Taking my queue from Randy Seaver's “Census Whacking” series, I've decided to celebrate Easter in a new way. In addition to the more religious symbols, chicks and bunnies are often what we think of as being connected with this spring holiday.
Among some of the interesting names found in the United States Census:
Carry Chick–in 1900 living in Somerville MA, a NH native
Carrie I. Chick–in 1900 living in Madison, Carroll County, New Hampshire
Ima I. Chick–not a New Hampshire native, but cute nonetheless, in 1920 living in Laguna, California
Isreal Chick–as opposed to a fake one? In 1810 living in Hinsdale, Cheshire Co. NH
(Actually Thomas Chick, the immigrant ancestor, was b. abt 1641 in Devon England, and removed to the American Colonies, where he married and died in Kittery, York Co., Maine.)
North Carolina appears to be the most Easterish state… in 1910 I found both an Easter Bunny and an Easter Lilly living there.
And last, but certainly not least….
Am Easter–in 1860 living in Plymouth, Grafton County, NH [I suspect this should be “Ann”, however the census taker clearly wrote “Am”]
Chris Dunham of The Genealogue recently posted his own version of census whacking.
-New Hampshire Census Whacking-