Here’s an image of Reverend Hemenway’s 1850s Census. As Shannon astutely noticed in the historic research at the David Ruggles center where those local history scholars (#PublicHistory, #LocalHistory) focussed on the 1850s Census because it supplies more data information about the household occupants, we went looking for Reverend Hemenway’s 1850s Census record in class the other day. We discovered his 1840s record with a few data entries and a couple of clicks; searching for his 1850s and 1860s, however, became problematic. After applying a few more strategies, such as searching for it through a census selection route first and not applying our birth dates, as they could be inaccurate, we still hit a wall and could not get the records. Then an email to our local expert on researching census records proved immediately valuable as he showed how Hemenway’s name was spelled differently in different census records. For the record” and future searches, we should keep in mind the various spelling and use Daniel Hemingway for 1850; Daniel Hemming for the 1860 and 1870 records. Below is Daniel Hemenway’s 1840s Census image.
Now our class must analyze these sources in more detail. What can we learn from these two snap shots in history? What did it mean that some of Hemenway’s students came from outside of Connecticut in the 1850s data? What was the cultural ramifications for hiring and housing Irish immigrants in the 1850s in Suffield, Connecticut? Could this school be the place where fugitive slaves found refuge from the Francis Gillette House or Phineas Gabriel in Avon?
For more on Francis Gillette, visit the Connecticut Freedom Trail site: http://www.ctfreedomtrail.org/trail/underground-railroad/sites/#!/francis-gillette
View our previous work about Avon resident, who might have led fugitives to West Suffield, Phineas Gabriel, on other posts, click on our tagg, “Phineas Gabriel.” NB: Phineas Gabriel is also mentioned in Horatio Strother’s work, too. Click here for his work and search for Phineas Gabriel or other assets in the search box. https://archive.org/details/undergroundrailr1962stro