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1870 census pages missing?

1870 census pages missing?

Posted: 1496935585000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1496935888000
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.

Re: 1870 census pages missing?

Posted: 1498243932000
Classification: Query

I don't think Census pages are missing because I can't find them on the 1870 Census in Ancestry and FamilySearch. You can also look for them in

I think Elvira also died in 1860's and the family split up.

James M. Rankin Jr. b, abt. 1810, Alabama & d. 13 Oct 1869, Brazos Co., TX
Source: Rankin Family Tree, ancestry, & Elvira's pension claim Waller Co., TX, June 1877

The Grimes County Records are on microfilm at the Sam Houston State University, Your local public library can request the microfilm via inter-library loan.

The Navasota Public Library, has genealogical resources.

Also the Library of Congress has digitized newspapers for free 1836-1922, which might include Grimes County. Successful Searching!

Re: 1870 census pages missing?

Posted: 1498280296000
Classification: Query
Thank you for those resources. I will look at them. Hopefully I will find something.

None of the people from the 1860 page with James and Elvira can be found in Grimes county in 1870. A whole page worth of people can't be missing, then show up again in 1880 as if they never left.

Elvira gave sworn testimony in her widow's pension in 1878, so she couldn't have died in the 1860s.
Her husband died in 1869, so he should be on the mortality schedule for the 1870 census.

Thank you for your help!
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