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Jacob HARPSTER
Ruth SPACE
Husband:  Jacob HARPSTER
Birth:  1819/20, PA
Occupation:  farmer
Marriage:  1 Nov 1838, Lorain Co., OH
Wife:  Ruth SPACE
Birth:  1819/20, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  John SPACE
Mother:  Elizabeth BISSARD
Children:
born in OH:
1.  Elizabeth HARPSTER, b. 1839/40; m. 16 Jul 1859, Medina Co., OH, George W. THATCHER (b. 1832/3, OH)

born Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH:
2.  Jonas / Janus / James HARPSTER, b. 1845/6
3.  Elva Charity HARPSTER, b. 1853/4

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Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Jacob HARPSTER
Spouse: Ruth SPACE
Marriage: 01 Nov 1838, Lorain, Ohio
Source: Marriage Records, 1824-1932. Ohio. Probate Court (Lorain County)
George W. THATCHER
Spouse: Elizabeth HARPSTER
Marriage: 16 Jul 1859, Medina Co., OH
Source: Marriage Records, 1818-1965. Ohio. Probate Court (Medina County)

2.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3-4 of 8; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 OH Medina Co. Spencer Twp. Roll 412 pp. 176A-177B Ln. 2 Jacob Harpster 000 010 - 100 010 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Jacob (b. 1819/20)
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = Elizabeth (b. 1839/40)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Ruth (b. 1819/20)
1 person employed in agriculture
Listed one line below Daniel HARPSTER.

3.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 32):  Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH, Roll M432_709, p. 425B, 1644/1650, enumerated 10 Sep 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Jacob Harpster 30 M   Farmer 600 Penn
Ruth 30 F       Do
Elizabeth 10 F       O
Jonas  4 M       Do

4.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #6 of 27):  Centerville P.O., Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH, Roll M653_1007, p. 93A, PN 141, 1068/1058, enumerated 24 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Jacob Harpston 42 M   Farmer 2850 1344 Pa
Ruth 40 F         "
Charity  6 F         O
Janus/James 14 M         "
Geo Thatcher 27 M        240 NY
Elizabeth 20 F         O
The placement of James after Elva Charity may indicate he is not Jacob's son.  Or is he Jonas and is there no significance to his placement?

5.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 24):  Lodi P.O., Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH, Roll M593_1241, p. 412A, PN 9, 79/84, enumerated 5 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Harpster Jacob 52 M W Farmer 4500 500 Pennsylvania
________ Elva 16 F W Keeping House     Ohio
________ James 24 M W Farmer     Ohio
The repeated placement of James after Elva Charity reinforces that he is not Jacob's son.  Or is he Jonas and is there no significance to his placement?

6.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 19):  Spencer Twp., Medina Co., OH, Roll T9_1047, p. 403C, PN 11, SD 6, ED 198, enumerated 9 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 10 11 13 21 24 25 26
98 108 Arbogast Andrew W M 23   /   Farmer   PA PA PA
    ________ Elva W F 26 Wife /   Keeping House   OH OH OH
    Stroup M W M  7 Step-son       / OH PA OH
    Harpster Jacob W M 65 F in Law   W works on farm   PA PA PA
Andrew is Elva's second husband; "M." is the son of Elva's first husband.

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