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Samuel EXON
Mary Ellen SMITH
Husband:  Samuel EXON
Birth:  1821/2, England
Occupation:  farmer
Brother:  Solomon EXON, b. 1826/7, England
Brother:  William EXON, b. 1830/1, England
Marriage:  20 Feb 1850, Adams Co., IL
Wife:  Mary Ellen SMITH
Birth:  1829/30, IL of Adams Co., IL
Death:  1889, Reeds, Jasper Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 2 Nov 1856, Hancock Co., IL, Andrew Jackson STROUP
Brother apparentlyWilliam B. SMITH
Father:  James Glenn SMITH (1800-1853)
Mother:  Sarah "Sally" CUNDIFF (1797- )
Children born in Adams Co., IL:
1.  James S. EXON, b. 1850/1
2.  Martha E. EXON, b. 1851/2
3.  John EXON, b. 1854/5


1.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
Exon, Samuel Smith, Mary Ellen 20 Feb 1850 Adams

2.  1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #47 of 63):  Town of Ursa, Adams Co., IL, Roll M432_97, p. 320A, 329/337, enumerated 8 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Samuel Exon 28 M   Farmer 1600 England
Mary    " 20 F       Ills
Solomon " 23 M   Farmer   England
William " 19 M   "   "
Solomon and William are almost certainly Samuel's younger brothers.

3.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com, Image #16 of 20):  Warsaw P.O., Rocky Run Twp., Hancock Co., IL, Roll 184 (Book 1), p. 784, PN 523, 3705/3599, enumerated 31 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Andrew J Stroup 36 M   Farmer 2800 500 SC
Mary E      " 30 F         Ills
James S Exon  9 M         "
Martha E  "  8 F         "
Jacob H Stroup  8 M         Georgia
John E     "  5 M         Ills
Nevada C   "  3 F         "
Lane       " 7/12 F         "
Where's John EXON?

4a.  1870 can't find Mary and the others, and I really looked.

4b.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 36):  Quincy P.O., Ursa Twp., Adams Co., IL, Roll M593_187, p. 714A, PN 25, 201/204, enumerated 10 Jun 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Smith William B 48 M W Farmer 10000 5000 Kentucky
_____ Susan 39 F W Keeping house     Ireland
_____ Thomas B 17 M W       Illinois
Hutchins Amanda 22 F W Domestic Servant     "
Exon John 14 M W       "
Buhn Louis 25 M W farm laborer     Hanover
William B. SMITH is almost certainly Mary Ellen's brother.

5.  1880 Census (indexed at FamilySearch.org; page image online at Ancestry.com, Image #7 of 17 John is mis-indexed "Egan"):  Rocky Run Twp., Hancock Co., IL, p. 258C, PN 7, SD 3, ED 179, enumerated 16 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).
2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
63 Exon John M W M 25     / Farmer   IL Eng IL
  Stroup Mary W F 48 Mother   / House keeper   IL KY KY
  Malone Halley W F  9 Niece /     / IL IN IL

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