Thursday, June 9, 2016

Social Security Application = Birth Place!

I found a new piece of information about my great grandfather, Jasper Pascal Brown. I have census records, his marriage record & death record. I have family stories. I have found him in published genealogies. Each of those sources told me Jasper was born in Mississippi!

Now I know where, in Mississippi, he was born. An Ancestry search showed me Jasper’s Social Security Application. Because Jasper was born in 1865 I did not think of him as having a Social Security number. This application, for which I believe he must have supplied the information himself, gives his birth place as Gillsburg, Mississippi!

US census reports showed his parents in Amite Co., MS in 1850 & 1860 and in Pike Co., MS in 1870 & 1880. Jasper was born between those reports. Which county was he born in? Gillsburg is in Amite County. 

This is just one more reminder to never overlook a resource!

Social Security Application for Jasper Pascal Brown

Name                    Jasper Pascal Brown
SSN                        426182499
Gender                  Male
Birth Date             15 May 1865
Birth Place           Gillsburg, Mississippi
Father                  Allen Brown
Mother                   Emerline [sic] Smith
Type of Claim        Original SSN
Note                      Aug 1938 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

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  1. I am always surprised too when an OLD ancestor has a social security number.

  2. I need to pay more attention to that record because I tend to think they wouldn't have had one when they were born in that era.

    1. Michelle, it was a pleasant surprise. You just never know where a gem will turn up. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. That's an awesome find. I would have never dreamed that someone born in 1865 would have a SSAN.

  4. Thanks for the reminder to not overlook a resource! So happy for your discovery.


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