If you’ve been keeping up with my series on Gideon Spangler, you will know that I have discovered that there were a lot more children born to him than my cousin had listed. I suspect that the reason for this is because there were no names given in the early censuses and therefore she just opted to not put them there.
I’m not sure that this is the correct way to do this! Let me explain why.
If I take what my cousin posted on her website, I would assume there were only 7 children born to this union. I’m not even sure about the seventh child as there is just too big a gap in the births. If what I found in the census files adds up to at least 11 children, then there are at least 4 children who aren’t accounted for, possibly 5.
Should we just not list them because we don’t know their names?
I believe I need to seriously look at adding these children into my database. I don’t have a name but I could list them as Unknown Spangler and put their sex, male or female. I could also guesstimate their date of birth by looking at the census and narrowing it down to within a five-year period.
Why do this?
I think the reason for this would be very easy to figure out. You want to account for all the things you are able to find. I may never figure out the names of these children but knowing that they exist may help me in some future searches. If I do figure out the names of these children, this could possibly be the information I need to find new resources of information.
So, what is my plan?
I plan on entering this information into my database as stated above and hoping that, in the future, this information might help me to break down a brick wall or two!
What do you think? How would you handle this situation?