1850 US Census

Benton County, MN



The census for Sauk Rapids District, Benton County, Minnesota Territory was recorded on 18 Sep 1850 by R. M. RICHARDSON. There does not seem to be any other data for Benton County in the 1850 US Census. Images 6-15, on FamilySearch.

The census recorded a population of 418, in 71 dwelling houses. This shows remarkable growth, since the first white settlers arrived in the Spring of 1848. The record has 10 pages, with 42 entries on each page, except the last page, which has 40. See more notes, below the table.


#
house
surname
given
age
birth
date
sex
misc
birth
place
1
1
Gilman
David
39
1811
M
Farmer
NY
2
Gilman
N W
28
1822
F
VT
3
"
Ellen R
1
1849
F
MN
4
Alexander
Mary
34
1816
F
PA
5
Alexander
George S
11
1839
M
"
6
Lawyer
Susan
15
1835
F
"
7
Harrison
William H
12
1838
M
WI
8
Fillmore
Henry G
22
1828
M
none
NY
9
Wooley
Martin
35
1815
M
"
Can
10
Posey
Joseph
25
1825
M
"
"
11
Lezette
John
23
1827
M
"
"
12
Arseneau
Baptiste
25
1825
M
"
"
13
Downey
Archibald
26
1824
M
"
"
14
Richardson
Reuben M
33
1817
M
Powder Maker
OH
15
Bailey
Gabriel
15
1835
M
IL
16
Howard
A P
38
1812
M
none
VT
17
2
Sloan
David T
35
1815
M
Farmer
NY
18
Gilbert
George
26
1824
M
none
"
19
Davis
Charles
25
1825
M
"
Eng
20
3
Chapman
David P
34
1816
M
Farmer
CT
21
Chapman
John T
35
1815
M
none
"
22
Chapman
Alexander M
21
1829
M
"
NY
23
4
Connell
William
26
1824
M
"
Ire
24
Overland
John
30
1820
M
"
"
25
5
Gaines
S I
29
1821
M
"
TN
26
Gaines
Elizabeth
31
1819
F
VA
27
Criswell
Lewis C
6
1844
M
IA
28
6
McGillis
John
44
1806
M
Carpenter
MI
29
"
Charlotte
16
1834
F
MN
30
"
Zanee
14
1836
F
"
31
"
Edward
11
1839
M
"
32
"
Michael
9
1841
M
MI
33
"
Agnes
6
1844
F
"
34
"
Eliza
2
1848
F
MN
35
"
Frances
32
1818
F
"
36
7
Beanfey
Philip
26
1824
M
none
Can
37
Nason
Francis
67
1783
M
"
"
38
Lamay
Edward
20
1830
M
"
"
39
Bosier
John
25
1825
M
"
"
40
Vannoses
Landre
24
1826
M
"
"
41
Stillwell
John
26
1824
M
Carpenter
NY
42
8
Aitken
William A
58
1792
M
Farmer
Scotland
43
Aitken
Roger
23
1827
M
Merchant
MN
44
"
Selion
11
1839
M
"
45
"
Robert
8
1842
M
"
46
"
Edgar
3/10 ?
Jun 1850
M
"
47
"
Julia
13
1837
F
"
48
"
Mamima
6
1844
F
"
49
"
Childe
4
1846
F
"
50
Aitken
"
2
1848
F
"
51
Russell
Robert
27
1823
M
none
Scot
52
Harris
J B
25
1825
M
"
IN
53
9
Roy
Baptiste
38
1812
M
Farmer
MN
54
"
Mary
34
1816
F
MI
55
"
Catharine
14
1836
F
MN
56
"
Joseph
12
1838
M
"
57
"
Mary Ann
10
1840
F
"
58
"
Angelie
7
1843
F
"
59
"
Peter
5
1845
M
"
60
10
Roy
Peter
34
1816
M
Farmer
"
61
"
Margaret
25
1825
F
"
62
"
Frances
9
1841
F
"
63
11
Stewart
Duncan
26
1824
M
none
Scot
64
Brown
Joseph
32
1818
M
Carpenter
NY
65
Hanley
John
27
1823
M
none
OH
66
Munn
S
28
1822
M
"
NY
67
Kent
Lewis (black)
45
1805
M
"
AL
68
12
Green
James
40
1810
M
Farmer
PA
69
"
Isabella
25
1825
F
OR
70
"
Henry E
9
1841
M
Selkirk Col*
71
"
James
4
1846
M
"
72
"
Isabella
1
1849
F
"
73
Porter
Thomas
23
1827
M
Shoe maker
