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Re: Harriet Tiffany
Posted by: Paul Sweet (ID *****8040) Date: June 09, 2005 at 14:03:15
In Reply to: Harriet Tiffany by Brenda J. Lipps of 1091

Brenda,

When you grind to a stop at this point in your family history, I would suggest that you go to the census records. All of them are online with a paid subscription to ancestry.com or through genealogy.com.

In your instance, the census records indicate that Harriet was the daughter of Hampton and Marsha/Marcia Tunison. In the 1860 and 1870 census records, Hampton was living in Alamo, Kalamazoo, MI. Sometime in the 1870s he and his family moved to Athens, Calhoun, MI, and lived next door to Isaac Tiffany at the time of the 1880 census. In the 1900 census, still in Athens, Hampton and Marsha indicate that they were married in 1854 and that they had eight children. In all of the census records, except for 1860, Hampton listed his birthplace as New Jersey.

I could not find Hampton in the 1850 census index, which I had hoped would find him somewhere in New Jersey. Hence, I cannot identify his parents. However, you are in luck in that Hampton served in the Civil War and later filed for a pension. After Hampton's death in 1909, Marsha filed for a widow's pension. Those files are available through the National Archives and are a great source of information. I would suggest that you send for it, if at all possible.

Another thing worthy of note is that Hampton died in Calhoun, MI, in 1909. That death record should/might list his parents. I would suggest if you are unable that you have someone look up his death record for you. One of the websites I often use in www.raogk.org (random acts of genealogical kindness). It lists volunteers from almost every county in every state who are willing to look up information for you. I took a look at the site and found four people willing to do lookups in Calhoun County. You can also contact the local library or genealogical society.

Good luck in your research!


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