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Ezra Chamberlain b1828

I am participating in the Dear Myrtle’s study group called Tracing Immigrant Origins – This week the homework was to find clues in census records that indicate a place of origin.

I’ve been told the Indian princess story, well not really. I was told that my second great-grandmother, Rosamond Chamberlain b1861 in Iowa, rumored to be 1/4 Blackfoot Indian. I cannot find very much on her parents, so far all I know is that her father was born in Canada and mother in Indiana…

1870 United States Census from FamilySearch.org
United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11884-49862-12?cc=1438024 : accessed 28 October 2015), Iowa > Fayette > Westfield > image 39 of 44; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Her Father Ezra is listed as being born in Canada and both of his parents are of foreign birth. His wife Hannah was born in Indiana. Neither of her parents were foreign-born. I’m assuming Ann, born in Illinois, is the daughter a daughter of Ezra and Hannah. Then there is a huge age gap and the other three children are born in Iowa. Near the bottom there is an Elias listed in the household who is 75 and born in Canada. Ezra’s father? Both parents of Elias are also of foreign birth. At the very bottom is Leonard, 22, born in Canada and both parents are foreign-born.

I’ve seen an 1860 census with an E B Chamberlain, but I don’t know if it’s the same person. The 1880 census lists all the same birth places. Sometime after that the family moves to Oregon.