Census Sunday – John Michael McCormack and family in the 1900 Census

Today I would like to share the 1900 Census for John Michael McCormack and his small family. This is the first census for John Michael since he was a young man in 1870 census.

1900 United States Census

1900 United States Census [1]

Here is the portion of the census that we are concerned with today.

1900 Snippet

1900 Snippet [1]

They were enumerated on the 1st of June 1900. The extracted information for the household is;

name, relation, color of race, sex, date of birth, age, martial status, years married, # of children, # of children living, place of birth, place of birth father, place of birth mother, year of immigration, # of years in U.S., naturalization, occupation, attended school, read, write, speak English, own or rent, owned free or mortgage, farm or house

1. John Michael McCormack, Head, White, Male, Apr 1860, 40, Married, 11, Canada, Ohio, Ohio, 1870, 30, Marble Cutter, Yes, Yes, Yes, R, (F?), H
2. Gertrude McCormack, wife, white, female, Apr 1865, 35, Married, 11, 1,1, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Yes, Yes, Yes
3. Henry P(eacock) McCormack, son, white, male, June 1891, 8, Single, Nevada, Canada, Nevada, at school, Yes, Yes, Yes

One thing that we can see is wrong here is where this census says that John Michael’s parents were born. John Michael’s parents were NOT born in Ohio. They probably traveled through Ohio from Kentucky to Michigan or Canada, but they definitely were not born there. Also, Gertrude was the mother of three children, NOT just one. Unfortunately, her first two children did not live. I have the feeling that someone outside of the family gave the enumerator the information. Another reason why I say that is that, I believe that John Michael owned the place, which was the hotel, that he and his family lived at.

What we learned from this census, besides the many errors in my opinion, is that John Michael might have been naturalized in 1870 at the age of ten when he lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan with his parents, Michael and Catherine. That is something that I will have to check out is the possibility that someone not of an adult age could be naturalized. I thought that someone had to wait until they became an adult to get naturalized.



1. 1900 United States Federal Census, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, population schedule, Ward 3, ED 41, Pg. Sheet 1A (written), dwelling 2, family 2, John Michael McCormack, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 3 Mar 2007, citing Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.


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  1. Pingback: Happy Birthday, John Michael McCormack and . . . | The Otter Lake Express

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