I want to thank everyone who has responded to my query regarding the 1851 census. I also
would like to apologize for not giving a birthdate for Richard Owen Thomas.
His death certificate says he was born 7/23/1846. HOWEVER, the 1900 census notes his
birthdate as 12/1848. The 1948 date seems to match the age shown for Richard Owen Thomas
throughout the census history.
He was not married prior to coming to the US, but did marry a woman who was born in Wales,
Mary Anne Rowlands, whose father was Daniel T. Rowlands. It appears that they married in
Without the index I understand how difficult it is. So I will simply ask that if someone
"trips over" a Richard Owen Thomas in the 1851 census or finds a Richard Thomas
age 3-5 years old I would appreciate knowing about it.
I do believe that a passenger list check may also be a way to solve this mystery. If
there is anyone with passenger list expertise, please contact me.
I would love to know of any free or subscription service that anyone has found to be of
help in researching Welsh ancestry.
Again, thank you for all of the input.
Richard Owen Sergeant