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A happy mistake

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It pays to revisit things, even when you think they’re settled. I thought I had Adaline Hawkins’ family all squared away in what became the outer burbs of DC. But something didn’t quite add up. Her father was born in Baltimore. And even if she moved from one coast to the other, most people in the 19th century barely moved across town.

So I looked again. And found another Adaline Hawkins, of comparable age, in Baltimore.

In 1850. In the U.S. Census.


More details as I find them.

4/7/11: While the Hawkins family is in the 1850 census, it’s not in the 1840. I know from Adaline’s death certificate that her dad, Richard Hawkins, was born in Baltimore, so it’s probably a fair guess that he and some measure of the family were freed during the 1840s.

The thought of poring through 10 years of wills filed in Baltimore County — even if filtered down to just the city — is a bit daunting. Baltimore was a thriving city, then as now. Although, sad to say, it seems the city and/or county didn’t track birth certificates until the turn of the century.

2 responses »

  1. Seems like most states, especially the southern ones didn’t track births until the federal government passed the requirement to start recording births.

    BTW, I selected you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can pick it up at Georgia Black Crackers.

    • Thank you! I feel undeserving because I’ve been so lackadaisical about posting. Home remodeling is approaching a lull, so I should have more time.


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