Date: Wednesday, March 5, 1851
Paper: Rockford Forum (Rockford, IL)
It is not often that I find references to people in 1850 era newspapers--especially people who leave few other records are are extremely migratory. This article signed by the "School Commissioner" mentions the step-father of my ancestor Ira Sargent. The clues are not all that big, but this piece did tell me that:
- The family was still in the Rockford area in 1851. They were in Iowa by 1856 and this helps narrow down the time frame a little bit.
- Asa worked as a teacher. Census enumerations list him as a farm and do not mention his employment as a teacher.