirdest names I had ever come across.  I thought maybe it was some sort of strange French name due to the reference regarding Montreal, which is in Quebec, the French speaking province of Canada.  However,  I could not find anyone who married Grandville’s father Jeremiah SNIVELY whose last name was EINSES.  The second time I found reference to Mary was in Grandville SNIVELY’s marriage records.  He was married twice, the first time to a woman named Mary CHANDLER.  The marriage record from Michigan also stated that his mother’s maiden name was EINES, which was similar to EINSES but I could not find anything about Mary other than these two entries for her son Grandville SNIVELY who is my 2nd great grandfather.

This past year, I have started a trend of not only performing searches on direct ancestors – like grandparents and great grandparents, but also on their brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.  I knew that Grandville SNIVELY’s father was named Jeremiah SNIVELY, also known as Jerry SNIVELY.  The SNIVELY’s originally were from Pennsylvania, as stated above.  They moved to the Chatham-Kent area of SE Ontario, Canada in the 1850s.

I searched for Canadian births of SNIVELY surnames and saw Grandville along with a younger brother named Nathan SNIVELY.  Both were born in Ontario.  I did some digging into Nathan to see if I could find his marriage and death records, among other sources and found his marriage record to wife Mary TRUSBLOOM.  In that record, it stated that his mother’s maiden name was Mary ENOS.

I did another search for Mary with the surname of ENOS and discovered her listed with her parents – Nathan Bailey ENOS and mother Julia Ann ALLISON ENOS in Chester County, Pennsylvania on the 1850 Census of the US.  She was listed also on the Canadian Census of Ontario in 1861 with her parents in the same area where the SNIVELY family had also moved to in Canada.

I had to do a manual search through the Ontario, Canada marriage records due to them not being able to be queried at the time on the Family Search website.  Knowing that Grandville was the oldest child based on Census records and him being born in 1868 due to a birth record I found, I browsed through each year of marriage records from 1863 through 1870 until I found an entry showing that Jeremiah SNIVELY married Mary ENESS on November 30, 1867.  Her parents were listed as Juliana and Baly ENESS and she was born in approximately 1844 in the United States.

Since finding a connection to the ENOS family via Mary, I have been doing a lot of research into this line on my family tree.  Recently I discovered that the father of Nathan Bailey ENOS was Ceasar ENOS via the Chester County, PA “Poor School Children” records.  Chester County, PA is now one of my favorite places in my genealogical research since they have a wealth of information on their own site, for free that you can peruse and obtain reference material on one’s family.

I have discovered through the Chester County records along with Census records that Ceasar ENOS was a free black person who was originally from the state of Delaware.  He was born in approximately 1780 and lived in Sussex County, DE before moving to Chester County, PA.  Both of these areas are very close to each other geographically.

I also discovered due to that trip to Harrisburg, that Nathan Bailey ENOS lived in a community called Hinson Village or Hinsonville, Pennsylvania, which was a community of free black people where Lincoln University (PA) is currently located.  Lincoln University was this country’s first established Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and was founded in 1854.

Nathan Bailey ENOS was enumerated in this community with his wife Julia and six of his children in 1850.  A review of deeds at the Pennsylvania Archives showed that Nathan Bailey ENOS (called Bailey ENOS/ENICE) purchased land from a man named Jesse HINSON in Chester County, PA in 1843 for $200.  He sold the land in 1847 for $400 to a John BURNS.  I believe that Bailey ENOS and his family moved to the Chatham-Kent area – the Buxton Settlement in Canada around 1851-1854.  Bailey was enumerate on census records and land records in Canada from the 1860s-1870s.  He then came back to the United States in around 1879-1880.  He was enumerated in Monroe, Michigan with his wife and some of his children on the 1880 US Census.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find his death certificate, but I am pretty certain that he died in Michigan.  Most of his children moved to the Ypsilanti area first, then to other parts of Michigan.  Mary ENOS SNIVELY died in Ypsilanti, per the previous post regarding obituaries and death records, in 1880 of tuberculosis.  Her son Grandville SNIVELY later moved to Flint, Michigan where he divorced his first wife Mary CHANDLER.  There he met Reva MORRISON who is my 2nd great grandmother  and his 2nd wife.  They later moved to Toledo in the early 1900s.

In researching the ENOS family, I have been fascinated with Hinson Village/Hinsonville and its history.  Bailey ENOS initially bought his land in Hinsonville from Jesse HINSON whose  father – Emory HINSON Sr., founded Hinson Village in the 1820s when he became the first black owner of land in that part of Pennsylvania.  I have been trying to figure out how these families were connected or if they were related over the course of my research.

Currently I am at a mysterious sort of roadblock that I am slowly climbing up and around in regards to the connection between the HINSON and ENOS families.  I checked out a book from the University of Toledo Carlson Library called “Hinsonville, A Community at the Crossroads – The Story of a 19th Century African American Village.”  In this book there is not much mentioned about the ENOS family except deed information showing where Bailey’s land was and a mentioning of the fact that he bought the land he owned from Jesse HINSON.

The author, on page 20 describes that not much is known about the HINSON family.  Many African Americans believe that this HINSON family is also related to the HENSON family of Maryland, of which the famous explorer – Matthew HENSON who was the first black man to go to the North Pole descended from.   Emory HINSON Sr. of Hinsonville was also from Maryland but not much is known about his life.  However, in connection with my ENOS family I think that the book provided some insight into who the mother of Bailey ENOS could be.  Page 20 says as follows:

Ironically, although the hamlet bears Emory Hinson’s name, his small family did not remain long in the area.  By 1841, Hinson’s wife had died.  In keeping with what appears to have been a pattern among widows and widowers in that rural community, Emory Hinson remarried within three years, taking a woman named Keziah as his second wife in February 1844.  Keziah ad been born in Delaware in 1795, but the county and local records reveal little more about her except that she did not bear any children to Emory, or at least none was ever listed in their household.  To be sure she was already forty-nine years old when they married.  Then after her husband’s death in 1852, she left Hinsonville.

Bailey ENOS purchased his land in Hinsonville and moved to that area around the time that Keziah married Emory HINSON Sr.  I am thinking that Keziah may have been Bailey ENOS’ mother.  On page 21 of this book, it was stated that one of the early presidents of Lincoln University – Horace Mann, wrote that Emory HINSON Sr. sold his lands in order to move to Upper Canada in 1851.  Bailey ENOS and his family also moved to “Upper Canada” which is what SE Ontario was referred to at the time, in the early 1850s.

Bailey ENOS also had a daughter named Keziah, which I thought was a pretty unique name.  So even though there is only my coincidental hunch, I am leading to the conclusion that Keziah married Emory HINSON Sr. after both of them became widowed.  After 1830 there are no records mentioning Ceasar ENOS that I can find so I assumed he may have died between 1840 and 1850 similar to the death of Emory HINSON’s wife and that they married each other and one of Emory’s sons – Jesse HINSON sold land to Bailey due to him being a step-brother.

More digging is needed on this but I am excited to look more into the mystery.

