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Orlando B. HOSKINS
Rachael Penfield BEERS
Husband:  Orlando B. HOSKINS / HASKINS
Birth:  Aug 1833, Greenwich, Washington Co., NY
Death;  16 Dec 1901, Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA
Occupation:  miller, oil man, grocer, landlord
Father:  Thomas HOSKINS
Mother:  Lucretia BARTLETT

Most secondary sources show Orlando born in Stillwater, NY, but while his parents did live in Stillwater, Saratoga Co., NY, before they were married, they were in Greenwich certainly by the 1830 census and are said to have married in Greenwich in 1824.

Marriage:  13 Jun 1860
Wife:  Rachael Penfield BEERS
Birth:  29 Feb 1836, Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT
Death:  21 Mar 1917, Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA
Father:  Capt. Abel BEERS (1790-1874), born and died in Fairfield Co., CT
Mother:  Lucretia DIMON (1796-1873), born and died in Fairfield Co., CT

Some secondary sources have Rachael born in Baltimore, MD, but there's no indication of her being born there.  Through five censuses, Rachael consistently gives her birthplace as CT.  Nor is it logical for Rachael to have been born in MD because her parents were born in and died in Fairfield Co., CT.

Children born in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT:
1.  Robert Dimon HOSKINS, b. 3 Oct 1861; bap. 25 May 1863, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI; d. 3 Jan 1946, Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND; three children including Henrietta "Etta" HOSKINS (b. Mar 1890, ND)
2.  George Gillespie HOSKINS, b. 4 Nov 1864; d. 31 Jan 1865

Orlando & Rachael are said to have lived in Fairfield the first five years of their marriage, then to have moved to Tacoma, WA.  The censuses show they did not move to Tacoma until after the 1880 census, nor do I believe they ever "lived" in CT.  If they had, Robert would have been baptized in CT, not in MI.  It appears that Rachael went back to CT to be with her mother when birthing her children, which is not an unusual thing for a daughter to do, especially a prosperous one who could afford to travel.

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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Orlando HASKINS (æ 17, b. NY) is living in Scio, Washtenaw Co., MI, with his parents (q.v.).  Rachael P. BEERS (æ 14, b. CT) is living in Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT (p. 25A), with her parents, Abel BEERS (æ 60, b. CT) and Lucretia (æ 52, b. CT).

2.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 21):  East Windsor P.O., Windsor Twp., Eaton Co., MI, Roll M653_542, p. 600, PN 100, 820/778, enumerated 20 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Orlando Haskins 26 M   Miller   300 Mich
Rachael D   " 24 F         Conn
Catherine Miny 20 F   Domestic     Germany

3.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #47 of 54):  "Families and Single men Boarding at the Crittenden House [Hotel]," Titusville P.O., Titusville (Ward 4), Crawford Co., PA, Roll M593_1331, p. 712A, PN 47, 245/300, enumerated 5 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Haskins Orlando 35 M W Oil Producer 20,000 10,000 New York
_______ Rachael P 33 F W With Husband     Connecticut
_______ Robert D  7 M W At School     Connecticut

4.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #9 of 23):  Borough of Millerstown, Butler Co., PA, Roll T9_1109, p. 567A, PN 9, SD 10, ED 26, enumerated 4 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 10 13 24 25 26
94 Haskins Olendo W M 46   / Retail grocer NY NY NY
  _______ Rachel W F 44 Wife / Keeping house CT CT CT
Plus four boarders not extracted.

5.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

6.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #14 of 35):  934 C Street, Tacoma City (Ward 3, 2nd Pct.), Pierce Co., WA, Roll T623_1748, p. 38B, SN 7, SD 1, ED 169, enumerated 8 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  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 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27
* 934 96 175 Hoskins Orlando Head W M Aug 1833 66 M 40     NY NY CT Landlord 0   Y Y Y R H
      _______ Rachel Wife W F Feb 1836 64 M 40 2 1 CT CT CT Keeping House     Y Y Y    
      _______ Robert Son W M Oct 1861 38 M 16     CT NY CT       Y Y Y    
      _______ Etta G-Dau W F Mar 1890 10 S       SD NY CT At School   9 Y Y Y    
*C Street

7.  1910

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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