One Quick Handwriting Transcription Challenge Every Day-for the genealogist in you
Lemarah Sarah Margaret Essie[?] Mary
If you look at "Daughter" in the line above you will see the "D" looks like the first letter in the last name. I see it as Demarah. Sisters are Margaret, Essie, & Mary. Head of house is Sarah.
At first I thought: Semarah due to the "S" in Sister and Son. But I couldn't find that name (or something close) anywhere, so I tried "L" and thought it might be LeMaire or Lemieux. Then I read the above post noting that the first letter could be a D so perhaps DeMarais or Demarse?I'm not 100% positive about any of these, but if I had to give a "final answer" I would go with DeMarais. :-)
I'm not at all sure of the surname but it "sounds like" the youngest sister Mary brings the name William Apgar to mind ???
Laemasha, Farah, Margaret, Esdie, and Mary
The name really looks like Demarah to me in this census entry. A few posters commented on why the first letter is a "D" and that analysis looks pretty sound. The ladies in the household are:SarahMargaretEssieMaryThat's the end of the commentary based solely on this record by itself.-----------------------------------------------That said...for those who want to know a little more...here's some additional commentary, just because I think it's instructional (grin!). The last name of this family often gets written as Dem(m)ar(r)ah or DeMar(e). It's a French-Canadian family and the last name is actually Desmarais. Two of these ladies came to Chicago, IL where they (and their father whose not enumerated with them in 1900) used the last name DeMar(e). And Tom is right that the name does bring William Apgar to mind. Readers of other blog posts of mine may remember Mary Demar (the youngest child listed here) married a William Apgar in Chicago.That's another story entirely.
The head of the household was 16 year old Sarah who was rearing her 3 younger sisters (11, 8, and 6)??) I don't think that I have ever run across this before. I always thought that until age 21 women were not considered adults. My GGG grandfather was listed as the legal guardian ofthis wife, (my 15 year old GGG granmother) in court papers when her dad died.How did 16 year old Sarah support her 3 young sisters I wonder?