Mansfield Crow and Nancy Jane Coulter are my great-great-grandparents. There has always been confusion concerning their marriage – or perhaps their life after their marriage. I know they married August 19, 1855. Mansfield and Nancy had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Crow, born in September of 1856. Quite simple so far.
In the 1850 census, before their marriage, Mansfield, 12, is living with his parents Mansfield and Mary A. Crow.
In 1860, after their marriage, Mansfield, 21, and daughter, Mary Elizabeth, 4, are listed with his mother Mary A. Crow – evidently his father had died by that time. Nancy Jane, in 1860, is listed with her parents, Harrison and Elizabeth Coulter.
Mansfield is not listed in the 1870 census – could he have died during the Civil War? I do know that he served. Nancy is listed with her parents in 1870, along with Mary Elizabeth.
In 1880 they are still living with Harrison and Elizabeth, Nancy is listed as a widow, and Eliza listed as their granddaughter. Later that year, in September, Nancy marries William Case – she is listed as a widow on the marriage bond.
One interesting fact is that in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census, Nancy is listed as a Coulter – not a Crow. In 1880 her daughter is listed with the last name Crow.
In a video I watched about census records it said that when the census taker came by he asked for the names of everyone in the house on that particular day. If Mansfield and his daughter were staying with his mother for a while – perhaps she needed help managing the farm, since Mansfield, Sr., had died, that may be why they were counted as part of her household.
Another one of those genealogy mysteries that just need a little more research!