The site I mentioned in another post – freeafricanamericans.com also has an entry about a free ENNIS/ANNIS family of Delaware and Maryland and I believe that Bailey and Ceasar ENOS are connected to the family detailed on that website.  I am hoping that eventually I can find out more information linking the ENOS family and the HINSON families and other free families that lived in Chester County, PA and the Buxton Settlement in Canada.

Death Records for Genealogy Research – What you might not be looking at! (Part 2)

As stated, I felt that Obituaries should have a separate entry being that they can provide additional information and details that can easily lead to more research opportunities.
In the Toledo area we are very fortunate that our Local History Department at the Main Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library will provide electronic copies of Obituaries published in the Toledo Blade for free. The Toledo Blade Obituary Index is provided via the Ancestry.Com site along with FamilySearch.org but you can also just go to their site directly, which I personally prefer and look up the person you are searching for. I prefer to go to the site because there is an option once you get a “hit” to request that they email you a copy of the obituary within two weeks. The library asks that you only make 3 requests per week. I make sure to follow those guidelines as I feel it is such a great service that they provide to us for no cost. Many other libraries around the country charge a minimum of $5-$25 for them to do this sort of research for you. So I am very appreciative of that.

This past year, I have probably put in a request for over 50 obituaries! The obits published in the Blade vary from just the list of deaths that are still published in the paper for public notices, to short write-ups to very extensive, in-depth obituaries. Some examples of obits are below:

Here is the obituary of Robert TRAYNUM Sr. He was the first of my TRAYNUM line to come to Toledo via the Great Migration from South Carolina. He died in 1933 and his address and cause of death was contained in his death notice. I found via using Google Maps that he lived a block from where I grew up in South Toledo! I also discovered that other TRAYNUM relatives actually lived across the street from where I grew up 70 years before and I never knew! His house is now a parking lot that I used to ride my bike in as a girl.

The earliest full Obituary that I’ve been sent is of James Edward ROBINSON, published in the blade in December of 1910 who I discovered had the nickname of “Bones.” The obit stated that Bones was one of the “one of the most well known negros” in the City due to his affiliation with an organization called the Toledo Cadets for about 40 years. Using information from his obituary caused me to look up the Toledo Cadets to learn about them. I found a book and purchased it about the history of the organization and was shocked that it included a copy of his picture! It is 120 years old and was published in 1896 and I feel very lucky to have found such a distant image of my 3rd great grandfather!

Interestingly the book also had a picture of William A Jones, the father of basketball legend William McNeill JONES written about in a previous post (Bill Jones – Basketball Pioneer). William JONES’ nickname was “Inky” and he also had an impressive obituary written up, which is below.

One of my favorite obituaries is of a 4th great uncle names Francis/Frank BURTON. Frank was born in Charlevoix County, Michigan, which is north of Saginaw and near the Petoskey area. Due to his obit mentioning that he worked for the WPA project on the Toledo Zoo Aquarium and Ampitheater, I think of him when I take the kids to the zoo. I loved that it spoke of what a hard working man he was and was surprised that it said he was a Potawatomi Indian. I have yet to see any other documentation of any native ancestry, but the area they lived in was a place where this tribe lived/resided at the time of Frank’s birth.

 

Other obituaries outside of Toledo I’ve found were primarily in the Ypsilanti, Michigan area whereas there is another blog similar to this one on the black history of Ypsilanti called South Adams Street 1900.  Mary ENOS SNIVELY only had a death notice shown below. Her husband Jeremiah SNIVELY was a veteran of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and fought in the Civil War. He and three of his brothers, who were all living in Canada at the time, came back to the United States in order to serve to help free the slaves in America. Jeremiah died on the same day as another “colored veteran” also named Jeremiah as noted in his obituary. Since Jeremiah SNIVELY was stated to have been a GAR member I am hoping to do some digging into Michigan GAR records to see if a picture can be found for him. Jeremiah SNIVELY’s obit also says he was a Mason, as did William A JONES’ above. I’m unsure if the Mason’s keep records but I plan on finding out from my relatives who are still members of the organization here in Toledo to see if I can learn more information about those ancestors who were involved in that group.

 

So make sure to thoroughly review obituaries, even death records.  I personally like looking up the homes where my ancestors lived via Google Maps.  Many of them are still standing and in the case of my TRAYNUM ancestor it was interesting to know I played where his home once stood.  The organizations that your ancestors were involved in, many of them kept historical records on members or they issued “Resolutions” that were read at the funeral and placed into safekeeping by that organization and many times you can request a copy.  You may be fortunate enough like I was to find a 120 year old picture of a relative as well.

It is also important to take note that all the information contained in obituaries may not be true so to not rely 100% on that information.  The reference to being a Native American in Frank Burton’s obituary, though interesting, I never believe these references to be true unless I find evidence to substantiate that claim.  Many people white and black claim to be “Indian” when they really don’t have any Native American ancestry and it is just a family myth.

 

1860 Census Free People of Color in Toledo

I’ve been working on getting the data from the 1860 Census uploaded onto the site and it is listed below.  In contrast to the previous census transcriptions posted (1850 Census of Toledo and 1840 Census of Toledo‘s free person of color population) There were 270 individuals listed versus only 37 in 1840 and 121 in 1850.

There were some familiar surnames including FIELDS, DEASE, NICKLOS/NICKLAS, and WILLIAMS that were on previous census records.  Also even one of my own ancestor’s surnames – WHITFIELD.  Unfortunately a man by the name of John WHITFIELD was the only black person in jail when the 1860 census was taken!!  I’ll have to visit the library to see if they have any information on early jails and court records that have indexes to see if there is any information about what happened to him.

Some interesting information found in the 1860 is as follows:

OLDEST RESIDENT

The oldest black resident in Toledo was listed as Essa Brown who stated she was 116 years old!  I don’t know if I believe this but the record stated that she was born in Virginia. She lived in the Harris household, which was headed by Peter Harris and what looks to be his wife Maria.  There was another black resident with the surname BROWN  on the census  – JW BROWN.  He did not live in the same household and I am not certain if they were related.  Perusing the early death records of the City of Toledo showed that a black female child by the name of Minerva BROWN died in 1859 at the age of 12.  It is uncertain if she is related to either JW BROWN or Essa BROWN.

MENTION OF PROMINENT RESIDENT

An eight year old black child named William HINDERS(or HINDERSON) was enumerated in the household of Morrison R. WAITE, a prominent Toledo resident and who Waite High School is named after.  WAITE became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1874.

William HINDERS/HINDERSON was listed as a “servant” in the household and he did not attend school in 1860.

