I have a special appreciation for this census as it marks the 23rd census to record eight generations of consanguineous Powells, from my granddaughter to her 5th great grandfather. We are fortunate in the U.S. to have this census record because it has the added benefit to aid in the research of family history. So participate, and encourage others to participate, because, besides being required by law, it may be a legacy to your descendents and cousins.
This is my granddaughter’s first census. Because they hold the census detail for 72 years, she won’t get to see herself listed in the 2010 census census until 2082. It’s conceivable that my granddaughter could view her detail of the 2020 census in 2092, or maybe even the 2030 census in 2102. My mother, born 1916, saw herself listed in two censuses — the 1920 and 1930.
In the First U.S. Federal Census, 1790, we find Richard Powell, born about 1755, in Union County, South Carolina. He has a wife, daughters, and sons, one of which is 3 year-old Benjamin Powell, born 1787.
In the Second Census, 1800, we find Richard Powell again in Union, South Carolina. He has a wife, daughters, and sons, including the teenaged Benjamin Powell.
In the Third Census, 1810, we find that Richard has passed away and his wife, Sally, is now the head of household. Daughters and sons remain on the farm, including Benjamin Powell, 23.
In the Fourth Census, 1820, we find Benjamin Powell, about 33, in Union, South Carolina, as head of household with wife Catherine, his mother Sally, and five young children.
In the Fifth Census, 1830, we find Benjamin Powell, together with several of his neighbors seen in the previous four censuses, have moved as early settlers to Lawrence County, Tennessee, about 1825. He is in Lawrence, Tennessee with six young children.
In the Sixth Census, 1840, we find Benjamin Powell, about 53, in Lawrence, Tennessee with wife Catherine and four children, the youngest of which is 6 year old Jacob Marion Powell, born 1834.
In the Seventh Census, 1850, we find Benjamin Powell, 64, in Lawrence, Tennessee with wife Catherine and the two youngest children, including Jacob Marion Powell. This is the first census where names are listed along with additional detail, a portion of which is shown here.
In the Eighth Census, 1860, we find Jacob Marion Powell, 24, in Lawrence, Tennessee in his own household with wife Mary Ann Elizabeth Pullen and three young children.
In the Ninth Census, 1870, we find Jacob Marion Powell, 35, in Lawrence, Tennessee, widower, with nine children.
In the Tenth Census, 1880, we find Jacob Marion Powell, 46, with wife Eliza Caroline Day and eight children now in the household, one of which is 5 year-old Guy Herion Powell, born 1875. This is the first census where relationship to the head of household is recorded.
The Eleventh Census, 1890, was destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921. The tragic loss of the 1890 census is a reminder to all generations of the importance of participating in and preserving the record.
In the Twelfth Census, 1900, we find Guy Herion Powell, 24, born Dec 1875, in the household of his half-brother, William M Powell.
In the Thirteenth Census, 1910, we find Guy Herion Powell, 34, in Lawrence, Tennessee, with his wife Olivia Zillie McMasters and five children.
In the Fourteenth Census, 1920, we find Guy Herion Powell, 44, in Lawrence, Tennessee, with wife Zillie and nine children, including 6 year-old Charles Theo Powell, born 1913.
In the Fifteenth Census, 1930, we find Guy Herion Powell in Lawrence, Tennessee with wife Zillie and seven children, including teenager Charles Theo Powell. However, about 1923, Guy moved his family to Caddo County, Oklahoma for a short while. One of Guy’s sons remained in Oklahoma when the family moved back to Lawrence, Tennessee. But the depression era had begun at this Fifteenth Census, and 17 year-old Charles Theo Powell, is looking back toward Oklahoma where his brother is established.
In the Sixteenth Census, 1940, to be released in 2012, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife Thelma Theda Venable in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma or Elk City, Beckham, Oklahoma.
In the Seventeenth Census, 1950, available about 2022, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife Thelma and two daughters in Carnegie, Caddo, Oklahoma.
In the Eighteenth Census, 1960, available about 2032, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife Thelma and a daughter and a son that would be me, Charles Emmitt Powell, born 1953, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.
In the Nineteenth Census, 1970, available about 2042, we should find Charles Theo Powell with wife and son, Charles Emmitt Powell in Oklahoma City.
In the Twentieth Census, 1980, available about 2052, we should find Charles Emmitt Powell, with wife and son Powell, born 1979, in Oklahoma City.
In the Twenty-first Census, 1990, available about 2062, we should find Charles Emmitt Powell with wife and a son and a daughter in Dallas County, Texas.
In the Twenty-second Census, 2000, available about 2072, we should find my son Powell in Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma.
In this, the Twenty-third Census, 2010, available about 2082, we should find my son Powell with his wife and my grand-daughter Powell, born 2008, in Collin County, Texas. 2010 then, marks the twenty-third census, 220 years after the first in 1790.
The census record gives a sense of continuity in place and time and history. 2010 is here. I hope you get to participate and preserve.