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Joshua Franklin BRUCE
Husband:  Joshua Franklin BRUCE
Birth:  1816/7, Jay, Essex Co., NY
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Joseph BRUCE
Mother:  Rebecca HOUGHTON
Wife:  Loraine / Lorrain KIMBALL
Birth:  1817/8, NY
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  James KIMBALL
Children born in Jay, Essex Co., NY:
1.  Mary Louisa BRUCE, b. 1841/2; m. Wesley SOUTHMAID
2.  Robert BRUCE, b. 1846/7
3.  Lydia BRUCE, b. 1851/2
4.  Martha "Mattie" BRUCE, b. 1854/5; m. Henry BECKWITH, of Schuyler Falls, NY
5.  Cora E. BRUCE, b. 1857/8; m. C.W. SMITH of Wells, NY
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #51 of 66):  Jay, Essex Co., NY, Roll M432_504, p. 213A, 3025/3099, enumerated 13 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Joseph Bruce 54 M   Farmer 4000  
Rebecca 33 F        
Franklin 33 M   "    
Lorrain 32 F        
Louisa  8 F        
Robert  3 M        
Daniel Hopper 15 M        
Hannah Felt 33 F        
Rebecca should be 53, not 33, not if she's really Franklin's mother.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I even did a page-by-page search of Jay.  Also didn't find J.F.'s father, who should also be in Jay.  Were they missed by the enumerator?  Or did they slip off to Canada for a few years?

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #24-5 of 63):  Whallonsburgh [Whallonsburg] P.O., Jay, Essex Co., NY, Roll M593_936, pp. 122B-123A, PN 24-25, 182/194, enumerated 22 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Bruce J F 54 M W Retired from business 1800 12000 NY
_____ Loraine 52 F W Keeping house     NY
_____ Lydia 18 F W Teaching School     NY
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Bruce Mattie 15 F W at home     NY
_____ Cora 12 F W Attending School     NY
Listed next to Joshua's first cousin, Henry S. BRUCE (son of Joshua's uncle, Jonah BRUCE).

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 8):  Village of Lower Jay, Essex Co., NY, Roll T9_0832, p. 122A, PN 23, SD 7, ED 45, enumerated 20 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 24 25 26
254 234 Bruce J F W M 64     /   Farmer NY VT VT
    _____ Lorain W F 63 Wife   /   Keeping house NY VT MA
    _____ Cora E W F 23 Dau /     At home NY VT VT
    Southm?? Mary ? W F 37 Dau     / At home NY NY NY
Obviously, Cora's parents were born in NY, not VT.  Listed three households from Arby BRUCE (æ 45, b. NY).

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

8.  H.P. Smith.  1885.  History of Essex County [New York].  D. Mason & Co., Publ., Syracuse, NY (online at Ancestry.com).  On p. 717:
Bruce.  The Bruce family is among the first families of Jay.  Their ancestor, Benjamin Bruce, first settled in Jay in 1804.  He was a shoemaker by trade and a soldier of the Revolution.  He died September 11th, 1839, leaving six children:  Joseph, Jonah, Anna, Polie, Phila, and Hannah.  Joseph was married to Rebecca Houghton, a native of Vermont, and the venerable Joshua F. Bruce, of Jay, is her only son.  He married Loraine, daughter of James Kimball; they have four children living: Mary, who is widow of Wesley Southmaid; Robert, a farmer of Essex; Martha, now Mrs. Henry Beckwith, of Schuyler Falls, N.Y.; and Cora, now Mrs. C.W. Smith, of Wells, N.Y.

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