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1837 African American Census – Thomas Little

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Today, after the torrential rain, I rushed down to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to find the 1837 African American Census. My $8.00 was well worth it although it started to seem as though I was going to go home empty-handed. No such luck!

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I had been warned by someone ever so helpful at HSP that they did have the census but “it didn’t contain much information.” Thank goodness, I’d seen the 1847 African American Census and knew these documents were genealogy GOLD! I’m glad I’m not easily discouraged and you really can’t be when embarking on genealogy. Here is a list of what is contained in the census:

  • Name of family
  • Total number of residents
  • Number of residents who are natives of the state
  • Number of residents who are not natives of the state
  • Occupation of males
  • Occupation of females
  • Value of property
  • Real estate
  • Amount of incumbrance
  • Personal estate
  • Amount paid for ground rent
  • Amount paid for house rent
  • Amount paid for water rent
  • Number of children in day school
  • Number of children not in day school
  • Amount of tax paid
  • How freed and cost of freedom
  • If from another state, how much property brought to Philadelphia
  • Number of children in Sunday school
  • Number of children not in Sunday school
  • Number of household members belonging to beneficial societies
  • Name of the meeting attended by household members

“Nothing”

At any rate, the first volume I reviewed listed a Tobias Little. I took photos and made copies just in case. One never knows where there will be an error or typo.

tobias little

I reviewed two other volumes and found no Hogans or Littles. As I’m rushing to leave, I review the last volume and three pages in at the bottom of the page – I found Thomas Little living in Sterling Alley with eight family members, seven natives to Pennsylvania and one not native. This sounds like my family.

The case supporting Thomas Little as my 5th great-grandfather is pretty compelling but it is indirect. There is a listing of Catherine Little (b 1788) as Thomas’ widow in the city directory.  Thomas Little, Jr (Jul 1817) stated his father was born in Pennsylvania while his mother was born in New Jersey. We know Catherine states multiple times that she was born in New Jersey. I found Thomas Little on the 1820 Census which is a good gauge for his age.

I’m pretty confident that 1) Thomas and Catherine married and 2) Thomas was born in Pennsylvania between 1780 and 1790. If so, this would mean that Thomas Little would be the key for his descendents to qualify for in the First Families of Pennsylvania – Colonies and Commonwealth – 1638 – 1790.  I plan to spend the next month trying to find additional information to support this contention  as the deadline to apply is May 30 for recognition in October.

But back to the 1837 Census.  So much for the census “not containing much information.”

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Add to the list of things I know about my ancestors the following:

  • Thomas worked as a sugar refiner or at a sugar refinery.
  • He had not amassed any real estate, renting his home for $70 per year. His personal wealth was $350.
  • Two of the children that lived with him (probably his children) attended school.
  • Confirmation again that none of the members of the household were manumitted, i.e. they were not born enslaved.
  • One member of the family belonged to Daughters of Ethiopia and the family attend The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas for religious worship.

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What’s interesting about the St. Thomas confirmation, my grandmother, Thomas’ 3rd great granddaughter was Episcopalian. I had a hunch I was going to find that her choice of faith went back very far. My instinct now has been confirmed.

Gee, I don’t know – qualifying for First Families of Pennsylvania, confirming they were not born enslaved AND ascertaining the church my ancestors attended in the 1830s  (which may lead to other documents) seems more than “nothing” to me! But maybe I’m not indifferent…eh…impartial.

This week has been a very good week in breakthroughs. As always, I’m interested in building a network of researchers for this time period. Please spread the word. Thanks!

 

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Catherine (nee Little) Hogan

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Catherine Little Death Certificate Catherine is my 4th Great Grandmother.

There is a portion of her death certificate that is barely visible. It states that her occupation was a Housekeeper, that she was born in Philadelphia, that she resided in the 7th Ward at the time of her death. It also lists her address and as best as I can tell that is No. ??? So. 12th Street.

