As I began reviewing I realized that I don’t have any parents listed in my database for Julia. Why is that? Have I not been able to locate them? Where have I looked?
I know that Julia was married to Rev. Wallace Walter Thorp(e) about 1862. I have recorded their residences in census & directory listings from 1870 until the year of her death in 1914.
I have found her burial location in Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, Broome County, New York. Click on this link to see her findagrave.com memorial. I contacted Floral Park cemetery via email )(firstname.lastname@example.org) and asked if they had any death date, place, cause and/or parents names in their records. They did not.
In reviewing my research notes in Legacy, it looks like I found an 1860 census record back in February 2009 that I thought might be her. She would have been around 15 yrs. old at that time.
TIP: I have developed the habit of dating my research notes. This has been very useful when I go back & review them. It gives me some idea of when I may have last researched this particular ancestor. Additionally, I may realize that I should re-visit a particular record or website because more information may now be available. Here is a screenshot of some of the notes I have for Julia Austin Thorpe. These are my personal research notes. I can choose to include or exclude them when I print reports to share with others.
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
LET’S FOLLOW SOME LEADS AND SEE WHAT WE FIND
In that 1860 census record I referenced above I found a Julia Austin about the correct age, born in New York and working as a domestic in the GEER family. Here is the index for that census:
NOTE: In the above 1860 census Julia Austin is living in Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York. That’s where her future husband, Wallace Walter Thorp was born. But, who are the Geer’s? Is this our Julia?
If Julia was born about 1845 in New York according to the 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910 census records, then what earlier, pre-marriage records might I locate for her?
- Perhaps in the 1855 New York state census? Let’s look for her there.
This is what came up when I clicked on New York
I don’t see the 1855 state census on that list, do you?
So, I clicked on “View all” and this is what I saw next. There it is, the 1855 state census I’m looking for.
My search criteria when I clicked on the 1855 census was simple. Julia Austin born about 1845. I entered nothing else in the search screen.
Here is the next list I got. It contains 1,182 results.
WHICH RECORD WOULD YOU SELECT FIRST?
I picked the Julia Austin, born 1845 (second one on the list) in Chenango, Broome Co., NY. She is a “child” of whoever is the head of this household and the birth year fits.
Here is the index page
Now let’s look at the image of that census. YOU CAN CLICK ON THIS SHORTENED LINK TO SEE THE ACTUAL IMAGE ON ANCESTRY.COM
TIP: ALWAYS check the other people on the page you are viewing, as well as a page or two before and after the one you are viewing.
There is Julia Austin, age 10, born in Broome County, New York living with her parents & siblings. BUT, when I go to the next page, what do I see as the very next family on this enumeration? The GERE family, Fayette Gere and his wife Elisabeth and a Sarah Austin, listed as a sister. WAIT!!! Wasn’t Julia working for the GEER family in 1860. When I checked the first names of the GEER family she was working for, lo and behold, it was Fayette and Eliz, exactly 5 yrs. older than this couple on the 1855 census.
CONCLUSION: I believe that the Julia Austin shown on the 1860 census and the Julia Austin on the 1855 census are one and the same person.
Are William & Mary AUSTIN listed in the 1855 NY census her parents? Is this OUR Julia?
Only more research will tell me that. New York is very difficult when it comes to online records. There aren’t many available. If I could only locate a death record, it might list parent’s names for Julia. Other than that I may have to find probate records or an obituary to find her parent’s names. I will keep looking, but I have “that feeling” that I’m on the right track. When ‘A’ connects to ‘B’ and then they both connect to ‘C’ it’s always a good feeling. I’ve made progress here and will continue my search for proof. Until then, I won’t list any parents for Julia in my database. But, I will keep good notes of my progress so far.
Do you have any other ideas for me as far as places to look? Do you think that William & Mary could be Julia's parents? I’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions.
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