Calvin Smith, 1812 – 1881; son of Jeremiah Smith & Joanne Dillon;
my 3rd great grand uncle
Sarah Brumfield, b 1824; daughter of Willis Brumfield & Nancy Virginia Holmes;
my 1st cousin 4x removed
I have been looking at census reports for this couple and it has been difficult to sort out their children. I believe they had 14 children.
In 1850 the oldest girls listed were too old to be the daughters of Sarah. Perhaps Calvin had a previous marriage and they are his daughters. Perhaps they are Smith relatives who were visiting.
Looking across the columns below you can see that names are not consistent. The census takers might not have clearly heard the names of these children or might not have been able to spell the names. Nicknames may have confused the names. For example Caroline is also called Carra.
Wyatt R. Smith is the only child in all four census reports with the same name & appropriate age. It was helpful to look at the children who were older and those who were younger than Wyatt when trying to sort them all out.
I cannot say for sure that I have sorted them out correctly. Are Jeremiah W., James W. and Jerry W. the same person? The ages work out. What about Jackson C. & Jesse C.? Could Cecelia & Courtney be the same girl? I think these are the same people but cannot guarantee it.
To add to the confusion the 1880 Census shows the 6 oldest children are married. Where are the spouses? No one is listed as an in-law. What about children, grandchildren of Calvin & Sarah?
I used a spreadsheet to help sort out these children. Reading across the chart you will see, I believe, the same person in various reports. Take a look & see what you think. I welcome your opinions.