Census Sunday – The Bahle’s in 1880

It’s fun (for me, anyway) to look at the same point in history and see where two branches of your family are. I have previously looked at the Lowry’s in 1880 and just last night discovered the 1880 U.S. Census for Jacob Bahle’s family. Lowry and Bahle are both paternal surnames. My great grandfather Charles Lowry married Mary Pepperney, whose mother was a Bahle. The Bahle’s are an  interesting family, and I’ve discovered quite a bit about them recently.
In 1880, the Bahle’s lived in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Today we know of this as Pittsburgh’s North Side but before 1907, Allegheny was a separate city. While I think they resided on Iten Street (or something similar, see the middle of the ‘N’ in the map below), the street name is unclear on the several census sheets it appears. To further complicate things, upon annexation, many Allegheny streets were renamed because of duplicate names used by Pittsburgh. Based on the names of surrounding streets, examining a 1876 map and comparing it to today’s Google Map, I presume they lived in the East Allegheny, or Deutschtown.
1876 map of Allegheny city’s 7th Ward (Source). To see where this is today, click here
For the residents of this street, the census sheet lists birthplaces of Bavaria, Hesse, Prussia and Werttemburg. In the late 1800’s, these were all Germanic kingdoms or duchy’s. Jacob was working in a cotton mill, which is an interesting occupation for Pittsburgh where steel and iron production ruled. While wife Henrietta maintained the home, elder sons George and John were unemployed and looking for work. The younger children were either in school or stayed at home with mom.
The 1880 Census sheet for Jacob Bahle and his family. Click to enlarge.
Finding these records isn’t as easy as you might assume. I had a rough sense that the Bahle’s were living in Pittsburgh in 1880, but wasn’t sure where. A simple last name search turned up nothing. While I’ve manually searched census records for places like Leetonia and Salem, the 1880 Census determined Pittsburgh to be a city of 156,389. After about an hour of using more advanced search techniques (wildcat searches!) on a few different genealogy sites, I found them and discovered by they weren’t easy to find. The enumerator spelled their last name B-A-L-I instead of B-A-H-L-E.

Relationship to me:
Jacob Bahle (1832 – 1908)
father of:
Mary Anna Bahle (1877 -1935)
mother of:
Mary Margaret Pepperney (1902 – 1980)
mother of:
Charles James Lowry (1924 – 2007)
father of:
Patrick Edward Lowry
father of:
Joseph Patrick Lowry

State: Pittsburgh
County: Allegheny
Town: Allegheny City (annexed by Pittsburgh in 1907)
Page No.: 44
Supervisor’s District: 9
Enumeration District: 24
Dwelling: 305
Family No.: 426
Address: 22 (illegible)

Bali, Jacob White, Male, Age 48 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Head of household. Married. Occupation: works in a cotton mill. Born in Werttemburg, Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Werttemburg.
— , Henrietta. White, Female, Age 37 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Wife. Married. Occupation: keeping house. Born in Pennsylvania, Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Werttemburg.
— , George. White, Male, Age 19 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Occupation: laborer. Number of months this person has been unemployed in Census Year: (checked). Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , John. White, Male, Age 17 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Occupation: laborer. Number of months this person has been unemployed in Census Year: (checked). Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.

— , Jacob. White, Male, Age 17 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Occupation: at school. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Anna. White, Female, Age 10 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Daughter, Single. Occupation: at school. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Joseph. White, Male, Age 8 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Mary. White, Female, Age 3 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Daughter, Single. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.
— , Andrew. White, Male, Age 1 at last birthday before June 1, 1880. Son. Single. Born in Pennsylvania. Father born in Werttemburg, Mother born in Pennsylvania.

Sources:
1880 U.S. census, Allegheny, Pennsylvania population schedule, Allegheny, enumeration district (ED) 24, page 44 (penned), dwelling 305, family 426, Jacob Bali; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 February 2013); NARA microfilm Roll 1087.

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One thought on “Census Sunday – The Bahle’s in 1880

  1. Trying to find ancestry of my wife’s grandfather George Bahle who died in 1903 and buried in St Mary Cemetery, Troy Hill. Grandmother was Sarah Toner. From your data, Jacob’s son George fits the time frame

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