7/7/1870 South Macon, Macon Co, IL. The census recorded John at 27, Sarah at 20, and they had only one little girl, Ticie, 9 months. John was a farmer.
6/12/1880 Same place. He was a 27 year old farmer and wife Sarah was 30. They had children: Ticie, 10; Benjamin, 6; Augustus, 2; and John's 10 year old brother Charles living there.
6/19/1900 Still there. That year at census time John was listed as a 57 year old farmer, married 33 years to Sarah J, 50, who had birthed 12 children, only 9 of whom still survived. Living with them were: Roy, 17; Daniel, 15; Winnie, 12; Karl M, 10, and Bessie A, 8.
He owned 140 acres in South Macon Co, IL.
The 1880 census taker said he was 27, making his birth year 1853.