Category Archives: Census

Hikerbocker? Hikerbacker?

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).

Listed are:

Clarence Knickerbocker

Martha Knickerbocker

Helen Knickerbocker

Elanor Knickerbocker

William Knickerbocker

Clifford Knickerbocker

Earl Knickerbocker

Luella Knickerbocker


Hikerbacker 1920 census

Hikerbacker 1920 census

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Minneapolis Ward 12, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll  T625_838; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 223; Image: 373.

Source Information: 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.


William Knickerbocker and Catherine Lyon

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 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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.

Victoria Osaga

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.

Aunt Vicky 1930


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