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THE 1847 TERRITORIAL CENSUS
TOWN OF METOMEN
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 Metomen in Fond du Lac County, 274 males and 186 females were identified, for a total population of 460. 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). Microfilm 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..

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 vicinity of Brandon (then Bungtown), traveled west to Fairwater, trended north and east from there, and concluded in the Reeds Corners area. Select Alphabetical Page for an alphabetical listing of entries.

NAMES M F TOT RENTMEISTER POSSIBLY ACTUAL ENTRY
R. M. Stanton 3 2 5 R. M. Danton Samuel N. Stanton
J. J. Norris 4 3 7 J. L. Norris Thomas J. Norris  
Jno Rachards 3 4 7 Jno Rachard John Richards
Wm. Fanehouse 3 1 4 Wm. Fanehouse Fainhause  
C. J. Pride 5 1 6 C. J. Pud Ranson W. Pride
Silas Donnely 2 2 4 Silas Donnely Silas Danley  
J. W. Casteen 3 1 4 J. W. Casteen William Castine  
Hastings Harroun 1 5 6 Hastings Harroun Solomon H. Harroun  
James Culverson 6 3 9 James Caliason James D. Culbertson  
Amos Wicks 2 2 4 Aras Wicks  
Russel Filips 2 2 4 Russel Filips Abel R. Philips  
Levi Yorty 4 2 6 Levi Yorty Levi Yorti  
Merrit Danning 2 1 3 Nurrel Danney Danning
O. Birdsall 3 3 6 O. Birdsall Oliver S. Birdsall  
Jas English 3 2 5 Jas English James English  
Benj Munson 1 3 4 Benj Munson Benjamin H. Munson  
F. M. Wicks 3 1 4 F. M. Wicks Frank Wicks  
Chas Travess 2 3 5 Chas Travers    
W. O. Sleeper 1 1 2 W. O. Slaper Woodbridge O. Sleeper  
Wm. Stanton 4 1 5 Wm. Stanton William Stanton  
Jos Collins 1 1 2 Jos Collins Joseph Collins  
Wm. Fletcher 5 1 6 Wm. Fletcher William Fletcher  
J. H. Louks 5 2 7 J. H. Louks    
Jno Elliott 3 1 4 Jno Elliott    
Ezra Schofield 2 3 5 Ezra Schofield    
Wm Miller 10 5 15 Wm. Miller William A. Miller  
J. C. Starbird 2 1 3 J. C. Stanford Starbird
Thos. Love 5 2 7 Thos. Love    
S. Irvin 4 2 6 S. Irwin S. Irwin  
Jacob Mason 4 5 9 Jacob Mason Jacob Mason  
Jacob Carter 6 2 8 Jacob Carler Jacob Carter  
Danl Eggelston 6 2 8 Danl Eggleston Daniel Eggleston  
H. C. Eggsliston 2 2 4 H. C. Eggeliston Carpenter H. Eggleston
E. F. Mansfield 3 2 5 E. F. Musfield Eben F. Mansfield  
Abner Holmes 3 3 6 Abner Holmen Abner Holmes  
Ely French 3 3 6 Ely French Samuel French  
Robt. Johnson 6 3 9 Robt. Johnson    
Thos. Coats 3 1 4 Thos. Coats Thomas Coats  
B. Holmes 5 1 6 B. Holmes    
D. Orvis 6 2 8 D. Orvis    
M. D. Wilson 5 3 8 M. D. Wilson Marmaduke Wilson  
David Newland 6 2 8 David Newland David Newland  
M. G. Roberts 4 1 5 M. C. Roberts    
Wm. Sallsbury 3 2 5 Wm. Leittsburg William Salsbury
Geo Watson 5 1 6 Jno Watson    
Jos. Evans 4 4 8 Jos Evans Joseph Evans  
Thos Harris 5 5 10 Thos Hannis Thomas Harris  
A. McStevens 5 1 6 A. McStevens Andrew McStephens  
David Jenkenson 2 0 2 Daniel Jenkenson David Jenkinson  
Samuel McCassy 8 2 10 Samuel McCary Samuel McAsey
L. A. Patterson 3 1 4 L. A. Patterson    
E. Phillips 1 1 2 E. Phillips Elihu/Elisha Phillips  
L. H. Walker 3 4 7 L. H. Walker Lyman K. Walker  
Samuel Lamb 1 1 2 Samuel Lamb Samuel P. Lamb  
P. Burnham 1 1 2 P. Burnham    
Thos Knapp 1 1 2 Thos. Knapp    
Gilbert Strong 3 1 4 Gilbert Shoey Gilbert Strong
Nick Loun 4 3 7 Nich Lown Nicholas Lour
Alonson Stillwell 2 2 4 Alonson Stillwell Alanson Stilwell  
J. J. Balsey 1 2 3 J. J. Balse John Balsley  
Chas Whitman 3 3 6 Chas. Whitener Charles Whitman  
Geo Goodfellow 1 4 5 Geo Goodfellow George C. Goodfellow  
Peter Hilsey 7 8 15 Peter Halsey Peter Kelsy  
S. W. Marsh 7 2 9 A. W. Mensh Samuel W. Marsh  
Peter Wilsey 5 3 8 Peter Wilsey Peter Wilsey  
D. M. Sallcott 2 3 5 D. W. Laacatt  
Amos Pond 5 4 9 Amos Pond Amos Pond  
Ponner Ceill 4 4 8 Porrei Cull  
Ira Lee 2 4 6 Ira Lee Ira Lee  
A. Sherwood 4 5 9 A. Sherwood Andrew Sherwood  
Curtis Hinley 2 1 3 Curtis Hinley Curtis E. Higley  
M. Hubbell 3 1 4 M. Hubbell    
J. L. Hicks 1 2 3 J. L. Hicks John L. Hicks  
A. C. Robbins 1 1 2 A. C. Robbins Albert C. Robbins  
Franklin Washburn 5 1 6 Franklin Washburn Benjamin F. Washburn  
J__ Depeau 2 5 7 M. Depane James J. Depue
C. J. Wallmane 1 1 2 C. J. Wallmans    
A. Robinson 5 1 6 A.Robinson    
C. J. Allen 4 6 10 C. J. Allen    

Last updated 1/1/99 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.