Joseph Wade Scott and Nancy Jain Gilpin were my great-great grandparents. My “madness” comes from trying to find this family in 1860.
According to his death certificate, Joseph Wade Scott was born in April of 1834 in Kentucky to Andrew Scott and Elizabeth Wade. Andrew Scott is listed in the tax lists for Russell County, Kentucky for every year from 1826 to 1838 with the exception of 1830, 32 and 34. Andrew is listed along with his family in the 1840 and 1850 Russell County census records. Andrew continued to be listed in the tax records for Russell County through 1855 when I believe he died.
Elizabeth Scott and Joseph Scott both are listed in the 1856 – 1858 tax records. Joseph was 24 years old when he showed up in his first tax records. 1858 is the last year for tax lists on the microfilm until 1875.
On Nov. 12, 1857, Joseph Scott married Nancy Jain Gilpin in Casey County, Kentucky.
In 1860, Elizabeth Scott is found with 4 of her children in the Russell County census. Nancy’s father is living with her brother, William, and his family in Casey County.
But where are Joseph and Nancy Jain? Joseph Scott is listed in the 1860 Casey County tax list, however, he owned no land. This is the only year that Joseph is listed in the Casey County records. I have searched census records for Russell County and Casey County, as well as Tennessee and Ohio in general. Based on possible listings I found in the Ancestry Civil War Soldiers Records collection, I also searched Kosciusko Co, Indiana and Cumberland Co, Illinois. (I ordered the service records for the most likely civil war soldier and ruled him out.) Joseph is not listed in the Russell County militia lists for this time period either. He is not found in the 1890 special census for veterans for Russell County or Casey County, so perhaps he did not serve.
Joseph and Nancy’s first child was born around 1860. She died in Russell County on June 19, 1941. No date of birth is given on her death certificate, but her age is listed as 81 years, 6 days. The 6 days seems pretty specific to me, so I have her date of birth potentially set at June 13, 1860. There is a family tree on Ancestry that lists her place of birth as Casey County, so that’s the area I have been searching, but I have not personally confirmed the date or location. If she was born in 1860 in Casey County and Joseph Scott was in the tax records for Casey County for 1860, it would seem that he should be in the Casey County census records. I have spent significant time searching the Casey County census and have not found the family. (I believe I have done an every page search, but I usually indicate that in my notes.)
The family can be found in the 1870 census for Casey County.
In the 1880 census, 2 of Joseph and Nancy’s 9 children have their birth location as Indiana, while every other member of the family was born in Kentucky. These 2 children were born in 1865 and 1868, which leads me to believe the family spent at least a few years at least. I have not been able to locate specific birth records for either of these children.
Joseph passed away in Russell County in 1914. I have other records for this family, but I’ve included the records that seem to be the most helpful for finding this family in 1860. I have searched for the 1860 census for this family for many years. I would love to finally put this in the “solved” file!