Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Baldwin, Maine, in the 1820 Census

Baldwin, Maine, in Cumberland County, in the 1820 Federal Census

Enumerated population of Baldwin, Maine in the 1820 Census: 1120 - the Enumerator wrote 1124 at the end of his list and then corrected it to 1120, both at the end of his list and in his recap.

Enumerator: Stephen Swett

Enumeration of Baldwin consists of all or parts of Sheets 48-64; use the arrow at top left of each image to page forward.

Note: the 1820 Federal Census lists the names of heads of households only; people in a household are tracked by age range and gender to determine the total population.

See the
list of heads of households at the end of this post.

Boundary changes since 1820: Land set off to form Sebago in 1826, with additional pieces to Sebago in 1827, 1837 and 1871. Pieces set off to Hiram in 1821 and 1824

Note: Spelling of the names of heads of households has been left as it appears in the enumerator’s hand; in some cases, for clarity, an optional spelling has been added. Your corrections and additional information are requested; please comment for the benefit of fellow researchers.

For the following reasons, be prepared to search the entire list for the object of your search:

  • Many people were not sure of the spelling of their names

  • Name spelling may have evolved throughout the person’s life

  • The enumerator may not have heard the person correctly

  • The enumerator may have interviewed someone not certain of the name of the head of household or how it was spelled

  • The enumerator may have used phonetic spellings.

  • Some enumerators grouped heads of households together by the first letter of their surname, giving an additional clue on a surname difficult to read.  Note: lists by first letter of surname are not alphabetical within that letter.

  • Some enumerators apparently grouped the names by walking through neighborhoods; in these cases, the first letter of the surname may sometimes be in error, but the information on neighboring households is valuable.

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