Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Furnace Findings
Alexander & Charlotte Furnace

Researching a paternal great grandmother, Jane Furnace born about 1860, to discover her parentage and additional information about her life.

Alexander and Charlotte Furnace (Furniss) are probably my Jane's parents or grandparents. They along with Jane were seen on the 1870 census, their only census. Alexander was born about 1810, Charlotte about 1820, both in Virginia.

Alexander was listed as a farmer. I searched the 1870 and 1880 agriculture schedules for Copiah County, Mississippi. Per the instructions for the schedules, a farmer was described as one man who owned or leased the land cultivated under his care. The microfilm copy of the schedule is so faded most of it is unreadable. I suspect Alexander leased his land, owned his tools and livestock because I could not find a deed proving he purchased land.

Alexander and Charlotte were not found on the 1880 census. They probably were deceased.

4 comments:

  1. Reminding me of my Frank and Juda Cleage who disappear after the 1870 census.

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    1. If only they would leave a trail in other documents.

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  2. Since Charlotte was about 10 years younger than Alexander, I wonder if he might have died and she moved elsewhere (maybe into the home of a child).

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    1. ...maybe she remarried, or they chose a different surname.

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