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Illinois, Knox and Stark Counties Levi Stephens

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Illinois, Knox and Stark Counties Levi Stephens

Posted: 1498801887000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stephens, Collins, Dunbar
I have a census question. My 2nd great grandfather, born in Ohio, came to Knox County, Illinois about 1837. He bought a farm in Walnut Grove Township in Aug of 1837. He was married in Feb 1837 but his first wife, Rosanna Dunbar, died while giving birth to their 1st son, Levi Jr.

Levi then married Nancy Collins in Jan 1839. Family history says his first 3 children were born at that farm in Knox County. They do not show up in Knox County Census in 1840, or anywhere else for that matter. There is, I suppose, the chance the were living with another family but sounds odd because he had the farm.

In April of 1838 he bought 6 lots in Lafayette, Illinois. At that time Lafayette was in Knox County.

Stark County was established in 1839 and 2 townships of North East Knox County was transferred to Stark County which included Lafayette, or Goshen Township actually.

In the 1850 Census and the Federal Census Non-Population Schedule (AG Census) lists Levi and family in Stark County but no farm land purchases can be found for Levi. By this time he only has 2 lots in Lafayette, Stark County and the farm in Walnut Grove Township, Knox County, IL.

This is probably a long way around to this question. Would there have been any way that the Non-Population Schedule would have listed Levi's farm, crops, livestock and land values for the farm in Knox County, in the Stark County Census and Non-population census?. He dies in 1852 in Stark County and the estate sale roughly matches the Non-pop Schedule.

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