52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #5 In the Census – Martha Webb Campkin Young

This topic created a dilemma – who should I write about?  Should I choose an actual ancestor, or should I write about a family I am currently working on?  I decided to write about a family I am currently working on.

Most of January I was researching the Whimpey family in the United States, but at the end of January I decided to move on from this family (even though I’m not finished on this branch), and start working on another branch of the family that migrated to the United States.

George and Isaac Campkin were sons of Stephen Campkin and Rebecca Pewter. I’m descended from Stephen and Rebecca’s daughter Susannah.  Both George and Isaac migrated from England to the United States.  I am currently working on Isaac’s family.

Isaac died shortly after arriving in the United States.  His wife, Martha Webb, and their children, continued the journey to Utah, and once in Utah, Martha married Thomas Young.  One frustrating thing I found when trying to search for Martha on the censuses was that, even though I knew where the family were living, when I tried searching for Martha using her birth year, I kept getting results from elsewhere in the United States, but not for where they were living.   I then narrowed my search to just the 1860 census, and tried searching for her children, but I couldn’t find them under the surname Campkin.  I finally tried searching for her husband Thomas Young, without a birth year, using the place where I knew they were living – Box Elder County, Utah Territory.  The first result was for my family:

Martha and Thomas Young 1860 census
1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Box Elder, Utah Territory, p. 516, dwelling 1401, family 1362, Household of Thomas Young; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 1 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll M653_1313.

This explained why I hadn’t been able to find Isaac’s children under the Campkin surname – they were listed under the surname Young.

On the 1870 census, Isaac’s children were listed with the surname Kimpkin.

Martha and Thomas Young 1870 census
1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah Territory, p. 71B, dwelling 15, family 13, Household of Thomas Young; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 1 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll M593_1610.

Since her age changed on the 1860 and 1870 censuses, I decided to expand my search to all collections from the United States, and this time I left the age blank, and just searched for a Martha Young with any event in Box Elder County, Utah.  These were the top 3 results:

Martha Webb Box Elder County

This explains why I couldn’t find her using her actual birth year – on the 1860 census she was listed as being 10 years younger, 6 years young on the 1870 census, and 8 years younger on the 1880 census.

On the 1880 Census, Thomas had two wives, Martha and Harriet.  Harriet was Martha’s daughter.

Martha and Thomas Young 1880 census
1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, enumeration district (ED) 004, p. 68A, dwelling 383, family 395, Household of Thomas Young; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 1 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 1335.

Martha Webb Campkin Young died 31 January 1898.

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