Sipple Stories

Pictures & stories of my Grandparents Joy & Adda Rockwell Sipple, their family and their ancestors.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

1900 and 1920 Nebraska Census

Have you ever seen an old census?? They can be fun to search for, interesting to look at, and you might find out something new about your ancestors.

Here is a page from the 1900 Weeping Water, Nebraska census...

Just over half way down, on line 32, you will find my Great-grandparents, Abraham and MaryAnn Rockwell, and their family: Walter, Willie O, Abbie N, Pearl H, Martha L, Susie M, Stephen T, Jesse and Gifford M. Abbie N should be Adda F, my Grandmother, who married Joy Sipple.

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You will see the month and year each person was born, their age, the state they were born in and the state their parents were born in, their occupation or if they are in school. The three yes's indicate they can read, write and speak English.

Above is part of a page from the 1920 Grand Island, NE census. Here you can see Joy and Adda Sipple and their family: Charles F, Opal O, Joy F Jr, and Phyllis J. Below them are Mary A Rockwell with her sons: Jesse, Benjamin, and Louis Edgar. MaryAnn Rockwell was Adda's Mother.

They lived at 314 and 320 Oak Street. On this census, the yes answers indicate if they attended school the previous year, if they can read and write. Notice Charles and Opal attended school but it doesn't say that they can read or write (they are only 7 and 5. The first column after their name indicates their relationship to the head of the house. Next is sex, then color or race, then married or single. The yes before the occupation indicates if they can speak English. They seem to only care about the adults here. This census was taken before Rex was born and before the family moved to 823 W 17th.



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