Sunday, January 13, 2013

Census Sunday: PROFFITT in 1920

Well, it has been one year since my last Census Sunday post. I know, crazy, right? Well, there's no time like the present to get back on the blogging wagon. This post features the family of my great-grandmother, Hassie Cora Proffitt, in 1920. Hassie is the mother of  my paternal grandmother. In 1920, we find Hassie with her parents and siblings in Gage, Ellis, Oklahoma.

1920 U.S. census, Ellis County, Oklahoma, population schedule, Rock Township, Gage, enumeration district (ED) 65, sheet 3A, dwelling 48, family 53, Wm. H. Proffitt household; digital images, ( : accessed 13 January 2013); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1463.

This family is always fun to track through the census records because Hassie's father, William Harmon Proffitt, was a Methodist minister. This means the family moved around a lot as he was appointed at different churches. Ellis County is in northwest Oklahoma on the New Mexico border. The family was living on Walnut Street. William H. Proffitt, was a 48-year-old Methodist Episcopal pastor born in Tennessee. His, wife, Emmer, was age 44 and born in North Carolina. The children, all except the oldest born in Oklahoma, were as follows:
  • Foster N. Proffitt, age 21, born in Tennessee, railroad laborer
  • James G. Proffitt, age 18, teacher at a country school
  • Goldie Proffitt, age 17
  • John W. Proffitt, age 16, newsboy
  • Cathrine Proffitt, age 13
  • Hassie Proffitt, age 11
  • Bessie Proffitt, age 7
I decided to see if I could find any information on the United Methodist church in Gage, Oklahoma, or if I could find a street view on Google Maps for Walnut St. Sure enough, when I put in Walnut St. at Google Maps, a picture of the Methodist church appeared.

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Then I decided to see if I could find the Methodist church in Mannford, Creek, Oklahoma, where the family was found in 1930 in northeastern Oklahoma. It is kind of hidden by the trees, but you can still see it. 

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