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Joseph HOVIS
Mary C. STROUP
Husband:  Joseph HOVIS
Birth:  May 1850, NC
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Adam HOVIS (1803- ) George B.3, George B.2, Tobias Frederick1
Mother:  Lanie C. SENTER (c1815- )
Marriage:  17 Nov 1870
Wife:  Mary C. STROUP
Birth:  1841/2 or Aug 1845?, Gaston Co., NC 1850: æ 2; 1860: æ 18; 1870: æ 25; 1880: æ 35; 1900: æ 54; 1910: æ 65
Occupation:  homemaker
Father said to beSolomon STROUP
Mother said to beNancy HASKINS, b. 1799

Mary's age varies widely in the censuses.  Only if she is the oldest age given was she born early enough to be Nancy's daughter; otherwise, Nancy was too old to be her mother.

Children born in East Dallas Twp., Gaston Co., NC:
1.  William "Willie" HOVIS, b. May 1871
2.  Julia HOVIS, b. 1873/4
3.  George HOVIS, b. Jul 1876
4.  Minnie HOVIS, b. May 1878
5.  Nancy E. "Nannie" HOVIS, b. 1881/2
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, North Carolina

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Joseph HOVIS
Birth: 1839, Catawba, North Carolina
Father: Adam HOVIS; Mother: Lanie C. CENTER
Marriage: 17 Nov 1870
Spouse: Mary STROUP
Source: patron submission

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #16 of 27):  East Dallas Twp., Gaston Co., NC, Roll T9_964, p. 145A, PN 17, SD 3, ED 90, enumerated 11 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 13 24 25 26
139 143 Hovis Joseph W M 30   / Farmer NC NC NC
    _____ Mary W F 35 Wife / Housekeeping NC NC NC
    _____ Willie W M  8 Son     NC NC NC
    _____ Julia W F  6 Dau     NC NC NC
    _____ George W M  4 Son     NC NC NC
    _____ Minnie W F  2 Dau     NC NC NC

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 34):  Dallas Twp., Dallas Pct. No. 1, Gaston Co., NC, Roll T623_1196, p. 90A, SN 2, SD 8, ED 78, enumerated 6 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 22 23 24 25 27 28
21 21 Hovis Joseph Head W M May 1850 50 M 29     NC NC NC Farmer Y Y Y R F 13
    _____ Mary Wife W F Aug 1845 54 M 29 5 5 NC NC NC   Y Y Y      
    _____ William Son W M May 1871 49 Wd       NC NC NC Farm Laborer Y Y Y      
    _____ George Son W M Jul 1876 23 S       NC NC NC Farm Laborer Y Y Y      
    _____ Minnie Dau W F May 1878 22 S       NC NC NC Farm Laborer Y Y Y      
Listed next to Mary's widowed sister-in-law, Martha (BYRD) STROUP.

5.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #39 of 49):  W Tuckasegee Road, Town of Alexis, Dallas Twp., Gaston Co., NC, Roll T624_1112, p. 138A, SN 20A, SD 1, ED 56, enumerated 3 May 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  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 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29
* 363 366 Hovis Joseph Head M W 59 M1 39     NC NC NC Eng Farmer General Farmer Emp     Y Y O F F 4
    _____ Mary Wife F W 65 M1 39 5 5 NC NC NC Eng None         Y Y        
    _____ George Juli??x Son M W 34 S       NC NC NC Eng Laberor Home Farm W N 0 Y Y        
    _____ W?ll Son M W 38 S       NC NC NC Eng Laberor Home Farm W N 0 Y Y        
*W Tuckasegee Road
 

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