REAL ESTATE OWNED

There were six households who owned real estate with a total value of $6,800.00.  Those persons were:

  • Robert NICKLOS who was on the previous Census records for Toledo from 1840 and 1850. He was listed as a Carpenter in 1860 and was born in New York.   He owned real estate valued at $1500 and a personal estate value of $300
  • George W TUCKER who was listed as a Barber from Kentucky owned real state valued at $300 with a personal estate valued at $250.
  • Alford COALMAN/COLEMAN who was listed as a Laborer from Virginia owned real estate valued at $200. Records reviewed on FamilySearch.Org showed a an “Alfred COLEMAN” died in Toledo on July 15, 1867 of Consumption.  He was listed as black with the occupation of “Washer.” Alford COALMAN/COLEMAN was headed a household of 4 other free persons, including a white woman, seemingly his wife Catherine COALMAN/COLEMAN who was born in Germany and 3 “mullatto” children.
  • William H MERRILL/MERRITT who lived in Sylvania and had the highest valued property at $3,500 in Sylvania. He was also listed as a Barber and was from Virginia.  He also had a personal estate of $500.  There was an entry on FamilySearch.Org of a Wm A. MERRETT who died on December 9, 1879 at the age of 59 years.  His death record stated he was born in Virginia in 1820.  He was married and “colored” with the occupation of Barber.  (Citation:  “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F6X1-5YF : 13 December 2014), Wm. A. Merrett, 09 Dec 1879; citing Death, Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, United States, source ID P. 296-297, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 909,032.).  William H. MERRITT lived in Toledo with a woman, seemingly is wife Elizabeth MERRITT.
  • Oliver JACOBS was owned real estate worth $300 and was from Indiana
  • John JACKSON was a Porter from Virginia who owned property valued at $1000.

EDUCATION AND SCHOOL

There were 22 children who were marked as having attended school in Toledo in the year of 1860.  Only 3 black children had attended school in 1850.  Per a previous entry regarding A Brief History of Toledo Public Schools, starting in 1853 all “colored” children were allowed to enter the public school system in segregated facilities.  In 1858 the city built a new school for black children and information from the Toledo Public School system showed that 31 children attended school in 1858 in that facility.  Some of the children in 1860 may not have been marked as having attended school or some may have left the system by 1860.  The children who attended school based on the 1860 Census were:

  • Charlotte L. NICKLOS age 9
  • Alphonse TUCKER age 16
  • Capar/Caspar TUCKER age 14
  • Carline FRANKLIN age 11
  • William FRANKLIN age 8
  • ___(unreadable) B. GREEN a female aged 13
  • Lerrisa(?) GREEN age 7
  • Edward WALKER age 15
  • George COALMAN/COLEMAN age 9
  • Julia COALMAN/COLEMAN age 7
  • Mary DENT age 10
  • William H. NATHAN age 14
  • Cornelius MARONY age 10
  • Sidney RICKEN age 8
  • George STEVENS age 10
  • Georgianna STEVENS age 8
  • David TABBOT age 8
  • Lusinda TABBOT age 12
  • John LOCK age 12
  • Albertson PARKS age 11
  • Mary E. EDWARDS age 9
  • Ellen LEWIS age 11

According to the 1860 Census 17 adult residents could not read or write out of 179 adults older than 15 years of age, so around 10% of the adult population were illiterate.

UPDATE:  Recently I have been doing some additional research into the JONES family headed by John W. JONES and Mary ARMSTRONG JONES.  One of their daughters Martha JONES married a man by the name of John DENT.  John DENT was the child of J. DENT and Sarah DENT shown on the 1860 Census below.

Below is a copy of the spreadsheet I created:

