Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother Was A Blacksmith And A Man

A Retelling Of Mother's Day 2008
With A 1930 Census Addition


Out of curiosity, which we all know killed the cat, and in honor of Mothers' Day I took a census trip in search of men named "Mother." And I actually found a few.

I had to wander through the Mother Superiors of the world, but found the following male Mothers:

Mother Campion was a 55 year old male who immigrated to this country from Ireland. He lived in Quincy, Illinois, in 1870 with his wife Margaret and was a blacksmith.

Mother Bell was a 57 year old male who lived with his wife Ida, their four sons, two grandsons and adopted daughter Sarah. He was a farmer in 1920 in Athens, Georgia.

Mother Collins was a five year old boy living with his grandmother, Lizzy Laney, in New Hanover, North Carolina in 1920.

Mother Lyon was a 37 year old male body builder living with his wife, Marion, in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1920.

Mother Benton was a 7 year old boy living with his mother, Mollie, in Brazoria, Texas, in 1930. We will have to wait another ten years to see if he had the good sense to change his name. Will I still be blogging then?

What were their Mothers thinking?

Sources:

Census:


1870 U.S. census, Adams County, Illinois, population schedule, Quincy, p. 515, dwelling 682, family 618, Mother Campion (Head); digital images. Heritage Quest (http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/ : retrieved 5 May 2008); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 187.

1920 U.S. census, Adams County, Illinois, population schedule, Quincy, p. 8, dwelling 164, family 181, Mother Bell (Head); digital images. Heritage Quest (http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/ : retrieved 5 May 2008); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 243.

1920 U.S. census, Adams County, Illinois, population schedule, Quincy, p. 93, dwelling 290, family 337, Lizzy Laney (Head); digital images. Heritage Quest (http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/ : retrieved 5 May 2008); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1312.

1920 U.S. census, Adams County, Illinois, population schedule, Quincy, p. 107, dwelling 53, family 86, Mother Lyon (Head); digital images. Heritage Quest (http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/ : retrieved 5 May 2008); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 176.

1930 U.S. census, Precinct 4, Texas, population schedule, Brazoria, p. 107, dwelling 78, family 80, Mollie Benton (Head); digital images. Ancestry (http://search.ancestry.com/ : retrieved 9 May 2009); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2301.

Photograph:

Photograph Courtesy of The Library of Congress: The New Woman

1 Comments:

Blogger M. Diane Rogers said...

What a fun article! Love the photo too!

May 10, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

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