Thursday, April 17, 2014

Exploratory Data Analysis : Charles Schaeffer (c1853-????)

Charles Schaeffer (c1853-????) was Corinne's materIal 3rd-great grandfather.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about him.

1. Vital Records

     Charles was born circa 1853 in Louisiana1, according to census records.  I believe that he was born in New Orleans to an emigrant German family.

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Without his parents' names and an exact date of birth, it will be difficult to locate any record of his birth.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

                Without an exact location or date of birth, it will be impossible to locate mention of his birth in a local newspaper.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am unaware of any surviving family Bible record for the Schaeffer family. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one can be located.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               Without an exact location or a date of birth, it will be difficult to locate any baptismal record for Charles.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

                There is no indication that Charles was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Charles married Mary Victoria Rieber before 1872, possibly in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.  I have not yet located a copy of their marriage record.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               Once I have an exact date of their marriage, will search out contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of their nuptials.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Both Charles and Mary were deceased before their 25th wedding anniversary.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that Charles and Mary were divorced, though a thorough search of the court records in Vanderburgh County, Indiana needs to be completed. 

     1.3. Death Certificate

          The exact date of Charles' death is unknown, as is his whereabouts after the 1883 murder of his wife.  One possibility was that he remarried and died in Louisville, Kentucky.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               Without an exact date of death, I am unable to search for an obituary for Charles.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Once I have an exact date of death, will search to see if there are funeral home records of his funeral available.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

                Once I have located Charles' final resting place, will attempt to obtain a photograph of his tombstone.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 2, 1880, Charles was enumerated as the head of household in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana1, as Charley Schaeffer, age 27, born in Louisiana. His occupation was listed as a varnisher.  Both his father and mother were born in Germany.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

               On June 17, 1870, Charles was enumerated in the Peter Schaeffer household in the 8th Ward of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio2, as Charles Schaeffer, age 17, born in Louisiana.  His occupation was listed as a varnisher.  Both his father and mother were of foreign birth.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 26, 1860, Charles was enumerated in the Peter Schaeffer household in the 11th Ward of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana3, as Charles Schaeffer, age 7, born in Louisiana.  He had attended school within the year.

     2.2. State Census Records

         The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931.  These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.

          No state census records in Ohio are known to exist.

          There are no state census records in Louisiana during the period they lived there.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          There is no evidence that the Schaeffer family were anything but city dwellers.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          I have not located any records indicating military service for Charles.

     3.2. Pension Records

          Not applicable.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Vanderburgh County, Indiana to see what records might mention Charles.  Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps in Vanderburgh County, Indiana will need to be searched to see what might be relevant to my search for Charles.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available for research on Charles include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

Sources :

1. Charley Schaeffer household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, ED 87, SD 1, page 6, dwelling 57, family 68; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 317, page 452B.
2. Peter Schaeffer household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, 8th Ward, Cincinatti, Hamilton County, Ohio, page 77, dwelling 367, family 648; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1211.
3. 1860 U.S. census, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 11, New Orleans, page 253, dwelling 1795, family 1952; digital images, ( : accessed 17 April 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.

This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.

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