Residing In: Family# Name Age Gender Race Occupation  Value of RE  Value of PE Birthplace Attended school within the year Peron over 20 who cannot read/write Deaf,dumb, blind, insane idiotic, pauper or convict COMMENTS
Manhattan 1 Nicklos, Charlotte L. 9 F Mullatto Ohio Yes
Toledo 1 Nicklos, Electra 32 F Mullatto Michigan
Toledo 1 Nicklos, Florence 2 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 1 Nicklos, Isabelle 5 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 1 Nicklos, Robert 49 M Mullatto Carpenter  $      1,500.00  $       300.00 New York
Toledo 2 Fields, Anna (Mona) 13 F Black Ohio
Toledo 2 Fields, Harvey 48 M Black Labor  $                   –  $                – Canada
Toledo 2 Fields, Jane 43 F Black Washing  $                   –  $                – Canada
Toledo 2 Fields, John 11 M Black Ohio
Toledo 2 Fields, Lucious 18 M Black Labor Canada
Toledo 2 Fields, Mary 4 F Black Ohio
Toledo 2 Fields, Robert 21 M Black Teamster Canada
Toledo 2 Fields, William 14 M Black Canada
Toledo 3 Talbert, Benjamin F 19 M Black Barber Indiana
Toledo 4 Schuler, Charles 36 M White Laborer  $                   –  $                – Germany Cannot read/write Married to Mullatto woman
Toledo 4 Schuler, Elaina 40 F Mullatto North Carolina
Toledo 5 Hinders(Henderson), William 8 M Mullatto Ohio Lived in household of MR Waite, looks to be a servant boy.  Did not attend school
Toledo 6 Tucker, Alpheus(Alphonse) W. 16 M Mullatto Michigan Yes
Toledo 6 Tucker, Capar (Caspar) M. 14 M Mullatto Michigan Yes
Toledo 6 Tucker, George W. 48 M Mullatto Barber  $         300.00  $       250.00 Kentucky
Toledo 6 Tucker, Georgetta A. 18 F Mullatto Michigan
Toledo 6 Tucker, Mary W. 23 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 7 Franklin, Carline 11 F Mullatto Indiana Yes
Manhattan 7 Franklin, William 8 M Mullatto Indiana Yes
Toledo 7 Franklin, Amanda 19 F Mullatto Indiana
Toledo 7 Franklin, Ambros(Ambrose) 65 M Mullatto North Carolina Cannot read/write
Toledo 7 Franklin, John A. 22 M Mullatto Barber North Carolina
Toledo 8 Martin, Sara M 25 F Mullatto Canada
Toledo 8 Martin, Thomas 25 M Mullatto Cook New York
Toledo 8 Parker, Frank 5 M Ohio Lived with Martin family
Toledo 9 Green, Ellen 12 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 9 Green, Martha 26 F Mullatto Virginia
Toledo 9 Wright, John 27 M Black Porter Ohio
Toledo 10 Harris, Dennis 25 M Black Cook Michigan Lived with Watson Family
Toledo 10 Harris, Harriet 25 F White Germany Lived with Watson Family
Toledo 11 Watson, Henry 40 M Black Waiter Maryland Lived with Harris Family
Toledo 11 Watson, Nancy 38 F Mullatto Michigan Lived with Harris Family
Toledo 12 Wright, Mary 25 F Mullatto Virginia
Toledo 12 Wright, Richard 6 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 12 Wright, William 4 Ohio
Toledo 13 Green ____ B. 13 F Mullatto Indiana Yes
Toledo 13 Green, Lerrisa(?) 7 F Mullatto Ohio Yes
Toledo 13 Green, Eliza 25 F Mullatto Indiana
Toledo 13 Green, Jacob C. 49 M White Butcher Maryland
Toledo 13 Green, Linda 6 F Mullatto Ohio
Spencer 14 Liner, James 40 M Black Ship Washand Kentucky Cannot read/write
Toledo 14 Liner, Mary 45 F Black Kentucky Cannot read/write
Toledo 15 Powell, Charles 1 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 15 Powell, Charlott 6 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 15 Powell, Dayton(Layton) 3 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 15 Powell, Henry 5 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 15 Powell, Lawrence 37 M Mullatto Labor North Carolina
Toledo 15 Powell, Mary A. 34 F Mullatto Tennessee
Toledo 16 Walker, Edward 15 M Black Ohio Yes
Toledo 16 Walker, Elias 32 M Black Barber Virginia
Toledo 16 Walker, James 20 M Black Waiter Ohio
Toledo 16 Walker, Nancy 28 F Black Misissippi
Toledo 17 Prichard, Julia 14 F Black Ohio Lived with Walker Family (17)
Toledo 18 Coalman(Coleman), George 9 M Mullatto Ohio Yes
Oregon 18 Coalman(Coleman), Julia 7 F Mullatto Ohio Yes
Toledo 18 Coalman(Coleman), Alford 35 M Black Labor  $         200.00 Virginia
Toledo 18 Coalman(Coleman), Catherine 39 F White Washing Germany
Toledo 18 Coalman(Coleman), Mary 4 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 19 Washington, Lewisa 25 F Mullatto Servant DC
Toledo 20 Nicklos, Edward 33 M Mullatto Buggy Maker New York Two white individuals lived with this family – Ann Frederick (age 20) and Charles Johnson (age 5)
Toledo 20 Nicklos, Elizabeth 27 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 21 Randle, Mary 28 F White Ireland
Toledo 21 Randle, Thomas 28 M Mullatto Waiter Ohio
Toledo 22 Hands(Hearns), David 4 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 22 Hands(Hearns), William 8 M Mullatto Ohio Lived with Randle family
Toledo 23 Hall, Martha 23 F White Ohio Lived with Randle family may have been mother of boys listed as Hands/Hearns.
Toledo 24 Jackson, Hannah 24 F Mullatto Kentucky Cannot read/write
Toledo 24 Jackson, John 37 M Mullatto Porter Virginia
Toledo 24 Jackson, Wilson 0.5 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 25 Good, Arnold 57 M Mullatto Washing Kentucky Cannot read/write
Toledo 25 Good, Isabelle 16 F Mullatto Kentucky
Oregon 26 Brown, Essa (Isa) 116 M Black Virginia Cannot read/write
Toledo 26 Hans(Harris), Levi 3 M Black Ohio
Toledo 26 Hans(Harris), Maria 22 F Black Ohio
Toledo 26 Hans(Harris), Peter 32 M Black Labor North Carolina Cannot read/write
Toledo 26 Hans(Harris), Samuel 5 M Black Ohio
Toledo 27 Franklin, Alvinia 4 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 27 Franklin, Francis 6 F Mullatto Indiana
Toledo 27 Franklin, Mary J 2 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 27 Franklin, Olevie(Olivia) 23 F Mullatto Tennessee
Toledo 27 Franklin, Samuel 24 M Mullatto Barber $200 North Carolina
Toledo 27 Franklin, Samuel 0.3333333 M Ohio
Toledo 28 Henderson, Alex 20 M Black Barber Indiana Lived with Franklin family (Samuel Franklin)
Toledo 29 Jones, Francis L 31 M Mullatto North Carolina Lived with Franklin family (Samuel Franklin)
Sylvania 30 Merrill(Merrit), Elizabeth 38 F Mullatto Ohio
Sylvania 30 Merrill(Merritt), William H. 40 M Black Barber  $      3,500.00  $       500.00 Virginia
Toledo 31 Wells, L. 15 M Black Ohio Lived with Merrill(Merritt) family
Toledo 32 Johnson, Anna 9 F Mullatto Michigan Lived with Merrill(Merritt) family
Toledo 33 Lott, Charott 26 F Mullatto Servant Canada
Toledo 34 Phillips, Alice 1 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 34 Phillips, David 28 M Mullatto Waiter Virginia
