Thursday, November 1, 2007

1860 census entry for the mower farm

The Mower farm housed a small household in 1860. My great-great-grandparents, George and Elizabeth (Eastman) Mower had only been married for 3 years. One child had been born to the couple on 17 Nov 1857, a son they named Charles M.; however he had died as an infant on 23 Feb 1858.
1860 U.S. Federal Census for George Mower
SOURCE: 1860 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor City, Ward 5, page 5, dwelling 29, family 29, George Mower household; digital image at (, accessed 1 Nov 2007; citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 576.

According to this census, the value of the real estate at the time was $1500, with personal estate valued at $700. The census lists the following individuals:

George Mower, a male aged 33, a farmer, born in Maine.
Lizzie Mower, a female aged 27, born in Maine.
Ann Mariah Mower, a female aged 13, born in Maine. She had attended school within the year.
Alanson Annis, a male aged 20, born in Maine, with no occupation listed.

Ann was not a daughter of George and Lizzie, so who was she. It appears that she was a cousin to George. George's uncle, Calvin Mower, and his 2nd wife, Lydia Thompson, of Greene, Maine, had a daughter Ann Mariah born in 1849 (the last of his 11 children). However, Anna M., aged 11, is listed in the Calvin Mower household on the 1860 census for Greene. Possible duplication? The Bangor census is dated 4 Jun 1860, where the Greene one is dated 18 Jun 1860, although both should have listed individuals in the household as of the official census date. More digging will need to be done on this one, but not sure if a definitive answer will be discovered. Ann may have been in Bangor assisting in the house, it is interesting that in every census Lizzie has been in thus far she seems to have a "domestic" or "servant" girl listed.

Alanson, I am presuming to be a hired farm laborer.

My 3rd-great-grandfather, Martin Mower, who had lost his wife, Mary Underhill, in 1857, is absent in the Bangor, Maine, census for 1860. He can be found living in Minnesota on this census, with his 2nd wife - more on that later.

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