I was looking at my 3rd great grandfather's census record from 1860. William Sauble. He was married with a wife and two year old in his household.
They were in Carroll County Maryland. There was also a female age 17 living there. There were also three males with the same last name age 19, 17 and 11. Samuel, Joseph and Charles Stephen. Two were listed as black and one had no designation, the same as the rest of my family members. Then there was also a female age 66. This census did not ask them what relationship they were to the head of the household. I'm just curious about his arrangement. I haven't come across this as of yet. My ancestor was a farmer. Could these have been farmhands? This was before the Emancipation Proclamation. As much as I do not want to find out that my ancestors were slaveholders, I am assuming that if these young men were not free, they would not have been listed? Am I on the right track? How can I find out more?