Toledo 34 Phillips, Francis 24 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 35 Wilson, Henrietta 21 F Mullatto Ohio Lived with Phillips family
Toledo 36 Harris, Ann 6 F Mullatto Michigan
Toledo 36 Harris, Eliza 21 F Mullatto Washing Indiana
Toledo 36 Harris, Isaac 32 M Mullatto Cook Tennessee
Toledo 36 Harris, Ophelia 0.9166667 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 37 Franklin, Ann 21 F Mullatto North Carolina
Toledo 37 Franklin, Belle 4 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 37 Franklin, Sarah 3 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 37 Franklin, Sinthia 40 F Mullatto Washing North Carolina Cannot read/write
Toledo 38 Linn, Henry 45 M Mullatto Labor Pennsylvania Cannot read/write
Toledo 38 Linn, Mary 43 F Mullatto North Carolina Cannot read/write
Toledo 39 Ricken, Sidney 8 M Mullatto Ohio Yes
Toledo 39 Ricken, Alfonso 40 M Mullatto Barber Tennessee
Toledo 39 Ricken, Cathe 23 F Mullatto Tennessee
Toledo 40 Goulder, Ann 1 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 40 Goulder, Lucinda 23 F Mullatto Ohio Cannot read/write
Toledo 40 Goulder, Shadrick 24 M Black Labor Tennessee
Toledo 40 Goulder, William 4 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 41 Bennett, Ann 29 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 41 Bennett, John 32 M Mullatto Porter Indiana
Toledo 42 Kelly, Prince 41 M Black Store Market Kentucky
Toledo 43 Whitfield, John 18 M Black Ohio  Jail – Burglary
Toledo 44 Rice, Mary 22 F Black Ohio
Toledo 44 Rice, William H 38 M Black White Washer Illinois
Toledo 45 Rhodes, Julia 19 F Black Ohio
Toledo 45 Rhodes, Simon 32 M Black Porter Ohio Cannot read/write
Toledo 46 Pinchen, Elizabeth 50 F Black Virginia Cannot read/write
Toledo 47 Stevens, George 10 M Black Indiana Yes
Toledo 47 Stevens, Georgianna 8 F Black Ohio Yes
Toledo 47 Sevens, Rachel 30 F Black Indiana Cannot read/write
Toledo 47 Stevens, Eddy 2 M Black Ohio
Toledo 47 Stevens, Edward 56 M Black White Washer South Carolina
Toledo 47 Stevens, Georgetta 4 F Black Ohio
Toledo 47 Stevens, William 0.6666667 M Black Ohio
Toledo 48 Tabbot, David 10 M Black Indiana Yes
Toledo 48 Tabbot, John 8 M Black Indiana Yes
Toledo 48 Tabbot, Lusinda 12 F Black Indiana Yes
Toledo 48 Tabbot, Benjamin 64 M Black Blacksmith Kentucky
Toledo 48 Tabbot, Benjamin 18 M Black Barber Indiana
Toledo 48 Tabbot, Henry 24 M Black Labor Indiana
Swanton 48 Tabbot, Mary 20 F Black Indiana
Swanton 48 Tabbot, Sarah 50 F Black Indiana
Oregon 49 Blacker(Blackshear), George 46 M Black White Washer Virginia
Oregon 49 Blacker(Blackshear), Mary J 40 F Black Virginia
Toledo 50 Lock, John 12 M Black Ohio Yes
Toledo 50 Lock, John B 38 M Black Barber Tennessee
Toledo 50 Lock, Mary 27 F Black South Carolina
Toledo 51 Mayfair, Ann 15 F Mullatto Virginia
Toledo 51 Mayfair, Francis 17 F Mullatto Virginia
Toledo 51 Mayfair, Naomi(?) 9 F Mullatto Michigan
Toledo 51 Mayfair, Thomas 33 M Mullatto Waiter Virginia
Sylvania 51 Mayfair, William 4 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 52 Briggs, Ellen 17 F White Servant Michigan Lived with William Jones family
Toledo 52 Jones, Mary A 21 F Mullatto New York
Toledo 52 Jones, William M. 29 M Black Cook Georgia
Toledo 53 Vanblunt(?), Mary 24 F Black Ohio
Toledo 53 Vanblunt(?), William 25 M Black Waiter New York
Manhattan 53 Vanblunt(?), William 0.5833333 M Black Ohio
Toledo 54 Jacobs, Fanny 3 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 54 Jacobs, Harriet 24 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 54 Jacobs, John 1 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 54 Jacobs, Oliver 28 M Mullatto Waiter  $         300.00 Indiana
Toledo 54 Jacobs, Oliver 7 M Mullatto Michigan
Toledo 54 Jacobs, Sarah 5 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 55 Parks, Albertson 11 M Mullatto Ohio Yes Lived with Jacobs family
Oregon 56 Davis, Mitch(Hatch) 34 M Mullatto Barber Tennessee
Toledo 56 Smith, Elizabeth 31 F Mullatto Virginia
Toledo 56 Smith, George 16 M Mullatto Labor Ohio
Toledo 57 Dease, John 33 M Black Labor Kentucky Cannot read/write
Swanton 57 Dease, John 4 M Black Ohio
Toledo 57 Dease, Joseph 0.0833333 M Black Ohio
Toledo 57 Dease, Julia 3 F Black Ohio
Toledo 57 Dease, Mary 9 F Black Ohio
Toledo 57 Dease, Sarah 24 F Black Kentucky
Richfield 58 Davis, Mary 39 F Mullatto Canada Cannot read/write Nova Scotia listed as birthplace
Toledo 59 Douglass, Horace 38 M Black Labor Virginia
Toledo 60 Dunbar, James 40 M Black White Washer Virginia
Toledo 61 Washington, James 64 M Black Laborer Virginia Cannot read/write
Toledo 61 Washington, William 20 M Black Laborer New York
Oregon 62 Brown, JW 55 M Black Labor New York
Toledo 63 Edwards, Mary E 9 F Mullatto Ohio Yes
Toledo 63 Edwards, Elizabeth 27 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 63 Edwards, William 29 M Mullatto Labor Virginia
Toledo 63 Edwards, William 56 M Mullatto Barber Virginia
Toledo 63 Edwards, William 6 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 64 Lewis, Ellen 11 F Mullatto Ohio Yes
Toledo 64 Lewis, William 19 M Mullatto Barber Ohio Lived with Edwards (William Edwards) family
Toledo 64 Whitfield, Mary A 17 F Black Canada Lived with Edwards (William Edwards) family
Toledo 65 Wilson, Charles 11 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 65 Wilson, Emma 6 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 65 Wilson, Julia 31 F Mullatto Virginia
Toledo 65 Wilson, William 33 M Black White Washer Virginia
Toledo 66 Tusang, Kate 7 F Mullatto Michigan
Toledo 66 Tusang, Mary 35 F Black Servant Virginia Cannot read/write
Toledo 67 Massey, Thomas 23 M Mullatto Labor Virginia
Sylvania 68 McGinnis, Robert 27 M Mullatto Labor West Indies
Toledo 69 Hawkins, Willaim 28 M Mullatto Labor DC
Oregon 70 Dangerfield, C 18 M Black Labor Virginia
Toledo 71 Johnson, Henry 23 M Black Labor Kentucky
Toledo 72 Wright, Nad(Ian) 21 M Black Labor Ohio
Toledo 73 Estill, James 17 M Black Labor Kentucky
Toledo 74 Hudlin, Joseph 18 M Mullatto Labor Kentucky
Sylvania 75 Moore, William 18 M Mullatto Labor Virginia
Toledo 76 Young, Elijah 17 M Mullatto Labor Virginia
Toledo 77 Chase, William 22 M Black Labor Maryland
Toledo 78 Gray, John 18 M Black Labor New York
Toledo 79 Price, Nat 16 M Black (Can’t Read)Labor Delaware
Toledo 80 Franklin, E. 16 M Black Labor Ohio
Toledo 81 Felton, John 40 M Black Porter Delaware
Toledo 82 Harris, Franklin(Massa) 28 M Black Cook Kentucky
