Sunday, November 11, 2012

Census Sunday: James Mitchell Knight


Last Sunday I wrote about Ulysses Jollett’s widow Sadie and my inability to find her in the 1940 census.  Fortunately finding Leanna Jollett Knight’s widowed husband James Mitchell Knight was a snap.


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James Mitchell Knight (75) was living as a widower with one of their eleven children, son James Frank Knight (37 – probably incorrect age) and family including James’ wife Maggie (47), son Edward (20) and daughter Margrette (15).  Mitchell was listed as UNABLE to work and had lived with his son in White Hall in Albemarle County, Virginia, at least since 1935, the year before Leanna’s death.   At the time of the previous census, Mitchell and Leanna had been living on their own farm in Nortonsville, Albemarle County, Virginia.

James Frank owned his house valued at $700 and was a farmer.  His son Edward was a farm laborer, likely working for his father who was listed as an EMPLOYER. 

No one in this family had much education.  Mitchell, his son James Frank, and grandson Edward each had completed only 4 years of school.  Maggie completed 6 and Margrette only 3.  Based on an earlier census, I believe Margrette’s age is incorrectly recorded as 15 but should be only 10, which makes 3 years of school appropriate.

Will Sullivan, Decatur Breeden, Mitchell Knight, Sadie Jollett, Walter Davis, Jack Coleman, James Franklin Jollett
Jollett spouses with James Franklin Jollett at a reunion
about 1928
Will Sullivan, Decatur Breeden, Mitchell Knight, Sadie Jollett,
Walter Davis, Jack Coleman, James Franklin Jollett



7 comments:

  1. While I generally appreciate census records, it is frustrating to see the record include such incorrect information as those ages. I guess if you take the information and weave it into a much bigger picture, the variants don't seem as crucial.

    Glad you had an easier go of finding this widowed spouse than you did last week!

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    1. I've grown accustomed to inconsistencies from census to census. Now it's like getting a present when someone is actually 10 years older in the next record.

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  2. Isn't it fun to score an easy genealogy find once in a while?! That's a great photo too. Look at all those vintage cars in the background. Too cool!

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    1. I love this picture and its companion which is all the Jollett children lined up with their father. The cars are really cool and I wonder whose they were.

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  3. While the cars are cool, look at the beard on Jack Coleman. And is that a beard that James Franklin is sporting?

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    1. Yes, both bearded men. If you need better views, click on their names under the Labels section to the right.

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  4. Cool picture. Would have loved to have known them!

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