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Sylvester McComber from Ontario, Canada to Mason County, Michigan in 1862

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Re: Sylvester McComber from Ontario, Canada to Mason County, Michigan in 1862

Posted: 1446209379000
Classification: Query
NOTE -
There is a 20 yr. gap in the census records [1880 - 1900] as the 1890 census was burned in the 1920's. Add 20 yrs to everyone's 1880 age for the 1900 census.

I’m not related to any member of this family.


Census records do not record the “specific locality” of a person’s birth.
Census records only record where a person was born – state or country.
Census records record where a person was living when the census taker came by.


1940 is the last available census at this time.

Facts you should know about the early census records –

All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
Immigration date is not recorded

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members with their birthplaces

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++


1870 -
Name: Sylvester Mc ember
[Sylvester McEmber]
Age in 1870: 60
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Riverton, Mason, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Riverton

Sylvester Mc ember 60, NY - farmer
Matilda Mc ember 35, Canada
Marshal Mc ember 34, Canada
Agnes Mc ember 11, Canada
Edward Mc ember 8, Canada [1862]
Jeremiah Mc ember 1, MI
Caroline Mc ember 5, MI
Marilla Mc ember 3, Canada

Death Record -
Name: Sylvester McEmber
[User-submitted-comment]
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Estimated birth year: abt 1792
Age: 88
Death Date: Feb 1880
Cause of Death: Heart Disease
Census Year: 1880
Census Place: Riverton, Mason, Michigan, USA
Enumeration District: 169

Mich. Death Record -
Name: Marshal B. McEmber
Birth Date: abt 1834
Birth Place: Canada
Death Date: 12 Apr 1876
Death Place: Riverton, Mason, Michigan
Death Age: 42
Occupation: Farming
Marital Status: Single
Gender: Male
Father Name: Sylvester McEmber
Mother Name: Easter <<<<<<<<<<<

1910 - this is a son
Name: Edward Mc Ember
[Edward Mcember]
Age in 1910: 48
Birth Year: abt 1862
Birthplace: Canada
[Canada English]
Home in 1910: Riverton, Mason, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1870
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Anna Mc Ember
Father's Birthplace: Canada
[Canada English]
Mother's Birthplace: Canada
[Canada English]

Edward Mc Ember 48, Canada - farmer
Anna Mc Ember 46, OH - 7 children & 6 living
Lila Mc Ember 16, MI
Robin Mc Ember 15, MI
Le Roy Mc Ember 11, MI
Harrold Mc Ember 8, MI
Voilet Mc Ember 6, MI

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