4017Re: James Blanding - 1910 census
- May 26, 2006Keith and TJ ...
Here's what I have so far on James C. Blanding, elder brother of Hugh
b. abt 1848 - Wisconsin (age 2)
son of Joseph and Maria Blanding
Father b. PA; mother b. WI
Residence: Grant County, WI (Lancaster, I think)
ditto (age 12)
Residence: Watertown, Grant Co., WI
I don't have this one yet. Will check this weekend.
1880 census: June 7 & 8
b. abt 1845 - Pennsylvania (age 32), Surveyor
Wife: Christina, age 27, b. Sweden (F/M also b. Sweden)
Residing: Sheridan, Pennington Co., Dakota Territory
NOTE: I believe this is our James C., but note PA as birthplace.
Since mother Maria was b. WI, I believe all her children were b. WI.
Census page correctly lists F/M birthplace as PA and WI, respectively.
Now here's the goodie I discovered while rambling on Ancestry.com
last night ....
1890 Veterans Schedules Record:
James C. Blanding, Private, Company A, 41st Wisconsin Infantry
Enlisted: May 6, 1862
Discharged: July 25, 1865
Years of Service: 3
No disabilities noted
Residence: June 1890 - Cascade, Cascade County, MT
Post Office Address: Grand Coulee, MT
House No.: 207 (no street given)
Yes, I know our James C. would have been about age 14 or 15 upon
enlistment, but that was not unusual. It would be worth checking
further to find out if Pvt. James C. enlisted from Grant County.
There's another Blanding line in St. Croix, Polk County, WI -- not
connected to our Blandings as far as I know. Maybe a distant
relationship if one or more of the Pennsylvania Blandings settled in
Keith, I have the citation but not the document for the 1910 census
James C. Blanding
b. abt 1847 - Pennsylvania
Residence: Jardine School District, Park County, MT
I'm pretty sure this is our guy, but that PA birthplace bugs me! It
shows up again ....
1920 census: January 23
b. abt. 1847 - Pennsylvania (age 73), Farmer
Wife: Mary, age 50, b. Sweden
Residence: Livingston Ward 2, Park County, MT
Again, James' F/M listed as b. PA and WI, respectively. I believe
Mary (also "May" on Ancestry.com) was a 2nd wife, given the age
James C. does not appear on the 1930 census.
Why would he indicate PA as his birthplace and not Wisconsin?
There's no disputing the 1850 and 1860 census information. Here's
what I think:
If Pvt. James C. is our guy, maybe he fudged his age to enlist. If
so, he might have given PA as his birthplace because Wisconsin
authorities could not easily check it and find out his real age.
Since our James' father, Joseph, was from Pennsylvania ... well, why
not? A little fib in 1862 may have followed James the rest of his
That's it for now.
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