Unmarried Son as Head of Household #general


Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

S. Harris <jewishgen@juno.com> wrote:

Any idea the parents (ages 46 and 42) would be living with the youngest
of their five children (age 16) in a home headed by their oldest
unmarried son (age 25) in 1910? The father was employed as a shoemaker,
the adult son as a pool room clerk.
Is it a census return that says the son was "head of household"?
It might be a mistake to attribute too much significance to this.
I don't know what was the official definition of "head of household"
in 1910, and it's possible that the census taker and/or those being
interviewed didn't either, or didn't apply the definition properly. It
could just be that the census taker happened to interview the son, and so
everything was described >from his point of view.

Robert Israel israel@math.ubc.ca
Vancouver, BC, Canada


S. Harris <jewishgen@...>
 

Any idea the parents (ages 46 and 42) would be living with the youngest
of their five children (age 16) in a home headed by their oldest
unmarried son (age 25) in 1910? The father was employed as a shoemaker,
the adult son as a pool room clerk.

Economics?

In 1920, the father was the head of household, the youngest son, the
youngest son's wife and her nephew were living with the family as was the
oldest son who at 35 was still unmarried. The father was still a
shoemaker, the oldest son was a telephone clerk and the youngest son a
plumbing clerk.

Stacy Harris
Nashville


Avrum Lapin <avrum113@...>
 

Any idea the parents (ages 46 and 42) would be living with the youngest
of their five children (age 16) in a home headed by their oldest
unmarried son (age 25) in 1910? The father was employed as a shoemaker,
the adult son as a pool room clerk.

Economics?

In 1920, the father was the head of household, the youngest son, the
youngest son's wife and her nephew were living with the family as was the
oldest son who at 35 was still unmarried. The father was still a
shoemaker, the oldest son was a telephone clerk and the youngest son a
plumbing clerk.
Presumably this is a census question. My best guess is a
misunderstanding between the enumerator and the respondent.

Today in the eyes of the IRS the son could be considered the head of
the household if he is the major income producer
--
Avrum Lapin, of Upland, CA
avrum113@earthlink.net

Researching:
LAPIN Grodno
LAPUNSKI Grodno,Indura and Sokolka
KATZ,Abraham Bialystok and Sokolka
LUBELSKY Bialystok
RODIN Winnipeg and Gomel