1920 Census

Okay so I will break the no two post in one day rule, but I am just getting started, so here goes nothing.

The 1920 Census for Rachel Flowers was not hard to find, but it did raise a few questions.1920 United States Federal Census-1

1920 United States Federal Census-1

Compared to the 1910 Census this one is much shorter. Harry F. Flowers, father of Rachel Flowers, is listed as the head of the household. Also, the 1910 Census was taken in Jacksonville, FA while the 1920 Census was taken in Boiling Springs, PA. The big shock is that Mr. Flowers is listed as divorce and is no longer married to N.J.P Flowers.

How popular were divorces in the early 1900s?

Harry Flowers and N.J.P. Flowers divorced prior to 1913 for in the 1930 Census (N.J.P. Flowers or Nancy or Alexander) she married Henry Sams that year.

In 1920,  Harry’s household included only four out of the eight children from the 1910 Census.  There lived Rachel Helen (19), Vincent Allen (14), Gladys (12), and Hilda C. (9). This is understandable because Chauncey, Fred, and John were much older and by this time Chauncey married Ernestine Flowers. Together they had two children–Chauncey Jr. and Margaret. Harry Flowers worked as an carpenter and was 74 years old (b. 1846). Rachel, the only other person in the household who held a job, worked as a housekeeper at home…or at a home (either would make sense I guess).

There are a couple of siblings missing: Theodore who would have been 14 years old and Clifford who would have been 10, but I believe Clifford is Hilda for Clifford is her middle name and they are the same age (relatively), but I will save that for a later blog. This census had my mind exploding with questions.

Why did this family choose Boiling Springs and why does the entire family, including Harry’s ex-wife’s new family move to PA?

Why is there a change in race from mulatto to black?

Why is it so difficult to find the 1920 Census for Nancy Sams?

Stay tune for more.
Until the next post.



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