Moving right along with researching the Edward Freestone (b 1855) and Margaret Jane Kippen (b 1888) family now to the 1920 US Census.
Source: 1920 U.S. Census, Davis County, Utah, population schedule, Bountiful, Davis, Utah, enumeration district (ED) 50, SD 7, Sheet 17B, dwelling 356, family 360, Edward Freestone Household lines 79-81; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : downloaded 25 April 2013).
- Only Edward and Margaret’s daughter Jenny is living at home in 1920. I don’t have any marriage or death information for her in my database, so I’ll have to see what I can find out about her.
- Not only does this census support the date of 1878 for Edward’s immigration, it also gives his naturalization year as 1892. That will narrow down my search!
- According to Merriam-Webster dictionary ::: TRUCK FARM: a farm devoted to the production of vegetables for the market. That’s interesting. So Edward grew vegetables. Some of the other farmers on this page of the census are also “truck farmers” while others are “fruit farmers.”
Utah, Davis, Bountiful
22 Jan 1920
SD 7, ED 50, Sheet 17 B
Farm, Dwelling 356, Family 360
Line 79. Freestone, Edward. Head, Owned, Free. Male, White, 64, Married, Immigrated in 1878, Naturalized in 1892. Can read, can write. POB: England, English. Father POB: England, English. Mother POB: England, English. Can speak English. Farmer, Truck Farmer, own account, farm schedule #84.
Line 80. —–, Margaret. Wife, Female, White, 60, Married. Can read, can write. POB: Utah, English. Father POB: Scotland, Scotch. Mother POB: Scotland, Scotch. Can speak English.
Line 81. —–, Jenny. Daughter, Female, White, 22, Single. Can read, can write. POB: Utah, English. Father POB: England, English. Mother POB: Utah, English. Can speak English.
Have I mentioned how much I love newspapers?!? Well, I do. I love the type of information that gets published. I love the wording and the spellings. I love what they found important and what was left out. It’s just fascinating to me.
Source: University of Utah, “James Kippen Called,” obituary, Davis County Clipper, 18 August 1911, Death Notice for James Kippen, page 1; online images, Utah Digital Newspapers (digitalnewspapers.org : downloaded 25 April 2013), Davis County Clipper, 1892-1978; Clipper Publishing Company. Lists his children and gives some biographical information.
I did a search in the Utah Digital Newspapers collection, specifically in the Davis County Clipper, for the exact phrase “Edward Freestone.” His father-in-law’s obituary came up because his daughter (Edward’s wife) was listed as Mrs. Edward Freestone. All the other sisters were listed with their own first names, except her. I happen to know her name is Margaret, but still…what is that all about? Also, James’ wife’s name is not listed…only that he had a wife!
We learn a few interesting things from this obituary:
- James Kippen was the oldest man in Davis County when he died – aged 92.
- James was born in Scotland (I wish that was more specific) and moved to Utah (Territory) in 1848.
- He served an LDS mission to Scotland in 1878. I wonder if there is more information to be found, perhaps ship manifests or mission records.
- One of his daughters a Mrs. Lizzie Anderson was living in Los Angeles. His son, Edward, is listed in another newspaper article as having traveled to California, so now I wonder if that may have been to visit his sister.
JAMES KIPPEN CALLED
Pioneer Settler of Bountiful Died
Tuesday in Ninety-Second Year
…Oldest Man in Davis County.
James Kippen passed away at
his home in West Bountiful at
10:40 o’clock Tuesday morning
of old age being in his ninety-
second year. He had been bed-
fast since the first of the year.
He was born in Scotland but
emigrated to Utah in 1848. He
remained in Salt Lake City for a
while after coming to the valley
and worked at his trade as mason
but moved to Bountiful in 1849.
He was the oldest man in Davis
county at the time of his death
It was in his native land that
he joined the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and
in the spring of 1878 he left for
Scotland where he filled a two
He is survived by a wife and
five sons and two daughters.
They are: Joseph Kippen of
Bountiful, James Kippen of Por-
terville, Duncan Kippen of Salt
Lake City, Robert and George
Kippen, Mrs. Edward Freestone
of Bountiful and Mrs. Lizzie An
derson of Los Angeles. They
burried [sic] two daughters, Mrs.
Katie Cooper and Miss Jennie
He has about fourteen living
Deceased was always a very
ernest Latter-day Saint having
worked in the Temple the last
fifteen years of his life.
Funeral services will be held
in the West Bountiful meeting
house, Sunday, at 2 p.m.
I know I should be using a research log. all. the. time.
But, I don’t.
I am going to try, however.
First, on paper
As I’ve been researching the Edward Freestone (b. 1855) and Margaret Jane Kippen (b. 1860) family I’ve been keeping notes. Just some hand written notes on paper so I can see what I’ve done and think about where I need to go from here.
I keep my “US Research Checklist” in mind. I should probably print it out and makes notes on it, but I think its enough to just refer to it and make notes myself.
Then, on the computer
I’ve then been adding my notes into RootsMagic Research Manager:
I should probably add the source citations to this Research Log. As you can see from the screenshot above, I’m not very thorough with notes, but I figure, at least its recorded.
I’ve seen people have elaborate research logs and I’m just not sure that the time needed to keep those maintained is for me. But, I know I’ll need to do some more research on other types and fields. It would be really nice if I could change or add some fields into RootsMagic’s log. I know I could use Excel or some other program, I just like having everything all together in the same program.