1850 U. S. Federal census, Greene County, Ohio
John M. Carder, head of household, shown as age 24, b. Va. (b. abt. 1826, however other records show his birth year to be 1822 or 1823. 1900 census has Oct. 1822.)
Elis. Carder, age 47 (abt. 1803), Va. Probably John’s mother
Joseph Carder, age 22 (abt. 1828), Va. Probably John’s brother
Caroline Carder, age 20 (abt. 1830), Va. Proven as John’s wife per Greene Co., Oh. marriage records
Amanda Moris, age 18 (abt. 1832), Va.
Stephen Carder, age 12 (abt. 1838), Oh.
Nancy Ann Carder, age 8 (abt. 1842), Oh.
Because women had few rights and consent would be given by the father if he were there and that no father is in the household on the 1850, this indicates to me that the father probably died between the marriages of the older daughters. The mention of the father’s consent on Adaline’s marriage record is the only thing I have ever found mentioning this man’s existence.
John and all of his siblings died prior to Ohio requiring death certificates. This family was poor and illiterate, owned no land, had no wills or estates, and were not listed in the tax records. None of the Carder/Carter/Corder or similar surname variations on the 1840 Greene Co. census match with a wife or children with ages of those on the 1850 census.
Virginia marriage records have been searched for a Carder marrying a woman named Elizabeth in the years prior to 1822 and in 1822.
Any suggestions how to break this brick wall and learn who John M. Carder’s father was?