Spooky Records from the Census Collection

Ancestry.com Unearths Spooky Records From Largest Online Census Collection

There Is Quite a Cast of Halloween Characters Lurking in the U.S. and UK Census Collections on Ancestry.com

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 24 — Looking for invitees for this year’s Halloween party? For a spooky selection, look no further than the U.S. and UK census collections on Ancestry.com. As the world’s largest online family history resource, Ancestry.com is the only source for the complete digitized and indexed U.S. Federal Census collection from 1790 to 1930 and England and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1901. Ancestry.com has done some digging through its vast historical records databases and found the following ghoulish individuals buried in the website’s extensive U.S. and UK census collections:

  • Ida Witch, a 13-year-old from Illinois, and her mother, Alla Witch, found in the 1920 U.S. census.  Mary A. Witch and Edwin Witch, a chemist’s apprentice, found in the 1851 England census. 
  • Frank and Fannie Frankenstein of Los Angeles found in the 1930 U.S. census living just down the street from the Blood family and possibly related to Jacob and Sarah Frankenstein found in the 1851 England census.
  • Jacob Monster found in the 1910 U.S. census 
  • Vampire family including Jean, Otto, George and Mary Vampire, found in the 1870 U.S. census 
  • Devil family from Minneapolis, Minnesota, including William A., Louis, Mary and Anna Devil, found in the 1930 U.S. census 
  • Emma Ghost of South Dakota found in the 1910 and 1920 U.S. censuses, possibly a distant relative of Mary A. Ghost found in the 1851 England census
  • Pumpkin family of California including Mazzie, Joe and Aurie Pumpkin, found in the 1930 U.S. census 
  • Loyal Blood of Alabama and Memory Blood of Arkansas, apparently no relation, both listed in 1930 census 
  • Zombie family of Rhode Island including Anna, Antoinxette and Mary Zombie, found in the 1930 U.S. census 
  • Brothers John and Clarence Goblin of Charlotte, North Carolina, found in the 1930 U.S. census 
  • Young Ada Ghoul of Washington, D.C., found in the 1880 U.S. census 
  • Mary A. Bat and the Bat family both listed in the 1851 England census, apparently no relation. 
  • John Ashlin Skelton found in the 1851 England census.

For some chilling entertainment, you may also be interested in inviting people from the 1880 U.S. census and 1881 England census with some haunting occupations:

  • Professional Wizards: Harbidge Seaman from 1880 U.S. census and Henry Norman, Louis Harty Fowler and Gustave Reticke from the 1881 England census 
  • The Queen’s Magician and Wizard of the Wicked World: John Holden from the 1881 England census 
  • Witch: Ellen Hannan from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Witch doctor: Lafayette Springs from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Hag: Lizzie Isom from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Undertakers: Columbus A. Marble and Robert Hole from 1880 U.S. census and Gains A. Stone from the 1881 England census 
  • Grave diggers: George Holloman and Frederick Skelton from the 1881 England census and Gregory Pitts from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Fortune tellers: Mayes Family from 1880 U.S. census and Rebecca Smith from the 1881 England census 
  • Gypsy fortune tellers: Gertrude Hazelgrove from the 1881 England census 
  • Circus clowns: Robb Hunting and Jasper N. Rentfrow from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Musical clowns: Henry Frank and Henry Wm. Garto from the 1881 England census 
  • Jesters: Robert Burton, Henry Crowhurst and Edmund Curtis Owen from the 1881 England census and Augustus B. Osgood from 1880 U.S. census
  • Magicians: Levi Pike, Louis Morgenstern and Jim Goose from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Candy man: Frank G. Grimley from 1880 U.S. census 
  • Candy shop confectioner: Ann Jackson from the 1881 England census

“Family history creates deep emotional connections with your roots, but it can also be playful and fun, providing interesting trivia from the past,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO, MyFamily.com, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com. “These intriguing Halloween anecdotes found in our census data are great examples of the out-of-the-ordinary information you can learn from historical records, giving you a unique insight into the lives of your ancestors.”

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