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Frederick Crandall

As discussed in my Census Confusion blog post, figuring out a family unit from an 1850 census record can prove difficult. The 1850 census record for Carroll County, Indiana shows a 15 year old Hiram Currey living in the household of Jane Currey. Thus, it would be easy to place Hiram as a child in Jane’s family.

When I shift to the Lewis Crandall family, a similar situation may be occurring. The 1850 census for Anna Crandall in Van Buren County, Iowa includes the following children:

  • Jane female age 17
  • Saloma female age 15
  • John male age 14
  • Frederick male age 11
  • Eliza female age 8
  • Elzie female age 6
  • Lewis male age 4

Researchers have placed these children in the family of Lewis Crandall [L4WP-BLJ] and his first wife Almira. Almira is believed to have died prior to 1846 when Lewis married Anna Dille Tuttle in 1846.

According to an obituary for John Nafus Crandall, he was the 5th child in a family of 10. With the seven children in the 1850 census, there would be three more, with two of them younger than John. The Lewis Crandall family on FamilySearch has the following children:

  1. Charles Crandall [K65W-WM3] (1830-1842)
  2. Sarah Crandall [K65W-WMQ] (1832-1834)
  3. Jane Crandall [LC5M-V78] (1833-1901) – listed in 1850 census record as 17 year old female
  4. Ann Crandall [LC5M-V7J] (1834-Dec)
  5. Saloma Crandall [29SC-SSN] (1835-1893) – listed in 1850 census record as 15 year old female
  6. John Nafus Crandall [LHZJ-Q8G] (1836-1914) – listed in 1850 census record as 14 year old male
  7. Susannah Crandall [K65W-WM7] (1838-1842)
  8. Frederick Crandall [G673-SKT] (1838-1900) – listed in 1850 census record as 11 year old male
  9. Freelove Crandall [KXRL-G59] (1840-1882)
  10. Eliza A. Crandall [LHZJ-Q12] (1842-Dec) listed in 1850 census record as an 8 year old female
  11. Elsey Crandall [LDQ7-MRB] (1844-Dec) listed in 1850 census record as a 6 year old female
  12. Lewis W Crandall [KXRL-GGK] (1846-Dec) listed in 1850 census record as a 4 year old male

If the obituary is correct, there are 2 extra children with one of them younger than John.

Thankfully, there are other records to help document this family. The probate records for Lewis Crandall identifies the following family members:

  • Anna, widow of Lewis Crandall
  • Jane Crandall – not a minor child when Lewis Crandall died
  • Salome Crandall – not a minor child when Lewis Crandall died
  • John Crandal – minor child in 1856 and 1858
  • Freelove Crandall – minor child in 1856 but of age in 1858
  • Anna Crandall – minor child in 1856 and listed as Eliza in 1858
  • Elsey Crandall – minor child in 1856 and 1858
  • Lewis Crandall – minor child in 1856 and 1858

In addition to the probate records, deeds for the sale of Lewis Crandall’s land identify the following children:

  • Jane Crandall, wife of Thomas C. Dodson
  • Salome Crandall
  • Freelove Crandall
  • John N. Crandall
  • Eliza Ann Crandall
  • Elsey Crandall
  • Lewis Crandall JR

Even though the 1850 census includes a child named Frederick, the probate and deed records don’t include Frederick. Thus, additional records are needed to confirm that Frederick Crandall is the son of Lewis Crandall and Almira Nafus.