buttonblgrey_fdllogo.jpg (3089 bytes) 1847 TERRITORIAL CENSUS
ALTO TOWNSHIP
Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
  
 

 

 

The 1847 Wisconsin territorial census recorded heads of household, number of males, number of females, and total individuals in the household on December 1, 1847. The census taker was Morgan L. Noble, although Fond du Lac County census results were returned to the Secretary of the Territory by S. S. N. Fuller, who signed as census taker. For the town of Alto in Fond du Lac County, 193 males and 145 females were identified, for a total population of 338. These records were originally compiled in 1979 by Jean R. Rentmeister in "Wisconsin Territorial Census for Fond du Lac County, 1838, 1842, and 1847," available in the Historical Society Library pamphlet collection in Madison (Call No. 82-2397). Micro-film of the original records is also available at the Historical Society library (Call No. 1847-1).

As illustrated, the records were hand written and in many cases are open to interpretation. The following table offers a fresh reading from the microfilm records at the State Historical Society library in Madison and notes comparisons to the Rentmeister compilation. An attempt is made to record entries as written, even when an entry is apparently in error. In cases where names are exceptionally difficult to read, graphics of the original entry are included. Likely names based on other records for the town are included where there are probable candidates. Names with hyperlinks have associated commentaries on the Alto errata and genealogical information page.

Entries are offered in the order in which they were recorded, because the census-taking sequence provides clues about where individuals actually lived (for an illustration, see Fairwater 1853). In general, it appears that the census taker for 1847 began in the southeastern corner of Alto near Waupun, traveled west to Fairwater, trended north and east from there, and concluded in the northeastern corner near Brandon. Select Alphabetical Page for an alphabetical listing of entries.

NAMES M F TOT RENTMEISTER POSSIBLY ACTUAL ENTRY
Wm Glendening 5 4 9 Wm Glendenning W. Glendenning  
Henry Hillyer 3 2 5 Henry Hillyer Hilyer  
Willard Barris 2 1 3 Willard Barris Harris  
W. B. Boothe 2 1 3 W. B. Boothe Walter B. Booth  
Chas. Spoor 2 1 3 Chas. Spoor    
Martin Geides 3 2 5 Martin Geides    
___ Green 3 3 6 Israel Green Israel Green
M. L. Twing 2 1 3 M. L. Twing Thwing  
D. C. Hopkink 3 2 5 D. C. Hopkirk  :
Ralph Twing 4 1 5 Ralph Twing R. Thwing  
L. C. Knight 4 4 8 L. C. Knight Knight  
Howard Sanders 1 3 4 Howard Landen H. Sanders  
Henry Kerler 3 6 9 Henry Keiler    
Peter McReady 3 2 5 Peter Mc Ready McCrady  
Milton Talcott 4 1 5 Milton Talcott M. Talcott  
M. C. Cooper 6 2 8 M. C. Cooper Martin Cooper  
Gilbert Talcott 2 3 5 Gilbert Talcott Talcott  
Chas. Hewett 3 1 4 Chas. Hewett    
Geo. Russell 1 1 2 Geo. Russell G. A. Russell  
Pilman Naa 3 1 4 Pitman Naa  
G. M. Pond 5 3 8 G. M. Pond Pond  
M. L. Munson 2 3 5 M. L. Manson (Munson?) Munson
Geo. Rumsey 3 2 5 Geo. Rumsey    
K. M. Moore 2 1 3 K. M. Moore    
Wm. Worden 2 3 5 Wm. Worden William C. Worden  
Herman Worden 1 2 3 Herman Worden    
M. Pratt 1 1 2 M. Pratt    
David Wood 4 1 5 David Wood David Wood  
E. Carpenter 2 1 3 E. Carpenter Carpenter  
Henry Boardman 2 2 4 Henry Boardman Henry Boardman  
C. H. Horton 6 3 9 C. H. Horton    
L. G. Van Doyen 2 4 6 L. G. Van Dozen    
Chas. Smithers 2 3 5 Chas. Smithers Smithers  
M. C. Sexton 2 4 6 M. C. Sexton Sexton  
Wm. Maxwell 3 1 4 Wm. Maxwell    
Wm. Talcott 4 3 7 Wm. Talcott Talcott  
W. Fowler 2 3 5 W. Fowler    
Luther Butts 1 1 2 Luther Butts L. Butts  
Silas Miller 5 1 6 Leta Miller Silas Miller  
A. M. Shoemaker 4 1 5 S. M. Shoemaker    
J. R. Matthews 3 2 5 Jn. Matthews Job Matthews  
J. L. Shergent 2 1 3 J. S. Shergent John L. Sargent  
D. M. Briggs 3 4 7 D. W. Briggs    
M. D. Scheurers 2 5 7 M. D. Scheurus Frederik Derk Schreurs  
Wm. Looman 3 3 6 Wm. Looman Loomans  
J. G. Minck 3 2 5 J. G. Minck Maank  
M. C. Garretson 2 2 4 M. C. Garretson    
J. M. Ketchum 1   1 Jn. Ketchum Ketchum  
E __ Monell 4 2 6 Ed Monell (Morell?)    
G. M. Secksmith 2 2 4 G. W. Secksmith George W. Sexmith  
W. G. Burrows 1 1 2 W. G. Burrows    
Thos. Oliver 3 2 5 Thos. Oliver    
Walter Glendenning 3 1 4 Walter Glendenning W. Glendenning  
Wm. Gittith 3 3 6 Wm Gettett (Gillett?)    
David Adams 2   2 David Adams D. Adams  
T. L. Patterson 2 1 3 T. L. Patterson Patterson  
Alex Glendenning 1 2 3 Alex Glendenning A. Glendenning  
Robt Hooker 2 2 4 Robt Hoaker    
John T. Lerst 1 2 3 John T. Terst Terherst  
Horst Diteman 2   2 Hort (Hors?) Diteman    
Geo. Shepperd 3 2 5 Geo. Shepperd    
M. L. Chester 2 3 5 M. L. Custer Castine  
L. G. Wellhouse 2   2 L. G. Wellhause H. J. or M. Welhuizen  
James Van Epps 3 2 5 James Van Epps    
Dennich Guntherman 2 1 3 Dennich Jenthuman    
G. J. Ransing 2 1 3 G. J. Ramsing    
John Voorhouse 1 2 3 John Noonhause    
Sellis Holindike 2 2 4 Tellis Holindike    
Wm. Hoffenteuger 2 2 4 Wm. Hoffenteuger Willem Hoftijzer  
Mason Bowlan 4 3 7 Mason Bowlan    
F. B. Bowman 2 2 4 A. B. Bowman Francis D. Bowman  
Levi Roberts 3 1 4 Levi Roberts Roberts  
G. D. Pride 5 1 6 C. D. Pride    
C. G. Brown 1 1 2 C. G. Brown C. G. Brown  
Last Updated 5/8/1999

If you have information to share, or other interpretations of the entries, please contact Bob Schuster by email at rmschust@facstaff.wisc.edu or at 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona, Wisconsin 53716, (608) 221-1421.