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My Grandfather's Last Name Was Not Wise

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Or at least the John Robinson who moved the family to Ohio. I had found a marriage record for my 3rd great grandparents (John & Eliza ROBINSON) in 1844; however, the first census I could find them in was 1860 in Marion, Hancock, Ohio.

So, one weekend when I had a bit more time than doing standard indexed searching, I decided to browse through the 1850 census in Marion, Hancock, Ohio. I didn't have to go far; on page 11 there they were! John, Eliza, and their children, Isabella (age 9), Juliana (age 3), and Mary Pauline (9 months). But they never came up on any of my searches because the census taker did not record their last name. Therefore, the individual indexing just assumed the name of the prior family of Wise.

This was obviously not as onerous a task as reading the 400-page book of a church in Pennsylvania searching for the Robinson surname. But it does emphasize that researching and reading are sometimes needed beyond the initial searching for information.

This is a time-consuming but also very enjoyable and rewarding hobby!

1850 United States Federal Census - John ROBINSON(1).jpg

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