Sunday, July 15, 2007

1870 Itawamba County Federal Census Book Available

The society is offering a limited number of 1870 Itawamba County Federal Census books for sale. This 155-page book, edited by Gwen Platt during 1982 features a transcript of the entire 1870 Itawamba County Federal census and is fully indexed. The book features a forward containing Itawamba County historical information and detailed information relating to the 1870 Federal census. Also included is a list of abbreviations used in the census. This census book is 81/2 x 11 inches, softbound.

Earlier this year the estate of Gwen Platt in Florida donated 14 of these new census books to the society. The cost of the census book is $20 postpaid and may be ordered from the society at: PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the operation of the Gaither Spradling Library. Only 14 copies are available for sale. The society operates the Gaither Spradling Library solely from membership dues and donations and the facilities are open free of charge to the researching public.


Anonymous said...

Bob, do you know if this book includes many of the households that are missing from the 1870 census found online at Several families from the eastern side of the county are missing, which includes most of my Robinsons and affiliated families. I've done a page-by-page lookup online of the 1870 census and they are simply not there. How wonderful if they are included in this book!

Bob Franks said...

Mona, I checked the index of the book and there is only one Robinson listing (Arthur Robinson family). However, there are several Roberson families (Coleman, Riley, Rob E., Henry, John). I wonder, living close to the Alabama state line, if they were simply missed by the enumerators in both MS and AL?

Anonymous said...

Bob, thanks for checking. I'm afraid that is what may have happened. I've looked in Alabama, Tishomingo County, and Monroe County, but they are not there. What a wealth of lost information!

Devin Gardner said...


I have the Gardner family listed in Itawamba in the 1860 census, but they are in Hamilton, Tx in 1880 census. Does the 1870 census show a John M. Gardner (b.1792) along with his family, Thomas C, Clarrisa? They were all together in the 1860 census. There was also Richmond B. who had already moved but had three children by 1870: George W. John W. and Sarah M. I would like to know if I am to purchase a copy. Otherwise I have no need for it :)