The 1940 census has come out. It’s has not all been scanned electronically yet and it will be quite some time until you can search by name. However, if you know what state, county, city and enumeration district to look in and you happen to be looking in a state that has been scanned, you can get cool stuff like this:
Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. Maine, Somerset, Fairfield, Enumeration district 13-19A. Page 24.
There’s a bunch on interesting information here. One of the more interesting things is that the person labeled “Olga” is really my Aunt Alice. Her parents and her siblings called her Olga for much of her life. The original Olga died as an infant and when Alice was born, even though they gave her the name Alice on her birth certificate, called her Olga.
It’s also interesting to me that all the guys that were old enough worked in the pulp mill.
Charles L. Knickerbocker was my half Grand Uncle. His father and mother were William Knickerbocker and Catherine Lyons.
Charles married Irene Wilkinson and had at least two children: William and Agnes. A copy of the 1910 census shows the family living in Belt, Cascade, Montana. A previous post records the census data
In 1920 they had moved to Cottonwood Lake, McHenry, North Dakota.
Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Cottonwood Lake, McHenry, North Dakota; Roll T625_1336; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 111.
Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
Charles and Irene then moved, prior to 1930, to the state of Washington. Charles died 24 Apr 1929 in Tacoma Washington and Irene passed away 24 Feb 1938. You can find the Washington State death records online here. You’ll need to search ‘Charles Knickerbacker’ instead of “Knickerbocker’ to find the death record for Charles.
People, It’s Knickerbocker, ok? In the 1920 census the census taker might have had cotton in his ears because he recorded the name Hikerbacker instead of Knickerbocker. It took a lot of searching to find this record. It’s the only census that I have been able to find at this point to list my Uncle Clifford Knickerbocker (or Clifford Hikerbacker).
In a previous post I was able to receive the marriage record of William R. Knickerbocker and Helen Burgess. William has been married previously to Catherine Lyon who died in 1862.
I had never been able to find any record of William and Catherine except for mentions in obituaries or histories. The marriage record of William and Helen stated that William was a resident of Fond Du Loc County in Wisconsin when he married Helen. I decided to do a more detailed search of Census records in Fond Du Loc and found William and Catherine (and a son Eugene) living in Lamartine, Fond Du Loc, Wisconsin in 1860.
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Lamartine, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin; Roll M653_1408; Page: 665; Image: 177; Family History Library Film: 805408.
Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
If you look at the family recorded above the Knickerbockers you’ll see a family of Lyons that starts on the previous page with John Lyon. If anyone has any information on the Lyon family in Wisconsin about this time, I’d be happy to hear about it.
As I mentioned in a previous post, my Uncle Mike was born in Boston. He ended up moving to Maine with his family and in his adult years got married and ended up back in Massachusetts. Uncle Mike married my Aunt Vicky ( Victoria Osaga) and for some reason the date and place of their marriage has escaped me. ( I seem to lack basic organizational skills) Anyway,My Aunt Vicky came from a large family of, primarily, daughters. Here’s the 1930 Connecticut census showing Victoria, her mom, and a bunch of her sisters.
James Henry Knickerbocker was one of the sons of William Knickerbocker (B. 1801) and Prudence Beadle. An 1880 census shows James, his wife Cynthia, a slew of children(Moris, Edmund, Adelia, Hattie, Daniel, Dever and Prudence) and his mother-in-law Eliza T. Smith.
I’m fairly certain that Moris is really Maurice and the Dever is William Dever – but more on that later.