Toledo 83 Pickett, H. 25 M Black (Can’t Read)Labor Kentucky
Toledo 84 Hill, James 18 M Black Porter Kentucky
Toledo 85 Robison, Charles 18 M Black Waiter Kentucky
Toledo 86 Crane, Henry 25 M Mullatto Waiter Kentucky
Toledo 87 Harris, William 16 M Mullatto Waiter Ohio
Toledo 88 Todd, Benjamin 20 M Black Waiter Ohio
Toledo 89 Newton, Richard 31 M Black Waiter New York
Toledo 90 Jones, Willy 25 M Black Cook North Carolina
Toledo 91 Rhodes, Simon 32 M Black Porter Maryland
Toledo 92 Congrove, Charles 24 M Mullatto Porter Louisiana
Toledo 93 Prichard, J 18 M Mullatto Bus Boy Ohio
Toledo 94 Jackson, John 31 M Mullatto Porter  $      1,000.00 Virginia
Swanton 95 Henders, Thomas 23 M Black Labor Georgia
Toledo 96 Andews, Charles 31 M Black Labor Kentucky
Toledo 97 Russell, William 20 M Mullatto Labor Virginia
Toledo 98 Price, Joseph 25 M Mullatto Labor Virginia
Toledo 99 Henley, Moses 24 M Black Labor Ohio
Toledo 100 Phillips, David 30 M Black Labor Maryland
Toledo 101 Paine, Eliza 3 F Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 101 Paine, Ellin 6 F Mullatto Ohio
Sylvania 101 Paine, John W. 29 M Black Cook Virginia
Sylvania 101 Paine, Lusinda 27 F Mullatto Washing North Carolina
Toledo 102 Preston, Eliza 41 F Mullatto Virginia Lived with Paine family, may be mother of wife.
Toledo 103 Williams, Maria 37 F Black Servant Ohio Cannot read/write
Toledo 104 Clark, Sarah 50 F Black Servant Virginia
Sylvania 105 Walker, Bill 20 M Black Labor Kentucky
Toledo 106 Harris, William 19 M Mullatto Labor Canada Cannot read/write Lived on farm of white family Lewis
Toledo 107 Jenkins, Mary 60 F Black Virginia Cannot read/write Lived on farm of white family McLedge
Toledo 107 Jenkins, Stephen 70 M Black Labor Virginia Cannot read/write Lived on farm of white family McLedge
Toledo 108 Dorsey, T. 60 M Black Labor Virginia Cannot read/write Lived on farm of white family McLedge
Toledo 109 Dent, Mary 10 F Black Ohio Yes
Toledo 109 Dent, George 0.1666667 M Black Ohio
Toledo 109 Dent, J. 30 M Black Labor Kentucky
Toledo 109 Dent, John 5 M Black Ohio
Toledo 109 Dent, Julia 3 F Black Canada
Toledo 109 Dent, Sarah 27 F Black
Oregon 110 Cunningham, E. 48 M Black Labor Virginia
Oregon 110 Cunningham, Ellen M. 5 F Black Ohio
Oregon 110 Cunningham, Marion L. 8 M Black Ohio
Toledo 110 Cunningham, Nancy 38 F Black Viginia Cannot read/write
Oregon 110 Cunningham, William H. 21 M Black Ohio
Toledo 111 Tilton, John 37 M Black Farmer Delaware
Toledo 111 Tilton, Sarah 29 F Black Pennsylvania
Toledo 112 Ingraham, John 40 M Black Laborer Georgia Lived on farm with Tilton family
Toledo 113 Deringer, Woodsen 14 M Black Ohio Lived on farm with Tilton family
Sylvania 114 Walker, Caroline A. 7 F Black Ohio
Sylvania 114 Walker, Charles 38 M Black Farmer $20 Michigan
Toledo 114 Walker, Cinderilla 36 F Black Ohio
Sylvania 114 Walker, George 9 M Black Ohio
Sylvania 114 Washington, Josephine 80 F Mullatto Michigan Lived with Walker family in Sylvania, may be mother of Cinderilla Walker.
Manhattan 115 Nathan, William H. 14 M Black Pennsylvania Yes
Sylvania 115 Nathan, Elizabeth 19 F Black Pennsylvania
Toledo 115 Nathan, Joseph 48 M Black Farm Labor $50 Pennsylvania
Toledo 115 Nathan, Joseph 20 M Black Pennsylvania
Toledo 115 Nathan, Mary H 21 F Black Pennsylvania
Toledo 115 Nathan, Susan 42 F Black Pennsylvania
Toledo 116 Patterson, John 2 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 116 Patterson, Lewis 32 M Black Farmhand Indiana
Sylvania 116 Wilson, Harriet 30 F Mullatto Ohio
Sylvania 116 Wilson, James M 6 M Mullatto Ohio
Sylvania 116 Wilson, William 4 M Mullatto Ohio
Toledo 117 Smith, John 40 M Black Labor Kentucky Cannot read/write
Manhattan 118 Marony, Cornelius 10 M Mullatto Ohio Yes Lived with family of Abram Johnson Jr. from PA
Total Number of Individuals 269
Number labled “Black” 128
Number labeled “Mullatto” 130
Number labeled “White” 7
Number of Mixed Race Families (white wife) 6
Number of Mixed Race Families (white husband) 1
Average Age 23.093519
Average Age of Males 23.882911
Average Age of Females 21.979911
Number of Females 111
Number of Males 158
Age of Oldest Male (William Jenkins) 70
Age of Oldest Female (Essa Brown) 116
Age of Youngest Male (Joseph Dease) 1 month
Age of Youngest Female (Ophelia Harris) 8 months
Number Older than 15 179
Number 15 or Younger 90
Toledo Residents 233
Sylvania Residents 19
Manhattan (North End) Residents 5
Swanton Residents 4
Richfield Residents 1
Oregon (East Side) Residents 11
Spencer Residents 1
Birthplace of Canada 11
Birthplace of DC 2
Birthplace of Delaware 3
Birthplace of Georgia 3
Birthplace of Germany 2
Birthplace of Illinois 1
Birthplace of Indiana 18
Birthplace of Ireland 1
Birthplace of Kentucky 21
Birthplace of Maryland 5
Birthplace of Michigan 14
Birthplace of Mississippi 1
Birthplace of New York 9
Birthplace of North Carolina 12
Birthplace of Ohio 102
Birthplace of Pennsylvania 8
Birthplace of South Carolina 2
Birthplace of Tennessee 8
Birthplace of Virginia 37
Birthplace of West Indies 1
Occupation of Barber 13
Occupation of Buggy Maker (Edward Nicklos) 1
Occupation of Bus Boy 1
Occupation of Butcher (Jacob Green – white) 1
Occupation of Carpenter (Robert Nickos) 1
Occupation of Farm Labor/Farm Hand 2
Occupation of Farmer (Charles Walker & John Tilton) 2
Occupation of Laborer 44
Occupation of Porter 9
Occupation of Servant (all females) 6
Occupation of Ship Wash Hand (James Liner) 1
Occupation of Washing (all female except 1) 6
Occupation of White Washer 5
Occupation of Waiter 12
First Most Popular Surname (Franklin)
Second Most Popular Surname (Harris)
Value of Real Estate  $  6,800.00
Personal Estate Value  $  1,320.00
Numer of individuals who could not read/write 17
Number of individuals in Jail (John Whitfield) 1
Number of children who attended school within the year 22
Maumee 118 Bowan, John 54 M Black Labor Maryland Cannot read/write
Maumee 118 Bowan, Mary 53 F Black Virginia Cannot read/write
Maumee 118 Bowan, William 14 M Black Indiana
Maumee 118 Bowan, John 14 M Black Indiana
Maumee 118 Bowan, Mary 12 F Black Indiana
Maumee 119 Johnson, Jenny 16 F Black Servant Kentucky Enumerated in white household of Elizabeth Nelson
Maumee 120 Fields, James 44 M Mullatto Doctor New York
Maumee 120 Fields, Mary 39 F Mullatto New York
Maumee 120 Fields, John 13 M Mullatto New York
Maumee 120 Fields, William 1 M Mullatto Ohio
Waterville 121 Smith, Nancy 66 F Mullatto Pennsylvania
Additions added on 11/1/2016

