- 1860--a 14 year old, Montevelli (or something like that) Lobb is listed--no relationship
- 1870--a 13 year old Montevelli Harness is listed--no relationship.
- 1880--a 22 year old Montevelli Rampley is listed as an adopted son.
|1860 US Census, Hancock County, Illinois, Walker Township, page 602, |
entry for James Rampley household
|1870 US Census, Hancock County, Illinois, Township 3-8 [Walker Township], page 10,|
[James Rampley household is on two pages, this is last entry of interest on second page of entry.]
|1880 US Census, Hancock County, Illinois, Walker Township, page 27, |
James Rampley household
But as I went back and looked at the entries, I realized that the 1860 entry was significantly different from the last two and there was not just one inconsistency. The 1860 person was aged 14 and born in Hanover and had the last name of "Lobb." The 1870 and 1880 Montevelli would have been 3 or 4 in 1860--listing him as 14 is quite a stretch. And the 1870 and 1880 Montevelli indicated he was born in Illinois. That is significantly different as well. It is always possible that the place of birth was given as Illinois to "make it fit," but the name difference and 1860 birthplace seemed off in a way that was more than reasonable.
And as I looked more at that first name in 1860, I began to wonder if it really was Montevelli at all. If it was a Germanic name, the English speaking census taker could easily have rendered it in a way that makes it difficult to interpret 150 years later.
I decided to take a more detailed look at the 1865 census for James and Elizabeth. And I'm very glad I did. The 1865 Illinois state census (Walker Township) for James Rampley indicated the following numbers of household members:
- 1 male under 10
- 1 male 10-20
- 1 female 10-20
- 2 males 20-30
- 1 male 30-40
- 1 female 50-60
- 1 male 60-70
- 1 female 60-70
- 1 male under 10--??
- 1 male 10-20--probably James Rampley (the son)
- 1 female 10-20--??
- 2 males 20-30--Riley and John Rampley
- 1 male 30-40--probably Thomas Rampley
- 1 female 50-60--??
- 1 male 60-70-James Rampley
- 1 female 60-70--Elizabeth Rampley
At this point, I know less than I did before. The 1870 and 1880 Montevelli has been traced to Oklahoma and New Mexico through 1910. The trail on him dries up after 1910 and I'm assuming he died. At this point, it is not known if he left any descendants or not.
Sometimes a researcher doesn't even realize they are confused until they go back and review everything.