Solomon Goss in 1820…

Fearing Township 2012

Fearing Township 2012

Solomon Goss appears in the 1820 U.S. Federal Census in Fearing Twp., Washington Co., Ohio. This U.S. Census was enumerated on August 7, 1820. I have included it in my Census and Tax Study covering Solomon Goss and his family in the last post.  In this post I want to examine it further because it is the last census that Solomon Goss appears in.

I thought it would be fun to speculate as to what the numbers meant that are listed with Solomon Goss in the 1820 census. U.S. Census from 1791 to 1840 are statistical and only show head of household. Then those in the household are indicated in different categories as either female or male and of in age groupings.

I have added my speculations as to who the individuals listed in the various categories could be:

  • Free White Persons – Males 16 to 25: 1  – could this be John A. Spracklin
  • Free White Persons – Males 45 and over: 1 – could this be Solomon Goss
  • Free White Persons Females under 10 – 1 – could this be Ida Spracklin first daughter of Lydia Goss and John Spracklin.
  • Free White Person Females 16 thru 25 – 2 – could one be Lydia Goss Spracklin. Who is the other female?
  • Free White Females 26 thru 44 – 1  – Could this be sister and daughter Mary Goss about 35 years old.
  • Free White Persons Females – 45 and over – 1  – Unknown????
  • Foreigners not Naturalized – 1  – This is John Spracklin an Englishman. He naturalized in 1859 in Knox County, Ohio.  I wrote about this in a post on this blog.
  • Number of person engaged in agriculture – 2 – John and Solomon
  • Free White Persons – under 16  – 1
  • Free White Persons – Over 25 – 3
  • Total Free White Persons – 7
  • Total All Persons – 7
  • Total All Persons, White, Slaves, Colored, Other – 7

Let’s review the family and see if we can fit the family into the census numbers above. Of course this is all speculation on my part.  You might have another take on the numbers which is fine.  You can find the actual census pages at or Family Search. When you take a look at the census you will see that it might be a challenge to read the columns for it was just a piece of paper with lines and numbers and names written on it.

1820 Fearing Twp., Washington Co., Ohio

1820 Fearing Twp., Washington Co., Ohio

  • Solomon himself would be 66 years old at this time. Olive if she is truly alive would be 63 years old and might be the lady listed 45 and older.  I feel that she died before 1810 because his will did not mention Olive “his loving wife.”  The 1815 deeds of land in Knox Co. to his children did not show Olive releasing her dower? So we have a puzzle as to who the lady at age 45 and over might be?
  • Elizabeth Goss married Andrew Lake in 1798 and she was born 1777 and she would be about 43. Andrew Lake is listed in Union Twp., Washington Co. in Ohio in the records for 1820. So I don’t think it is Elizabeth unless she was visiting.
  • Noah Goss born 1782 – there are only two males listed and Noah would be about 38 years old. I have not found him in the census.
  • Mary born 1785 making her 35 years old.
  • Solomon Goss (Jr.) married Polly Devol in 1812 and he was born 1788 about 32 years old.
  • Daniel Goss married Lydia in 1813 and he was born about 1790 and he is listed in the 1820 Census as living in Belpre, Ohio.
  • Levi is living in Canada at this time, he was born 1793
  • Lydia Goss and John Andrew Spracklin married in 1819 and they have not yet migrated to Knox County, Ohio at this time.
  • Wine Rood and wife Anne Spracklin and family are living in Fearing Twp. in 1820. This is John’s uncle and aunt.
  • John and Lydia were the parents of Alfred and Ida. I do not have much on either.  Ida is buried in Knox Co. with her parents.  The above does not mention a young boy.

I have written posts and published them about all of Solomon and Olive’s children and the others, so you can do more reading and searching on this blog about these individuals. At the top of the blog you will find in the drop down menu PAGES that have table of contents of the posts published by family groupings.

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