1830 U.S. Census Records
for Grimshaws as Recorded on Ancestry.com
The website Ancestry.com offers online images of the entry pages of many of the censuses of the U.S., including the 1830 census. The 1830 census has been indexed by “head of household”. A search of the index for “Grimshaw” and “Grinshaw” yielded a total of 7 entries. The Ancestry.com website address for the census search service is shown below.
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Grimshaws Listed in the 1830 U.S. Census
The seven Grimshaw entries are shown in the following table. Three were in Pennsylvania and the other four were in Massachussets, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
Philadelphia, New Market Ward
Images of Grimshaw Entries in the 1830 Census
For each Grimshaw entry in the census, an attempt was made to obtain the associated online image. Images were located for all seven Grimshaw entries and have been posted below. A larger image of the entry is provided first, followed by a more complete portion of the page on which the entry appears. The columns in the census forms are as follows:
Male, <5 yrs
Female, <5 yrs
Males, 5-10 yrs
Females, 5-10 yrs
Males, 10-15 yrs
Females, 10-15 yrs
Males, 15-20 yrs
Females, 15-20 yrs
Males, 20-30 yrs
Females, 20-30 yrs
Males, 30-40 yrs
Females, 30-40 yrs
Males, 40-50 yrs
Females, 40-50 yrs
Males, 50-60 yrs
Females, 50-60 yrs
Males, 60-70 yrs
Females, 60-70 yrs
Males, 70-80 yrs
Females, 70-80 yrs
Males, 80-90 yrs
Females, 80-90 yrs
Males, >100 yrs
Females, >100 yrs
The records for the seven Grimshaws are summarized below with their respective census images.
Henry Grimshaw of Lowell Township, Middlesex County, Massachussets
Henry, age 30 to 40, was living with his wife, 20 to 30, and 10 to 15 year old son and daughter less than five years old.
Hugh Grimshaw of Pilesgrove Township, Salem County, New Jersey
Forty to fifty year old Hugh was living with his wife, 30 to 40, and three sons (one at age 15 to 20 and two 10 to 15) and three daughters, two daughters (5 to 10), and one daughter less than five.
Joseph Grimshaw of Steuben Township, Oneida County, New York
Joseph, 60 to 70 years old, was living with his wife, age 50 to 60, and daughter, age 30 to 40. Also in the home were three sons, ages 20 to 30, 15 to 20 and 10 to 15.
John Grimshaw of Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio
John and his wife, both age 60 to 70, were living with a son (age 15 to 20) and three daughters, two at ages 20 to 30 and one at age 15 to 20.
Jonathan Grimshaw of Green Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Jonathan and his wife were both age 50 to 60 and were living with one son at age 5 to 10. Also in the home were five daughters, one 20 to 30, one 10 to 15, and three between 5 and 10.
William Grimshaw of Philadelphia Township (New Market Ward), Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
William was 40 to 50 years old and was living with four sons, one age 15 to 20, one 10 to 15, and two between 5 and 10. Also in the home were four females, one 20 to 30, two 15 to 20, and one 10 to 15.
William Grimshaw of W. Southwark Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Mr and Mrs William Grimshaw were between 50 and 60 years old and were living with three sons, two between 10 and 15 and one less than five years old. They also had two daughters, both between 10 and 15.
Description of the 1830 U.S. Census
The following description of the census is provided on the Ancestry.com website.
What is the 1830 U.S. Federal Census?
This database details those persons enumerated in the 1830 United States Federal Census, the Fifth Census of the United States. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to the actual images of the 1830 Federal Census, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm, M19, 201 rolls. (If you do not initially find the name on the page that you are linked to, try a few pages forward or backward, as sometimes different pages had the same page number.)
Enumerators of the 1830 census were asked to include the following categories in the census: name of head of household, number of free white males and females in age categories: 0 to 5, 5 to 10, 10 to 15, 15 to 20, 20 to 30, 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 60 to 70, 70 to 80, 80 to 90, 90 to 100, over 100; the name of a slave owner and the number of slaves owned by that person; the number of male and female slaves by age categories; the number of foreigners (not naturalized) in a household; and the number of deaf, dumb and blind persons within a household. The categories allowed Congress to determine persons residing in the United States for collection of taxes and the appropriation of seats in the House of Representatives.
The following rolls of film have not yet been linked to federal census images by Ancestry.com, and thus can not be searched in this linked index, M19: 3, 8, ,24, 27, 70-71, 137, 140, 168, 174-182, 194, 201. They have however been indexed and can be searched in the separate, unlinked, U.S. Federal Census indexes at
U.S. Federal Census index. For details on the contents of the film numbers that have not been linked yet, visit the following N.A.R.A. web page: N.A.R.A.. The linked images for these rolls of film will be made available on Ancestry.com in the near future. This database is certain to prove useful for those seeking early American ancestors.
The United States was the first country to call for a regularly held census. The Constitution required that a census of all “Persons…excluding Indians not taxed” be performed to determine the collection of taxes and the appropriation of seats in the House of Representatives. The first nine censuses from 1790-1870 were organized under the United States Federal Court system. Each district was assigned a U.S. marshal who hired other marshals to administer the census. Governors were responsible for enumeration in territories.
The official enumeration day of the 1830 census was 1 June 1830. All questions asked were supposed to refer to that date. The count was due within six months, but the due date was extended by law to allow completion within twelve months. By 1830, there were a total of twenty-four states in the Union, with Missouri being the latest edition. The new territory of Florida also had its first census in 1830. There are no state or district wide losses, however, there were some countywide losses in Massachusetts, Maryland and Mississippi.
Taken from Chapter 5: Research in Census Records, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Loretto Dennis Szucs; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).
William Dollarhide, The Census Book: A Genealogist’s Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes, Heritage Quest: Bountiful, UT, 2000.
Jackson, Ronald V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. 1830 United States Federal Census. [database on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 1999-. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the 1830 U.S. Federal Decennial Census.1830 United States Federal Census. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1830 Federal Population Census. M19, 201 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
Before the automated search capabilities became available on Ancestry.com, a manual search of printed census indexes was performed, as described on a companion webpage. The results of this search for the 1830 index (and a prior census) are summarized below.
Grimshaw, Joseph HW
Grimshaw, William; Grimshaw, William; Grimshar, Sarah
Dist of Columbia
Grishaw, Sterling H.R.
Grinshaw, Geo.; + 6 more
Grimshaw, Hugh; Grimshaw, Hugh
Grinshad, George W
Several additional Grimshaws appear in this list that were not found in the search of the Ancestry.com database for Grimshaws and Grinshaws.
Webpage posted February 2004. Updated August 2004.