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I have looked and looked, and been unable to find John Leasil Brasher and his family in the 1870 census in Utah, though they should have been included.

I have found an entry in the 1870 Kamas, Summit County, Utah census that looks very suspiciously like a very poorly enumerated entry for them, and I decided I’d post the information here, to see what others may think.

UTAH , SUMMIT, RHODES VALLEY
Series: M593 Roll: 1612 Page: 130
Post Office Kamas Prarie
36 35
Brasie John 26 M W Farmer Virginia
” Emma 20 F W Keeping House England
” Caroline 3 F W at Home Utah
” John 1 M W at Home Utah
” Alwilda 29 F W Keeping House Wales

Lots of things are wrong: Virginia instead of Kentucky for John’s birthplace, Emma instead of Eliza, Caroline instead of Clara Bell, Alwilda instead of Ann (Butler), but the ages match and England and Wales are correct.

Possible reasons why this might be them:
1–they were too new to the area, and the enumerator didn’t talk to them but to a neighbor instead
2–they were worried about federal agents because of polygamy, so whoever did talk to the enumerator didn’t give the exact information

So, could this be them?

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I looked and looked and looked, but though I should have been able to find this couple and their children in the 1870 and 1880 censuses, I was unable to.  If anyone knows where to find them in these census records, please let me know?

 

CENSUS: 1900 US.

Huntington town, Emery, Utah Enumeration District: 0197 Page: 6 Sheet A

93  6

John L Brasher Head W M Aug 1843 56 M 34 yrs  Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky   Farmer

Eliza Brasher Wife W F July 1849 50 M 34 yrs 11 children 8 living  England England England imigrated 1862 38 yrs Na (naturalized)

Rubin Brasher Son W M July 1877 22 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

Lesil Brasher Son W M May 1880 20 S  Utah Kentucky England  Farm Laborer

Francis M Brasher Son W M July 1884 15 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

Bertha Brasher Daughter W F Apr 1888 12 S  Utah Kentucky England  At School

(daughter Clara Brasher Grange’s family is next door on one side and daughter Temperance Brasher Sherman’s family is next door on the other side)

Film Number: 1241683 Image Number: 00187 (more…)

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