Mocavo.com has a database entitled "Carthage College Catalog 1890-1895." I was surprised to notice the name of a probable relative, Edward Rampley, showing as a member of the "Middle and Junior Classes."
|1940 US Census,Walker, Hancock, Illinois, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 810|
Page: 9B, Enumeration District 34-39; digital image, Ancestry.com, 5 March 2014.
However, I wanted to be certain that I had the right person in the college listing. The college catalog appears to leave off the name of the state when the intended residence is in Illinois. There's only one Breckenridge in Illinois--located in Hancock County, Illinois, in the same township where James Edward is living in 1940.
My memory told me there was no other Edward in the time period, but memory can be wrong, so...
I reviewed the other Rampleys in the Breckenridge area who would have been of an age to attend Carthage College in 1894. They were all first cousins of James Edward and are relatively well-documented. There were no other Rampleys with Edward as a middle or first name. The reference to the Edward Rampley in the 1894 college catalog has to be same person as in the 1940 census listing above.
But if James Edward provided the information himself in 1940 (indicated by the "x") how could he mix up attended college with going through the 6th grade? Was the census taker incorrect?
We'll have an answer to that in a future post. Stay tuned.