The Gray/Gramwatt MysteryPosted on December 21st, 2012 No comments
Getting a bit excited about heading south, but meanwhile still enjoying a bit of genealogy research. Here’s one of the little mysteries that makes it fun.
On the 1850 US Federal Census for Green Township, Noble County, Indiana are two families of Grays
Enumerated on the 26th of September, 1850, in Residence 28 and Family 28, lines five through fifteen, we find Samuel and Ruth Gray and their children Eliza, Sophronia, Hesy (Hester?), Anne, James, William, Nathan L., Sylvester, and Ruth L.
However, on line 16 and living with the family is one George Gramwatt, 17, born Ohio, attended school that year. Who he?
Living nearby, Residence 41, Family 41, lines six through ten, are David Gray (later to become known as Elder David Gray), Susan, George, and little Mary, along with David and Samuel’s mother Elsie (Alcy).
Oh, and on line 11 and living with the family is a William Gramwatt, 10, born in Ohio, at school. Who he too?
Alternative spellings are Greenwall, Greenwalt (both popular names in 1850) and Gramwalt, but I think the records clearly show Gramwatt.
So, two Gramwatt kids living with two Gray families. Why? Where are their folks? A mystery I’ll leave for the future — but in the meantime, if anyone has information, please post a comment here at the blog.
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