Maternal Genealogy – JONES/ROBINSON Families

Some of my earliest ancestors to move to Toledo arrived in Northwest Ohio between 1860 and 1870.

Nancy JONES was born in 1859 in Bainbridge, Ross County, Ohio. She was enumerated with her family on the 1860 United States Census when she was 8 months old.

Her parents were Mary JONES and John Wesley JONES who was listed as an “ME Minister” on the Census record. I believe that “ME” stood for “Methodist Episcopal. My maternal line have been members of Warren AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church for many generations.

Nancy was the youngest child listed for Mary and John JONES on the 1860 Census. She had two older siblings listed as well. Her older sister’s name was Martha JONES and her older brother’s name was John JONES Jr.

John W. JONES Jr. was the oldest child. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1852. Martha JONES was also born in Pennsylvania but in 1854. Nancy JONES was the first of the JONES children born in Ohio.

John W. JONES Sr. stated on the 1860 Census that he was born in Maryland. He was born in approximately 1805. Mary JONES stated that she was born in Pennsylvania in approximately 1823.

I found Mary JONES and her three children on the 1870 Census living in Washington Township, Lucas County Ohio.  Washington Township is now a part of the City of Toledo.   On the 1870 Census there was another JONES child listed who was a younger sister to Nancy JONES. The youngest JONES child was named Francis JONES and she was born in 1860. I believe that they moved to Northwest Ohio around 1866. The Toledo Lucas County Public Library has a death record for a John JONES in 1867 but I am not certain that this is “my” John JONES due to the common name. However, he is the only John JONES listed in the death records between 1860 and 1870 and I am 80% certain that this is “my” John JONES.

During my genealogical compilation for this family, I was faced with many odd, in my opinion, difficulties. When you start out doing genealogy, one should start from the most current generation and work their way back. Luckily, Nancy JONES did not die until 1950 so my grandmother and her sister (my great aunt, who is still alive) knew Nancy JONES and they were able to provide me with a decent genealogical link to her that was easily verified via the census record information contained within familysearch.org.

My grandmother remembered Nancy as Nancy BAKER. She stated that Nancy, her grandmother, had lived with them for a time when she was a child. So going by that information, I looked up Nancy BAKER and basically hit a wall on this family that lasted for about 10 years.

In 2010 the 1940 census was released. I was not actively researching during that time due to regular life’s busy-ness so it wasn’t until around 2012 that I searched again for genealogical information. I looked up my grandmother on the 1940 Census since she was born in 1936. I thought it would be cool to have such a close link to historical information. My grandmother died in 2004 and I still miss her dearly and I was thinking of her at the time when I looked her up in 2012.

That query did pull up my grandmother, her siblings, including my great aunt who is still alive and their parents. It also showed that a Nancy BACKER lived next door to them which finally gave me a true connection to Nancy BAKER.

Many times on Census records surnames and given names are horrendously mispelled. Finding a Nancy, who was listed as approximately 80 years old in 1940 was extremely exciting for me!

From there, I found that Nancy had been living with a man named Stephen BAKER on the 1930 Census. At that time she also lived near my great grandmother. A big tip for people using Census records for genealogy is to peruse the entire handwritten page for neighbor’s names. Many times, people lived near their relatives or with their relatives and with today’s technology, if you search for a specific name, it will only provide you a printed, transcribed version of exactly what you were looking for so it is up to you to do additional digging.

After much research, I found out that Nancy was not originally married to Stephen BAKER. I had been looking for my 2nd great grandmother under the last name of BAKER due to thinking that BAKER may have been her maiden name. Instead I found out that Nancy was originally married to a man named James Edward ROBINSON.  Stephen BAKER was her second husband.

I found the death certificate of my 2nd great grandmother on familysearch’s database for Ohio Deaths. She died in 1941 from kidney disease. On her death certificate her mother was listed as Nancy JONES and her father was listed as James ROBSON. As with BACKER on the Census, ROBSON was written incorrectly. She was actually a ROBINSON.

This discovery allowed me to pull up all of the information regarding James Edward ROBINSON and Nancy JONES ROBINSON on Census records all the way back to 1900.

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a solid marriage certificate for them. Due to Nancy being in Lucas County, Ohio on the 1870 Census, I know that she lived in this area. Lucas County kept pretty good records for deaths, marriages, and births long before most states started to do this consistently. I did find a marriage record for a James E. ROBERTSON and Amanda JONES for November 11, 1874. I am somewhat sure that this is James and Nancy ROBINSON. Throughout the years ROBINSON has been spelled in many variations including the following: ROBINSON-ROBSON-ROBESON-ROBISON-ROBERTSON and another crazy variation that I will speak of below, which caused another brick wall for me that lasted until this year (2015).

James Edward ROBINSON showed up in the city directory for the City of Toledo in 1876.

He death certificate states that he was born in Harrisburgh, Pennsylvania.  His father’s name was listed as Frank ROBISON and his mother as “Becky” only.

Upon further review of ROBINSON’S in Pennsylvania on the 1860 and 1850 census records, I found a James E ROBINSON on the 1850 census listed with his father Franklin ROBINSON and mother Ellen ROBINSON.  Even though Ellen differed from what was listed on James’ death certificate as his mother (Becky), I am 100% sure that Ellen was James E ROBINSON’s mother.  Many times the informant who fills out a death certificate did not know the name of the person who passed away.  Information I have found lead me to believe that Ellen ROBINSON may have died or separated from her husband Franklin by the early 1860s.  On the 1860 census, Franklin ROBINSON is listed with his son but this time the name was listed a Edward James ROBINSON.  On various census records throughout the years, James Edward was listed as Edward James.  I am certain that he was the same person due to always being listed with his wife Nancy and their children as either James E, James Edward, Edward, or Ed.  The switching of the first and middle name is actually what made me know 100% that this family was the ROBINSON family I was looking for.

I have yet to find any death records for Franklin ROBINSON or Ellen ROBINSON.  I did find an exciting tidbit regarding Ellen in an online scholarly article about the effect of the Fugitive Slave Act on blacks in Harrisburgh, PA, but I will save that for another entry.

Due to census records not providing much detailed information prior to the 1850 census, I am temporarily at another road block for this family.  An interesting tidbit I am currently looking into is the fact that Franklin, Ellen, and James E ROBINSON lived with Thomas and Dinah WATKINS on the 1850 census.  I am going to attempt to connect the WATKINS families with the ROBINSON family and I am hoping that they are relatives of Ellen and/or Franklin.

After moving to Toledo, James Edward ROBINSON married Nancy JONES.  They eventually had seven children – Francis (1876-1932), Edna (1880-1929), Edward (1884-1951), Florence (1892-1941), Fred (1894-?), Naomi (1894-?), and William Alton (1898-1917).

Florence ROBINSON was my second great grandmother.

James Edward ROBINSON died in 1910.

As stated above, Nancy JONES ROBINSON BAKER did not die until 1950.  She was 90 years old when she passed away.

One of the best finds I discovered just this year was finally locating James Edward and Nancy ROBINSON on the 1880 Census.  After searching through both electronic records at the library via micro film, on family search and ancestry.com via census records and via hardcopy 1880 census indexes at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, I was unsuccessful in locating this couple in Toledo or in PA or anywhere really.

I had decided this past summer to make a visit to the Newberry Library in Chicago since we make frequent visits there to see family.  I was initially only looking up a specific family that also was an early settler in NW Ohio – the WHITFIELDS.  I will write another post about that research later.  After finding the information I was looking for on the WHITFIELDs, I decided to look up other holdings of the library and they had a book which was loosely titled (going off my memory here, will edit later with the correct title) Blacks in Ohio in 1880.  It basically was a book that contained a list of all the black or mullatto or other “colored” residents in the state of Ohio on the 1880 census.

Within that book, I found all of my Ohio lines and due to there not being many black people in Toledo itself in 1880, I also saw a entry which listed a Nancy and Ed “BOBISON” who had older children who matched the names of the older ROBINSON children mentioned above.

I wanted to scream at the library!!  It was soooo exciting for me to see them in this book!  I had almost given up on this line and just chalked it up to not having any other way to research them.

