Monday, January 30, 2012

Mystery Monday: How did the Camps become German... and what happened to them?

   In an earlier post, I wrote about the Luxembourger families of Meriden, Connecticut and my suspicions that they had "become" German. A few days ago I decided to test out my theory by looking at the 1880 census, the source that Gonner had cited for his statistics. Using the Ancestry.com census search, I soon stumbled across one Luxembourger family: Nicholas Camp, his wife Katie, and their two children.
     Strangely enough the Camp family's story exactly fit my theory. On the 1880 census, Nicholas, Katie, Annie (their daughter) and Nicholas (their son) are all listed as being from Luxembourg. In 1892, the now 1927 year old Nicholas applies for naturalization and lists his home country as Germany. The 1900 and 1910 census enumerations continue this pattern, although Annie is listed as born in Connecticut on the 1910 census. I lose them after 1910 and haven't made a huge effort to follow them further.
    That left me wondering: what happened to the Camps? And how did they suddenly become German?





a.       1880 U.S. census, New Haven County, Connecticut, population schedule, Meriden, p. 24D, dwelling 183, family 261, Nicholas Camp household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 January 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll unclear. 
b. "U.S. Naturalization record Indexes, 1791-1992," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 January 2012), entry for Nicholas Camp; citing Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906 . 

c.       1900 U.S. census, New Haven County, Connecticut, population schedule, Wallingford, enumeration district (ED) 415,  p. 12A, dwelling 281, family 313, Nicholas P. Camp household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 January 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 147. 
d.   1910 U.S. census, New Haven County, Connecticut, population schedule, Wallingford, enumeration district (ED) 461,  p. 3B, dwelling 40, family 48, Katherine Camp household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 January 2012); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 137.

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