Once I sink my teeth into a project, I stick with it. After NOT locating Audie in the 1940 census, I thought I would see if the 1930 census was available. THE 1930 CENSUS SEARCH
Unfortunately, the census seems to be available in bits and pieces through a lot of different sources. You can even pay money to the Mormons (http://www.ancestry.com
) and access their records. They have it all digitized. But this sticks in my craw a bit. I mean, this is a public record and should be available for free. And to have to pay the Church of the Latter Day Saints money to get to records that were paid for with tax payers money ... well, no disrespect to them but it makes me angry.
So after an entire day of searching, I found an obscure file at the National Archives in their "Open Library" section. I'm not sure how I found it but there it was. Not all Texas counties are available but fortunately, Hunt County was.1930 MURPHY RECORD LOCATED
I noticed on some earlier searches at a few of the "pay per view" sites (like Ancestry.com) that Emmett Murphy and Josie Murphy, were listed for Precinct 2, Hunt County. Another site said that Precinct 2, Hunt County was recorded with enumerated data (ED) records ED 116-14, 116-15, 116-16, and 116-17. Celeste was ED 116-13 but not part of Precinct 2.
I hit the jackpot on ED 116-15, page 5A (which is the 11th sheet), dated April 11, 1930. Lines 89-96 listed the Murphy information or record number 110.MURPHY DATA
The recorded names for the Murphy record were...
Murphy, Emmett (41); Josie (38), Corrine (19); Charlie (17); June (11); Audie (6); Richard (4 years, 2/12 months); and Eugene (1 year, 9 months).
Other information included that the family rented (no rent amount was given), lived on a farm, did not own a radio, that Emmett was 20 years old and Josie was 16 when they were married, that June was the only child to attend school sometime since September 1939; that Emmett, Josie, Corrine, Charlie, and June could read and write; that Emmett and Josie were general farm laborers; that Emmitt and Josie worked the day before they were canvassed for the census; and that Emmett was not a veteran. SUMMARY
So what does all this mean? The data for both the 1930 and the 1940 census provide a very revealing glimpse into this family's life. I cannot even begin to imagine how they managed to survive. Also, if you do the math on Audie, he will be 7 in two more months. Hmmm ... that means he was born in 1923. So now we have a bigger mystery on the age thing. As far as his age is concerned, I am absolutely convinced NOW that we will never EVER know for sure. I still give more credence to Audie's documented statements that he lied about his age so he could enlist, his very small stature when he did enlist, and his 1970 driver's license BUT acknowledge that all of the collective evidence is confusing and inconclusive. This will be a topic that people will argue about for as long as we are discussing Audie (hopefully, a long long time).SOURCE INFORMATION Source: http://archive.org/details/texascensus00reel2359Volume:
Reel 2359. Howard EDs 114-1 to 114-6, 114-9, 114-7 to 114-8 Hudspeth EDs 115-1 to 115-4 Hunt EDs 116-1 to 116-21Call number:
49775832Reel Access URL: http://archive.org/stream/texascensus00 ... 3/mode/1up
I have a PDF copy of the page with the Murphy census data posted to the Library / 1930s folder.