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Husband:  Simon FOUGHT
Birth:  ca. 1817/8, Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA
Death:  1870-80, Franklin Co., OH
Occupation:  blacksmith
Father:  Jacob FOUGHT

Simon's birthdate is said to be 11 Jan 1809, but that doesn't even come close to his ages in the 1850/60/70 censuses.

Marriage:  21 Apr 1839, Franklin Co., OH
Wife:  Sarah Ann WISSINGER
Birth:  3 Mar 1823, MD or PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John WISSINGER
Mother:  Sarah "Sally STITELY
Children born in Franklin Twp., Franklin Co., OH:
  1.  Cathrine FOUGHT, b. 1839
  2?  Joseph FOUGHT, b. 1840
  3.  Josephine FOUGHT, b. 1841/2; m. Mr. JONES
  4.  Sarah Virginia "Jenny" FOUGHT, b. 1842/3
  5.  Simon J. FOUGHT, b. 1845/6/7/8
  6.  William F./L. FOUGHT, b. 1850/1
  7.  John L. FOUGHT, b. 1852/3
  8.  Franklin Gibson "Frank" FOUGHT, b. 1854/5
  9.  George Wilson FOUGHT, b. 11 May 1856; d. 1890, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH
10.  Charles Francis FOUGHT, b. 1856/7 

Joseph is probably the result of enumerator error in the 1850 census, where he should have been enumerated as Josephine.

George Wilson FOUGHT is said to be the son of Reuben & Angeline (WISSINGER) UPDEGRAFF, the wife of which couple is our subject's sister-in-law, but all evidence points to George being a son of our subject.  George is living with our subject in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses, and he is surnamed as our subject, not in any form of UPDEGRAFF.  While Reuben UPDEGRAFF did die in the 1860s leaving his wife a widow in 1870, he was alive for the 1860 census, and George was not living in Reuben's household in 1860, which surely he would have been as a four-year-old child.  The only child in Reuben's household in 1860 was his son, Vanlean UPDEGRAFF (b. 1854), and this son is living with Reuben's widow in the 1870 Census.  In the 1880 census of the household of widow Sarah (WISSINGER) FOUGHT, George is labeled as her "son," not as her "nephew" or "step-son."  Also in the 1880 census, George's father's birthplace is given as "PA" and his mother's as "MD."  Those are the birthplaces of Simon & Sarah, not of Reuben & Angeline, who were both born in OH.


1a.  Anon.  1966.  Marriage Index:  Ohio, 1789-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-400):
Fought, Simon Whitton, Sarah Ann 21 Apr 1839 Franklin Co.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Spouse: Sarah Ann WHISTON
Marriage: 21 Apr 1839, Franklin, Ohio
Source: Marriage Records, 1803-1951. Ohio. Probate Court (Franklin County)

2a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):
1840 Fought, Simeon OH Franklin Co. Columbus 1st Ward p. 210
Simon & Sarah were married in 1839 in Franklin Co., so we would expect Simon to appear in the 1840 census of Franklin Co. as head-of-household, but he does not.  Simon & Sarah have to be living with someone.  The only FOUGHT in Franklin Co., OH, is Simeon FOUGHT, who is the right age to be Simon's uncle (Simon's father died in 1837).  Is Simeon FOUGHT their uncle and are they living with him in 1840?

2b.  1840 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #17-18 of 22; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 OH Franklin Co. City of Columbus 1st Ward p. 210 Simean Fought 010 320 010 - 200 200 000 100 0003000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 5-9 1830-1835
3 males 15-19 1820-1825
2 males 20-29 1810-1820 = Simon (b. 1817/8)
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = Simeon
2 females 4 or under 1835-1840 = Cathrine (b. 1839)
2 females 15-19 1820-1825 = Sarah (b. 1823)
1 female 70-79 1760-1770 = mother? mother-in-law? 
3 persons engaged in manufactures and trades
Simeon appears to be a widower; the elderly woman is likely his mother or mother-in-law.  There is room for Simon, Sarah, and Cathrine in the household.

3.  1850 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #46  of 66):  2nd Ward, Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, p. 347B, 267/320, enumerated 21 Sep 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Simon Fought 30 M Blacksmith 5000 Pa
Sarah    " 26 F     Md
Cathrine " 11 F     Ohio
Joseph   " 10 M     "
Sarah V  "  6 F     "
Simon J  "  4 M     "
Wm F     "  1 M     "
Has the enumerator erred?  Is "Joseph" actually "Josephine"?  If not, where is Josephine?

4.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #56 of 119):  Columbus (Ward 5), Franklin Co., OH, p. 257B, PN 56, 507/510, enumerated 30 Jun 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Simon Ford 45 M   Farmer 800 50 Penna
Sarah 33 F         Maryland
Josephene 18 F         Ohio
Virginia 16 F         Do
Simon 14 M         Do
William 10 M         Do
John  8 M         Do
Franklin  5 M         Do
George  3 M         Do
James Miller 54 W   Labourer     Virginia
This enumerator appears to have put "W" in the gender column for the widows and widowers.

5.  1870 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #44 of 67):  Columbus P.O., Seventh Ward, City of Columbus, Franklin Co., OH, p. 339B, enumerated 9 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1870:  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 7 9 10 15 19
275 340 Fought, Simon 52 M W works for Blacksmith 200 PA   /
    ______, Sarah 42 F W Keeping house   PA    
    ______, Simon J 22 M W At home   OH   /
    ______, William L 19 M W Laborer   OH    
    ______, John L 17 M W At home   OH    
    ______, Frank G 15 M W At School   OH /  
    ______, George W 14 M W At School   OH /  
    ______, Charles F 13 M W At School   OH /  
    Jones, Josephine 27 F W Works in Tailor Shop   OH    
Josephine appears to be their widowed daughter.

6.  1880 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 39):  87 West Court, Columbus (1st Pct. of 1st Ward), Franklin Co., OH, p. 5B, PN 10, SD 5, ED 20, enumerated 4 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 11 13 21 24 25 26
103 103 Fought Sarah W F 56     / Keeping house   MD VA MD
    ______ Jenny W F 36 Daughter /   houswork   OH PA MD
    ______ Simon J W M 34 Son /   nothing regular   OH PA MD
    ______ Frank W M 25 Son /   Boiler maker   OH PA MD
    ______ George U W M 24 Son /   Blacksmith   OH PA MD
    ______ Francis D W M 23 Son /   R R Machine-shop   OH PA MD
    Jamison William W M 18 Grandson /   working in cabinet shop   OH OH OH
    Jamison Nellie W F 13 Grandchild /   goes to school / OH OH OH
    Jamison Charlie W M 10 Grandson /   goes to school / OH OH OH
This census-taker made a mistake with George's middle initial, and he appears to have made one with Francis's, too.  "Francis D." has to be "Francis C.," who has to be "Charles F."  If George were Reuben & Angeline's son, he should have been listed after Francis and should have been labeled "nephew" or, if legally adopted, "step-son," and his parents should have both been born in Ohio, not PA and MD.  I am thoroughly convinced that George is the son of Simon & Sarah, not Reuben & Angeline.

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