Monday, March 16, 2009

Brickwalls and Spring

I can't believe it's been over a week since I posted. It's spring in Indiana. I am a sneezing, coughing, eye-watering headache going blindly through the days. I could take a pill but I would be face down on the keyboard, snoring. What to do.......:o)

I am progressing a little on one of my brick walls. The Joyce/Joice family. George Washington Joyce, born about 1805 in North Carolina, married Jane somewhere and sometime, and died before 1870 in Switzerland County, Indiana. That was all I knew at the beginning of last week.

George Washington Joyce
b: 1805 North Carolina
Married Jane IDEN[born in 1806 in Virginia] on December 22, 1825 in Loudoun County, Virginia.

1850 Switzerland County, IN census has first 2 children born in North Carolina and the rest born in Iowa? How did Iowa get in there?? Anyway the youngest in 1850 was 4 months old. So they had just moved to Indiana if this is right.

In the 1870 census Jane is living with her son Robert and his family.

The marriage was not found by me. I was still looking in North Carolina records. It was found by a good friend and fellow researcher, Norma Scott. She saved me!!!

Pretty good, if a little blurry week.

I love my friends.


Becky said...

Hi Sheri,

Ah yes, spring is in the air. Temps have been in the 60s here in northern Indiana the last two days and supposed to get up to 72 tomorrow.

Regarding the birth place of Iowa... I've noticed that in some census years the abbreviation "Ia" was used for "Indiana". It's not really apparent until you start looking at other pages where everyone was born in Ia. And, current day census transcribers often interpret the "Ia" as Iowa based on the abbreviations that we now use.

FamilyTwigs (Sheri Bush) said...

Thanks, Becky. I had not run across that before. Most are Ind for Indiana. It does make sense, though. Thanks for pointing it out. It is wonderful to find information about them. And now a new surname. IDEN.

Thanks again.

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