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Miner in 1910 and 1920 West Virginia Census

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Miner in 1910 and 1920 West Virginia Census

Posted: 1577229562000
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Hello. I have a great-grandfather who registered for the WWI draft in Preston County, West Virginia. He was born in Austria-Hungary on 4/27/1878. His name was George Lawrence and he appears to have signed the draft card as Georgi Lorinc. As per the Draft card, he is living in Bretz and is a miner for the Elkins Coal and Coke Company. That info corroborates with the limited info I have from family stories. What I have not been able to determine is when he may have moved there and if he died there as well. I cannot find him in a 1910 or 1920 census with his wife and kids. I expect he was still in Masontown / Bretz for the 1920 census as he had a son born in 1920 whose birth certificate lists Masontown, WV as the birthplace and only 0.5 miles separate those two towns. But I am not as certain at this point if he was living in WVa in 1910. I am curious – if he was part of a mining camp, would he and others have been missed or excluded from the 1910 and 1920 West Virginia censuses? Would their houses have been considered company property and hence not been visited by a census taker? Is there another way to determine when George and his family may have moved to that area and when they may have moved away? I have used city directories to locate other relatives in other U.S. cities for this time period, but I do not expect a “city directory” would apply to this situation. Do you have any suggestions on finding documents that prove what years George and his family lived in the Bretz/Masontown area? Would there be records beyond a census for a mining town?
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