William Hart Monroe – Census Returns
Posted by dwsuddarth on 2 January 2010
Having looked at the 1930 census for William Monroe, I looked at the 1920, 1910, and 1900 census returns. In 1920, the family is enumerated in Farm Ridge Township and is living on a farm, which William owns. He is listed as being 39 years of age, from Scotland. The columns which specify his naturalization and year of immigration are marked “Un” for unknown. Also enumerated in the household are the following:
- Elsie, wife, age 35, born in Illinois
- Gladys, daughter, age 16, born in Illinois
- May, daughter, age 15, born in Illinois
- Ruth, daughter, age 13, born in Illinois
- Will, son, age 12, born in Illinois
- Douglas, son, age 8, born in Illinois
- Estaline, daughter, age 6, born in Illinois
- Augustus, son, age 4, born in Illinois
- Cecil, son, age 2, born in Illinois
Comparing this data with the information from the 1930 census, I notice that Gladys, May and Ruth are children which are not found in 1930. It is most likely that these three daughters had married by 1930. In addition, there is a Douglas enumerated in 1920, but not in 1930. There is also a James in 1930 which is not found in the 1920 census. These do happen to be the same person, as James’ middle name was Douglas. All the other children match the 1930 census.
In 1910, the family is again enumerated in Farm Ridge Township, on a farm. The family unit appears to agree with the other census records. In addition, William’s year of immigration is noted as 1888 (the number is very difficult to make out; it could be 1880, 1881, 1885, 1886 or 1888). Enumerated next to William is a Mrs. Anna Monroe, age 62, born in Ireland. She is widowed and is listed as the head of household. There is also a James Monroe, age 27, living in the household and is listed as her son. It is very likely that this is William’s mother.
In the 1900 census, William is found in Farm Ridge Township working as a Farm Laborer on the farm of Fred Munns. His date of birth is listed as Oct. 1881 and his year of immigration is listed as 1886. He is listed as a naturalized citizen.
Having found William in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses, it is time to begin putting together and correlating what has been learned.