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Subject: 1870 census pages missing?
Author: Mary Taylor
Date: Thursday, June 08, 2017
Surnames: Rankin, Beldin, Hegar
My ancestors have disappeared for the 1870 Grimes County census. I am just curious if perhaps a few pages are missing? The husband died in 1869 according to a widow's pension, so he wouldn't be there, but his wife should be. She filed an Army of The Republic of Texas widow's pension application and the last transaction took place in Waller County in 1879 (I have a copy).
They were on the 1860 census in the "Western" district of Grimes County (James M. and Elvira Rankin). Their location was in Grimes County until 1874 when the new Waller County was formed. They lived in the little triangular section of the Waller County map that is next to Montgomery County and Harris County. The land they were paying taxes on was the original land grant of Sam McCarley (or McCurley).
I have tried researching their 1860 census neighbors to help locate them, however, they also cannot be found in 1870. One neighbor shows up on the 1880 census as if they never moved. In fact, the Otto Hegar farm is still in operation on the land. I went to visit the area and discovered it.
Immediate 1860 neighbors were SC and Elizabeth Beldin, and Otto & Sophia Hegar.
They were also on the Grimes County Tax rolls paying taxes on land once belonging to Sam McCarly (or McCurly) (same location as my ancestors).
This makes me think that perhaps there are pages of the Grimes County 1870 census that are missing.
Any assistance in this matter is appreciated.