Catherine was buried on January 21st, 1871 in the Lebanon Cemetery. Lebanon is now defunct and all remains have been moved to Eden Cemetery, in Collingdale, Pennsylvania. Lebanon Cemetery is where Octavius V Catto was also buried. Here is a link to a collection with some of Catto’s paper’s including the returns of the Lebanon Cemetery the week Octavius Catto was murdered in the Philadelphia Riots.

The undertaker was H.S. Duterte at No. 632 Lombard Street.

Catherine Little b 1788 New Jersey

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Catherine Little (Born 1788 New Jersey – Death Unknown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Catherine Little was born in 1788 in New Jersey. I believe she had five sons and three daughters with Thomas Little. Further research is needed to confirm who she married if the information is available. She died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after 1870 as she is listed in the 1870 Census living with her daughter Catherine (Little) Hogan. Catherine b.1798 is my 5th great-grandmother on my paternal side (h/t Linda Durr Rudd).

The following outlines what I believe I know about Catherine Little b. 1798.

  1. 1820

In 1820, Thomas Little and family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1820 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia North Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Little 1820

Transcription:

Free Colored Persons – Male – 26 thru 44 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Male – Under 14 – 3

Free Colored Persons – Female – 26 thru 44 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Female – Under 14 – 2

Slaves – Female – 45 and over – 1

Who might this be? I do not believe the family was wealthy enough to own a slave and would lean towards this person being an indentured servant or enslaved. As with many urban areas, indentured and enslaved people had vast mobility and I wonder if this person was a family member. I don’t believe that this person was THE slave of the family but may have been enslaved and living with the family. Based on Gradual Emancipation in Pennsylvania, there are many possibilities for the true story behind this enslaved person living with Thomas Little and his family.

  1. 1830

In 1830, Thomas Little and family lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1830 United States Federal Census – Lower Delaware Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Little Pt 1 1830

Thomas Little Part 2 1380

Transcription:

Free Colored Persons – Male – 36 thru 54 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Male – 10 thru 23 – 2

Free Colored Persons – Male – Under 10 – 2

Free Colored Persons – Female – 36 thru 54 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Female 10 thru 23 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Female – Under 10 – 1

  1. 1840

In 1840, Thos Little lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1840 United States Federal Census – Lower Delaware Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Little 1840

Transcription:

Free Colored Persons – Males – 55 to 99 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Males – 10 thru 23 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Females – 36 thru 54 – 1

Free Colored Persons – Females 10 thru 23 – 1

 

  1. 1850

In 1850, Catherine Lightey was 60 years old and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1850 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia Lombard Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catherine Little 1850

Transcription:

Catherine is found living next door to her daughter Catherine Hogan.

Catherine Lightey 60
George Bass 20
Edward Hagan 9
Catherine Hagan 22
Thomas Hagan 3
Edward Hagan 1
Samuel Bass 2
  1. 1860

In 1860, Catharine Littill was 72 years old and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1860 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia Ward 7, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

catherine little 1860

Transcription:

Edgar Hogan 33
Catharine Hogan 32
Catharine Littill 72
Thomas Hogan 11
Catharine Hogan 9
William Hogan 7
Samuel Hogan 5
Margaretta Hogan 1
  1. 1870

In 1870, Cathrine Litle was 81 years old and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1870 United States Federal Census – Philadelphia Ward 4 District 13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

catherine little 1870

Transcription:

Edward Hogan 45
Cathrine Hogan 39
Thomas Hogan 21
Cathrine Hogan 18
William Hogan 16
Samuel Hogan 14
Margaret Hogan 11
Edmond Hogan 8
Elizabeth Hogan 5
Cathrine Litle 81

 

Questions:

Who was the enslaved person living with Thomas Little in 1820?

Is Thomas Little the husband of Catherine and the father of Catherine Little?

Can the other Little children be identified?

Was Catherine Little b. 1798 born free, enslaved or indentured?

How did she come to Philadelphia? What was her maiden name and where did she come from in New Jersey?

Research in New Jersey has proven elusive but I’m just wrapping my head around what is available in Philadelphia. Forging Freedom by Gary Nash has been invaluable in shaping the framework for my research.