Slowly but surely making my way back in time with the Joe & Vilate Ranson family…now in the 1920 US census. This time four children are living at home ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.
1920 U.S. Census, Rich County, Utah, population schedule, Randolph Precinct, Randolph Town, enumeration district (ED) SD 1, ED 93, sheet 6A, dwelling 101, family 108, Joseph H. Ranson household; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : downloaded 28 July 2014).
1920 US Census
Utah, Rich County, Randolph Precinct, Randolph Town
SD 1, ED 93, Sheet 6A
13 January 1920
Lines 39-44. 3rd East Street
Farm. Dwelling 101, Family 108
Line 39. Ranson, Joseph H. Head, Male, White, 34, Married, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: England, English. Mother POB: England, English. Can speak English. Manager, Telephone Co, worker.
Line 40. —–, Vilate E. Wife, Female, White, 36, Married, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: England, English. Mother POB: Missouri. Can speak English.
Line 41. —–, Ervie. Son, Male, White, 14, Single, attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Line 42. —–, Zentha. Daughter, Female, White, 13, Single, attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Line 43. —–, William A. Son, Male, White, 10, Single, attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Line 44. —–, Robert. Son, Male, White, 5, Single. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Randolph, Utah is a tiny little town. At the time of the 1920 US census there were 758 people living there. According to Wikipedia there were 464 people living there.
Here’s the Google Maps view of the town of Randolph, with the marker at 3rd East Street where the Ranson’s were living.
And here’s the street view at that location. The census doesn’t give me a house (in this case Farm) number so I’m not sure where along this street they lived. At the time there were only 5 families living on that street. Today, it would appear that it doesn’t look much different!
Now, moving back in time to the 1930 census we find a son, Robert – age 15, living at home with them.
1930 U.S. Census, Ogden City, population schedule, Ogden City, Precinct 52, 5th Ward, enumeration district (ED) ED 29-56, SD 1, sheet 1A, household 29, family 29, Joseph H. Ranson household; digital images, Family Search (familysearch.org : downloaded 28 July 2014); NARA.
1930 US Census
Utah, Weber County, Ogden City, Precinct 52, 5th Ward
ED 29-56, SD 1, Sheet 1A
3 April 1930
Lines 25-27. Gramercy Avenue 2765
Household 29, Family 29
Own, $3500, radio, not a farm.
Line 25. Ranson, Joseph H. Head, Male, White, 44, Married, 19 years old when married. Didn’t attend school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: England. Mother POB: England. Can speak English. Electrician, Railroad Shops, worker. Employed, not a veteran.
Line 26. —–, Valate E. Wife, Female, White, 46, Married, 21 years old when married. Didn’t attend school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Illinois. Mother POB: New York. Can speak English, not employed.
Line 27. —–, Robert. Son, Male, White, 15, Single. Attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English, not employed.
The family is still living at the same home that they were living in in 1940. Interestingly, while the property value is listed as $3500 in this census, it was listed for $3000 10 years later in the 1940 census. I guess that speaks to the effect the Great Depression had on housing values.
I went to the Family History Library yesterday to do some research on the RANSON line but had this marriage license look-up in my RootsMagic to-do list. Since I was there, I thought I might as well pull up the microfilm.
William and Ada Rose, about 1905
William Taylor (b 1871) and Ada Rose Taylor (b. 1872) – yes they have the same last name, they are 1st cousins once removed – were married on 3 September 1890 in Logan, Utah Territory. Their marriage license was registered in Weber County since they were both from that county.
Weber County, Utah, “Marriage Licenses 1887-1946″: certificate no. 493, issued 30 Aug 1890, William Taylor and Ada Rose Taylor, certified 3 Sept 1890; FHL microfilm 1324660.
The People of the Territory of Utah County of Weber
To any Person legally authorized to solemnize Marriage Greeting.
You are hereby Authorized to join in
Mr. William Taylor of Harrisville
in the County of Weber and Territory of Utah
of the age of nineteen years and Miss Ada Rose Taylor
of Harrisville in the County of Weber and
Territory of Utah of the age of eighteen years the father
of said William Taylor having given his consent to said Marriage
Witness my hand as Clerk of the Probate Court and the seal of said Court
this 30th day of August, A.D. 1890
[signed] Daniel Hamer, Clerk of the Probate Court
By ____ Deputy.
Territory of Utah,
County of Cache
Thereby certify that on the Third day of September in the year of our Lord one
Thousand eight hundred and Ninety at Logan
in said County, the undersigned an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
did join in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony according to the laws of this Territory William Taylor
of the County of Weber Territory of Utah and Ada Rose Taylor
Of the County of Weber Territory of Utah.
[signed] William Taylor [signed] Ada Rose Taylor
In the Presence of [witnesses]
M.W. Merrill (Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
I can now add William and Ada’s signatures to my stash. I’m planning on making a signature family tree so this will help. I love seeing the handwriting of the people of researching!
I’m not sure what the marriage age restrictions were at the time and why William’s father had to give permission for the marriage. 19 and 18 years old is young, so that might be why…some additional research is needed on that.
According to FamilySearch they were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on 3 Sept 1890 so I assume that is where they were married civilly as well (if it was like my sealing they just signed the certificate and then were sealed).
I’m prepping for a trip to the Family History Library tomorrow and was collecting all the information I already have about the Joseph & Vilate Ranson family and, more importantly, what I don’t have.
In these searches, I came across Joseph’s WWI Draft Registration Card. I love that it includes his signature! It’s amazing to consider that he signed this paper nearly 100 years ago! I also love the way they list his physical description…he could really be anyone, it’s not very specific!
Order Number: 139 Joseph Hyrum Ranson
Randolf, Rich, U[tah]
DOB: April 27, 1885
White, Native Born
Electrician – Utah & Wyo. Tel. Co.
Nearest Relative [Spouse]:
Vilate Elizabeth Ranson
Randolph, Rich U[tah]
Signed: Joseph Hyrum Ranson
Hair: Dark Brown
Date of Registration: 9/12/1918
“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital images, Family Search (FamilySearch.org : downloaded 28 July 2014), Joseph Hyrum Ranson, draft registration; citing GS Film Number: 001983887, Digital Folder Number: 005243490, Image Number 03121.
Why, its the study of the Lund's, of course! I am jumping in to researching our family history and seeing where it takes me. We are the Lund's. We come from Lund's, Ranson's, DeMacedo's, Lima's, Anderson's, Warner's, Ferreira's, Da Silva's and beyond! Since my own side of the family is from Brazil, it is quite difficult to track things down. Troy's side, on the other hand, has proven to be much easier. So, I'll be jumping back and forth and all around to learn about where we come from.
Are you related to us? I'd love to learn more about you and share what I know about our common ancestors!