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Have you tried FamilySearch for the census? They might have something that
Ancestry lacks. Also suggest that you do a search on first names only in
case the indexer couldn't read the last names - and I would search the whole
state. It is conceivable that they were not in Portageville until after the
census was taken or were missed.
What I would do in your shoes:
Search for them arriving on a boat.
Keep in mind that when filling out the pension application, they were
talking to the government and may have offered a creative spiel to keep
information private. Look in later records to verify the info.
Family Search has land and probate records - go through them - tedious but
sometimes a goldmine.
Expand the search to include siblings - their info helps.
Look for the marriage record - both civil and church records. Also
children's birth baptisms death records.
Fulton Postcards has old Wyoming County newspapers - also genealogybank.com
and newspapers.com. Look for obits as well as other mentions.
Check with the Wyoming county historian.
If you find neighbors names repeating, consider that they might be
Get the entire pension file from National Archives.
Search just for the surnames. Turns up more kids.
I always check findagrave.com.
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Hoping for some help breaking down a brick wall.
My 2nd gr-grandparents John McDermott and Catherine Saul/Sauls were married in Portageville in 1851, lived in Genesee Falls until the early part of the Civil War. John enlisted, Catherine moved to Wisconsin and he joined the family there later.
I have scrolled through the Genesee Falls and Pike 1850 census records, and the Portage census from Livingston County. I cannot find either of them in any of the census records. In the 1900 census, they stated they arrived in the US from Ireland around 1847. Given the 1851 marriage date (based on John's Civil War pension record) in Portageville, I am presuming that they lived somewhere nearby in 1850. I cannot find Portageville's 1850 census on Ancestry.
I even scrolled through Perry, as a possibility based on a possible hit on Catherine's sister Bridget Saul/Sauls, who married John Carney. I found a Bridget and John Carney in Perry - but no Catherine Saul/Sauls and no John McDermott.
I'm at a loss - is there anywhere else I could look for them? I'm disappointed that I can't find anything for either of them before their marriage in 1851 in Portageville...any help would be appreciated.
Thanks! Michel Brysonskyeswom(a)prodigy.net