Census Sunday – Minnie (McCormack) Barnes and family in the 1910 Census

For today’s Census Sunday post, I would like to post about my great grand-aunt Maria “Minnie” Bedina (McCormack) Barnes and her family. In 1910, we find Aunt Minnie still married to Charles E. Barnes and together with their one remaining son, Carl and this time around, Minnie’s nephew Robert Addy. For this census, the family was living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Robert was the son of Delilah and Smith Addy. Delilah was Minnie’s older sister who had died about 5 years before in 1910 . I wrote about her death and showed her death certificate in my post, “Delilah (McCormack) Addy and her death certificate” last Thursday.

Minnie, Charles and family in the 1910 census

Minnie, Charles and family in the 1910 census [1]

This is the portion of the census that we are most concerned about;

1910 Snippet

1910 Snippet

They were enumerated on the 21st of May 1910. Charles, Minnie and their only (living) son and nephew were enumerated on lines 55 to 58 respectively. The extracted information for the household is;

House number, Number of dwelling house in order of visitation, Number of family in order of visitation, Name, Relation, Sex, Color or race, Age at last birthday, marital status, # of years married, mother of X number of children, # of children living, place of birth of this person, place of birth of father, place of birth of mother, year of immigration to U.S., naturalized or alien, language spoken, trade or profession, nature of industry, employee or employer, out of work on 15 Apr 1910, # of wks out of work during 1909, read, write, attended school in 1909, owned or rented, owned free or mortgaged, farm or house.

1. 276, 281, Charles E. Barnes, Head, M, W, 43, MI, 16,  ,  , Michigan, Michigan, Michigan, , , English, Captain, Lake Steamer, W, No, 16, Yes, Yes,  , 0, M, F, 0, 0, X, 0
2. -, -, Minnie Barnes, Wife, F, W, 43, MI, 16, 2, 1, Michigan, Ireland, Ireland, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , , ,
3. -, -, Carl Barnes, Son, M, W, 19, S, , , , Michigan, Michigan, Michigan, , , , None, , , , , , , Yes, , , , , , ,
4. -, -, Robert Addy, Nephew, M, W, 19, S, , , , New York, England, Kentucky, , , English, Farmer, General farm, OA, , , Yes, Yes, No, , , , , , ,

We really don’t learn anything really surprising from this extracted information. There could be one exception to the previous statement. The “surprising” fact could be that Robert Addy, Minnie’s nephew was living with her instead of with his father, Smith Addy.  If Minnie’s husband was a Great Lakes ship captain, on whose farm was Robert was working as a farmer? Where was Robert’s older sister? This living arrangement raises more questions that it answers. Why were the Addy children living with relatives and not their father? We might be able to safely guess, but until we get some definitive proof, like a statement or document attesting to the living arrangements of the Addy children we would only be guessing.  Perhaps we could be “surprised” that a ship captain and his family would live inland and not in some port city in Michigan. Why did they move from Otter Lake to Ypsilanti?

Thanks for stopping by and I hoped you learned something.


1. 1910 United States Federal Census, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ward X, ED 152, dwelling 276, family 281, Charles E. Barnes, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://search.ancestry.com/, accessed 2 Apr 2008, citing Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.


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