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Isaac Dunn BRUCE
Eleanor TRIMBLE
Husband:  Isaac Dunn BRUCE
Birth:   30 Oct 1813, Knox Co., IN  (probably Bruceville)
Death:  1849/50, Cedar Co., IA
Father:  William BRUCE, s/o William BRUCE & Mary "Polly" LUCAS
Mother:  Sara "Sally" POLK, d/o Charles POLKE & Delilah TYLER
Marriage:  17 Aug 1835, Knox Co., IN
Wife:  Eleanor "Nellie" TRIMBLE
Birth:  1811/12, IN
Death:  aft. 1850 
Father:  James TRIMBLE
Mother:  Sarah HINTON
Children born in Indiana:
1.  Margaret A. BRUCE, b. 1844/5
2.  Mary BRUCE, b. 1847/8
3.  James B. BRUCE, b. Jan 1850

Something's wrong here.  Where are the children born during the first decade of their marriage?  They're not in the 1850 Census with her.  Are they away at school?  Did she lose them all?

Keywords for search engine:  USA, US, United States, Indiana, Iowa

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).
Isaac Dunn BRUCE
Born: 30 Oct 1813; Place: Knox, Indiana
Death: Aft 1840; Place: Cedar, Iowa
Married: Aug 1835
Father: William BRUCE; Mother: Sara "Sally" POLK
Spouse: Hetty TRIMBLE

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
1840 Bruce, Isaac D. IA Cedar Co. 4200001
I haven't a clue what these numbers mean; they are not in the standard format for the Federal Census.  Was this a state census?

3.  Census Mircrofilm Records:  Indiana, 1850 (Broderbund CD-302, Disk 3): District No. 61, Knox Co., IN, p. 169, 200/200, enumerated 29 Jul 1850 (Diana Gale Matthiesen).  This census taker's handwriting is very difficult to read and, yes, he did use "Ia" as the abbreviation for Indiana:
James Foreman  43 M Farmer 1200 Ia
Rachael  36 F     Ky
Sarah I?  18 F     Ia
Catharine S?  16 F     Ia
Elleanor  10 F     Ia
Nelly Bruce  38 F     Ia
Margaret A   5 F     Ia
Mary   2 F     Ia
James B 6/12 M     Ia
Apparently, Nellie has been recently widowed/divorced/deserted and is living with her sister, Rachel (TRIMBLE) FOREMAN.  It is hard to reconcile Rachel being born in KY and Nellie in IN.    The older sister has to be the one born in KY and the younger one in IN because that is the family's migration route (or could they have gone back and forth?).  Rachel could be lying about her age, or the census taker could have made a mistake.  Given the sloppiness of the handwriting, it's easy to believe this census taker was careless.  On the other hand, given James FOREMAN's age, my guess is that Rachel is lying about hers.  I'm just surprised Nelly isn't.  Of course, Rachel may have been the one being interviewed.  <g>

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