Census Sunday – 1870 Census for Michael McCormack and family

I would like to review the 1870 United States Federal Census for Michael McCormack and his family. In 1870, we find Michael and Catherine living in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan. Ypsilanti is about 8 miles SE of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The last time that the family was enumerated in a census, it was in the 1861 West Canada census [1]. Michael and Catherine are my 3rd great great grandparents.

1870 United States Census - Michael McCormack and family

1870 United States Census – Michael McCormack and family [2]

They were enumerated on the 3rd of June, 1870. The information extracted for the family is;

A. Michael McCormack, age 45, male, white, day laborer, $1000 in Real Estate, $100 in Personal Estate, [born in] Ireland, father and mother of foreign birth, male citizen of U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards.
B. Catherine McCormack, age 45, female, white, keeping house, [born in] Ireland, father and mother of foreign birth
C. William McCormack, age 17, male, white, at home, [born in] Ireland, father and mother of foreign birth
D. Delila McCormack, age 16, female, works in paper mill, [born in] Kentucky, father and mother of foreign birth
E. Edward McCormack, age 13, male, white, attending school, [born in] Canada, father and mother of foreign birth
F. John McCormack, age 10, male, white, attending school, [born in] Canada, father and mother of foreign birth
G. Arthur McCormack, age 8, male, white, attending school, [born in] Canada, father and mother of foreign birth
H. Henry McCormack, age 7, male, white, attending school, [born in] Canada, father and mother of foreign birth
I. Frank McCormack, age 5, male, white, [born in] Canada, father and mother of foreign birth
J. Maria McCormack, age 3, female, white, [born in] Michigan

There is nothing really surprising in the information taken from this census. I guess you could say what is “surprising” is in some of the questions raised by the information supplied. For instances, why Ypsilanti? As I previously mentioned, Michael and his family were last enumerated in London, Ontario, Canada. Why the move from London to Ypsilanti? Could it have something to do with that Canada was still ruled by the British? How did they get from London to Ypsilanti? Also, just when was the move? We know that all the boys with the exception of William were born in Canada and that Maria, the second girl, was born in Michigan. So, sometime between 1865, the birth of Frank, and 1867, the birth of Maria, they moved to Ypsilanti. Could the fact that the Civil War was over help to explain the move? Could be, but we don’t know for sure and right now, any reason given would be pure speculation. One thing that wasn’t caught on this census was the fact that Catherine was pregnant with child #10, Katherine Fidelia, the third and last daughter. One thing that we do notice is, where is John’s twin brother, whom I call Patrick? If you recall my post, Census Sunday – The 1861 Canada West Census”, Patrick died in Nov 1860.

Thanks!

Footnote;

1. Ontario Census, 1861, Ontario, Canada, Ward St. Lawrence, ED 1, Pg. 4 and 62 (stamped), family 33, Michael McCormack, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 9 Sep 2012, citing Year: 1861; Census Place: London, Middlesex, Canada West; Roll: C-1050-1051; Page: 4.

2. 1870 United States Federal Census, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward 3, Pg. 6, dwelling 43, family 45, Michael McCormack, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 8 Sep 2012, citing Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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