Upon reviewing the 1880 “BOBISON” family it showed that they lived in a house with a Mary JONES and her children, John and Francis JONES.  This was how I found an entire new generation of the JONES family detailed above.

I am currently trying to connect the ROBINSON and JONES families to see if they both lived in the Harrisburgh, PA area.  Hopefully it won’t take another 10 years to find a connection.

 

Part 2: Researching Black American Genealogy – Actively Researching

Free information you say! (I hear you state in your mind!)

Yes, free.

As stated earlier, I did start out on ancestry.com.  It is a wonderful site and  I never suggest people not utilize that site at all but there are a lot of free resources available that in my opinion are just as good as the pretty expensive ancestry.com service.

But before we delve into all that, the first step everyone should take when beginning to do genealogical research is to do what I did and badger your older relatives.

It doesn’t have to be annoying for them or invasive, as I’ve found older people don’t like to be bombarded with questions about who was “so and so’s” mom and dad or grandpa and what year they were born, etc.  If you can just get names and interesting stories out of your relatives about ancestors, that is a start.

I started out by asking my own grandmother and great grandmother if they knew their grandparents and what were their grandparents’ names and what sorts of things they did, churches they went to, best dishes they cooked, funny things my current relative remembered about them.  This is more respectful of your older relatives and more useful for your research in bringing your ancestors to life instead of just a name and dates of birth, marriage, and death.

Make a small family tree, hopefully back to at least your great grandparents and then go online to do more research based on the information you have compiled.

My favorite website for genealogical research is www.familysearch.org.

Family Search is a free online genealogical database.  They have much of the same data as ancestry.com but you don’t have to pay them for anything.  Everything is right at your fingertips.

If you want to use ancestry because they have great ads online and commercials then you should sign up for their free trial next.  I am one of those people who will set an alarm telling me to cancel before the deadline so that I am certain not to pay for anything.  If you chose to go the free trial way, be sure to do the same if you are not financially able to shell out hundreds of dollars a year for an online subscription.

If you want to use ancestry outside of the free trial or don’t want to do the free trial but still want to check them out then visit your local library.

Here in Toledo, I frequently visit our downtown/main branch.  The Local History Center is located on the 3rd floor and they have a WEALTH of information in that section of our library.  You also get free access to ancestry.com’s library edition along with other online genealogical databases like Heritage Quest.

If you don’t have a library card, get one.  Most libraries, including here in Toledo allow you to have free access at home to many of their genealogical databases!  Heritage Quest is free to use at home.  Familysearch.org many times won’t show actual images of census records, but Heritage Quest has all images and transcriptions of every Federal American census from 1790-1940.

I have actually come to a point in my research where most traditional online records are no longer useful for me.  Due to being black, there are very few records of our people prior to 1870 and the end of the Civil War.  There is information, but you have to really dig through a lot of online images and it can be VERY tedious as you cannot easily search by name many of the court records or newspaper records or even books that may have been written about the local area that feature your ancestors.

Since I am not utilizing as many online sources, I have branched out and become more of a library researcher.  I have been reviewing books about census records and recently had a great find that I will discuss on a later post while visiting a library in Chicago.  I am scourging through the microfilm newspapers at the Local History Center at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.  I have been contacting other libraries to request that they perform some research for me for a fee for distant ancestors who did not live in this area.

All that to say, research is a really fun hobby.  There is nothing like sitting at a standstill for months (and for me in some cases years) and then FINALLY finding a breakthrough that opens up more avenues of research.  For those starting out please be sure to view the “helpful links” and as long as you don’t ask me to create an entire tree for you, I’d even be willing to look up some local requests for ancestry research for you.

HELPFUL LINKS:

www.familysearch.org Family Search Website this site has been invaluable to me in regards to the wealth of information you can get from census data, marriage info, and death certificates from the State of Ohio.  There is a TON of great info on this site and it is completely free.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library Research Databases (this will get you to the page that shows all the biography and genealogical resources available from the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.  You can use their databases – all except ancestry.com – for free with your library card at home)

Hertiage Quest Online Heritage Quest provides all census data.  Be sure to go through the link above from the Toledo library in order to log in with your card and PIN so you can get free access.

WGTE Channel 30 Documentary A documentary called “Cornerstones:  The African Americans” about the black American community of Toledo, Ohio.

 

Part 1: Researching Black American Genealogy – How I got started

Many black Americans today are interested in learning more about the history of their families, including those of us here in Toledo.

I always have been a self-proclaimed “history nerd.”  Black history has always been a passion.  I grew up here in Toledo and am a product of Toledo Public Schools.  I felt that I received an adequate, “All American” education in our public school system even though many people here gripe about the state of TPS.  I recently moved back here to my hometown and being away for over 15 years has showed me that all in all, we have pretty good schools and the curriculum here is much better than other larger cities, especially in the southeast where I lived during my time away.

That said, I didn’t learn a lot about black history in TPS.  Mostly just during “Black History Month.”  During February, we primarily learned about the same people every year – Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and various sports figures like Jackie Robinson.  Only the “firsts” it seems were important during Black History Month.  I learned nothing of local black history until I saw a special on our local PBS station – Channel 30.  I didn’t grow up in the Central City.  I have been told that the schools in that area did focus more on black history but the majority of my school years were spent in the Old South End schools of Westfield, Jones Jr. High, and Libbey where I graduated from high school in the late 1990s.

Luckily I was a voracious reader.  I read “Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave” when I was around 9 or 10 years old and it made me obsessed with black American history.  I’ll speak on my odd love affair with the great Mr. Douglas at another time, I’m sure but we’ll save that for later.

I read every “narrative” I could find at our wonderful library system here in Toledo after reading Douglass’ book.  I read all I could on slavery in general.  I read about black people in America and the system of indentured servitude.  Everything was and is still pretty fascinating.

My mother made me watch “Roots” every year on TV and when I was around 12 or 13, I finally paid attention to it and became intrigued and wondered if I could find out about my own family and trace us back to Africa.

Unfortunately, like the majority of black Americans, my family was not aware of any old African ancestors.  We had no passed down Mandika  words.  So I began my research by badgering my older relatives about our family history.  I know I particularly got on my grandmother’s nerves while helping her remodel her home in the Old West End when I was a teenager.  She finally told me that many of the answers to my questions were “none of my business.”  But she did give me a couple picture books that belonged to her mother of which I still have in my possession.  And she told me of her parents lives and her grandparents who she remembered and even a great grandparent who she said was an “Indian.”  (Us black folks always have an “Indian in the family.”  This will be discussed later as well).

Luckily I was born during the internet age.  We got “America Online” service in my home on a black Hewlett Packard that I thought was super “techy” in 1995 or 1996.  I found a site that listed Ohio death certificates and looked up all the last names I had gathered from my maternal grandmother and my paternal great grandmother.  I found the Social Security Death Index.  I found a lot of different people but could not 100% connect them to my own family.

I found ancestry.com back when it was free and developed my first family tree around 1999 when I was 20 years old.  I went all the way back to the 1870 census on multiple branches of my tree which today is even more simple to accomplish given the large amount of free information available online for us to peruse.