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What does a "W" signify in "Residence if out of limits" col?
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Author:  DMcLean [ Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:01 am ]
Post subject:  What does a "W" signify in "Residence if out of limits" col?

I noticed the "W" for my ancestor, Thomas Moloy, on p. 5d, 6a, (11) for East Nissouri.

Author:  Marilyn Patten [ Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What does a "W" signify in "Residence if out of limits"

I have no idea what the W means. I appears to be something added after the enumeration was done by clerks who were processing the data.

Author:  Mark Gallop [ Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What does a "W" signify in "Residence if out of limits"

I see a similar notation on the first name of the preceding page. Ws (in different scripts) seem to have been added after the name and on the right side of column 5. My first guess is that this is intended to denote widow/widower, just as the Xs in column 5 see to denote married people.

Others with greater familiarity with the 1852 census may know more.

Mark

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