Carroll County, Illinois 1850 Federal Census
(Written by Bob Moser)
For the 1850 census another township, Carroll, appears in addition to the one named Mount Carroll. It appears that the taker just abbreviated Mt. Carroll to Carroll, this is done even today when referring to the town of Mt. Carroll, however, the pages labeled Carroll were handled separately in the published census and grouped at the back. I have found at least one family that begins at the bottom of a page in the Mt. Carroll area and several of the children are many pages away at the top of a page in the Carroll portion. That this was ONE family was confirmed by a descendant.
As I understand the process, the census was recorded in the field on
individual sheets that were later assembled into books and the pages numbered.
Mt. Carroll township sheets were labeled Mt. Carroll, or in some cases just
Carroll Township. This appears to have confused the assembly process and pages
391a through 396b at the back of the book consist of sheets labeled Carroll
Township that are actually pages that should have been included with Mt. Carroll
Township. I have reviewed the families on these pages and found several
instances where part of the family appears in the Mt. Carroll pages and the
balance in the Carroll pages! In addition, the pages 391a through 396b appear to
be out of order to some degree.