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Someone in my family told me that they were told that someone once
overheard someone say that the father of Berry L. HORSLEY was named "Ralph".
Pretty common occurance in doing family interviews. Well, that was
exactly what I was told. Berry L. HORSLEY was born about 1823 in
Kentucky according to Illinois census records. Pretty slim information
to work with. I posted a message on the KY list and got a reply, among
many good suggestions, that stated there was a "Ralph HORSLEY", age 68, listed
in the 1870 Breckinridge County census with wife Delila, age 60. About the right time
frame for Berry to be a child [ at least for Ralph ] if he was one of the first couple
born. This peaked my interest
immediately, as would be normal.
Step back n time twenty years.
On the Breckinridge County web page I found a link to the 1850 census:
District 2 page 63B family 258 has Rafael HORSLEY, age 48, with wife
Delia, age 41, several children, a Levi HORSLEY, age 84 and Sarah, age 74. [
hmmmmmmmmmm ] Not an exact match but with census takers often writing down what
"they" heard, well......... The time frame becomes a bit more workable with the
seven year age difference instead of the ten shown in 1870. By 1850 Berry was already in
Coles County Illinois married to Sarah _______ raising a family of his own so no chance
of finding him listed with his parents. Berry did have a son named Simeon AND there is a
child listed something like Symeon, age 17, with Rafael and Delia. There was also a
William HORSLEY closely associated with Berry in Coles County. There is a child William,
age 15, listed on the census.
SO, I guess the question then becomes:
Does anyone have any further information on this/these family/families? [ even a no chance
is something ]
I haven't finished going through all the 1850 census pages but did find
another name of interest a couple pages later. [ GANAWAY - but that's
fodder for another post ]
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