PA
74
13
Sawyer
Henry
22
1828
M
Clerk
NY
75
Kelly
Isaac
22
1828
M
Blacksmith
VT
76
Thomas
James
21
1829
M
Carpenter
ME
77
Fargo
Allen
26
1824
M
none
VT
78
Towell
S B
23
1827
M
"
OH
79
Craig
S S
40
1810
M
"
Scot
80
Vean
Carrel
22
1828
M
"
Can
81
Guay
Felix
24
1826
M
"
"
82
Hamlett
Michael
26
1824
M
"
"
83
Oliver
William
27
1823
M
"
KY
84
Roy
Josette
2
1848
F
MN
85
Burnes
Christopher
27
1823
M
none
Can
86
Oliver
Edward
24
1826
M
"
KY
87
Nicholson
William
22
1828
M
"
PA
88
Nichols
Lewis
33
1817
M
"
WI
89
Hackett
Isaac
33
1817
M
"
ME
90
14
Brurette
Joseph
50
1800
M
"
MI
91
"
Josette S
30
1820
F
Selkirk Col*
92
"
Baptiste
17
1833
M
MN
93
"
Lanelle
15
1835
F
"
94
"
Lewis
12
1838
M
"
95
"
Angelii
8
1842
F
"
96
"
Charlotte
6
1844
M
"
97
"
Joseph
4/10
May 1850
M
"
98
15
"
Francis
24
1826
M
Selkirk*
99
"
Josette
3
1847
F
MN
100
"
Judith
5/10
Apr 1850
F
"
101
16
Dusette
Jerome
36
1814
M
Farmer
Can
102
"
Margaret
36
1814
F
MN
103
"
Edward B
17
1833
M
"
104
"
Lewis
9
1841
M
"
105
"
Mary
7
1843
F
"
106
"
Peter
5
1845
M
"
107
"
Elery
3
1847
F
"
108
"
Susan
2/12
Jul 1850
F
"
109
17
Blair
Antoine
21
1829
M
none
"
110
"
Charlotte
16
1834
F
"
111
"
Josette
4/12
May 1850
F
"
112
18
Ayr
Frederick
46
1804
M
Farmer
MA
113
"
Elizabeth T
47
1803
F
"
114
"
Lyman W
16
1834
M
MN
115
Boots
Elizabeth F
31
1819
F
IN
116
19
Olmstead
S B
37
1813
M
Farmer
NY
117
"
Lacy
36
1814
F
"
118
"
Lafayette
17
1833
M
PA
119
"
Clarissa
12
1838
F
IA
120
"
Esther
6
1844
F
"
121
Harper
Marion
21
1829
M
none
MO
122
Hamilton
J B
51
1799
M
"
Scot
123
Howard
Freedom
47
1803
M
"
NY
124
Stout
John
22
1828
M
"
PA
125
Bliss
S S
30
1820
M
"
VT
126
Handscom
David
22
1828
M
"
ME
127
Edwards
Jonathan
28
1822
M
none
PA
128
Daniels
George
21
1829
M
"
ME
129
Adams
Isaac
23
1827
M
"
MA
130
Moren
P A
28
1822
M
Lumberman
NB
131
Birdsley
George
23
1827
M
"
"
132
Thompson
Keturah
19
1831
F
OH
133
Tesrow
Joseph
26
1824
M
none
MO
134
Catheart
Thomas
23
1827
M
"
PA
135
20
Morrison
Allen
47
1803
M
Farmer
Can
136
"
Mary
18
1832
F
MN
137
"
Charlotte
14
1836
F
in school
"
138
"
Jane
11
1839
F
in school
"
139
"
John G
8
1842
M
in school
"
140
"
Caroline
10
1840
F
in school
"
141
"
Rachel
5
1845
F
in school
"
142
"
Allen
2
1848
M
"
143
Couveiette
Joseph
25
1825
M
none
"
144
Louigain
Eustache
30
1820
M
"
"
145
21
Beaulieu
C H
38
1812
M
Farmer
WI
146
"
Elizabeth
32
1818
F
Can
147
"
Clemar
9
1841
M
in school
MN
148
"
Charles
10
1840
M
in school
"
149
"
Julia
2
1848
F
"
150
"
Henry H
21
1829
M
none
WI
151
22
Beaulieu
Paul
35
1815
M
"
"
152
"
Mariah
27
1823
F
MN
153
"
John
9
1841
M
in school
"
154
"
Clement
7
1843
M
in school
"
155
"
Catharine
5
1845
F
in school
"
156
Besoin
Antoine
25
1825
M
none
Can
157
Pennoit
Antoine
20
1830
M
"
MN
158
Carter
Jaque
50
1800
M
"
Can
159
Fairbanks
George
24
1826
M
Blacksmith
MN
160
"
Margaret
28
1822
F
"
161
"
John
1
1849
M
"
162
23
Rohrer
Daniel
21
1829
M
Clerk
Ark
163
24
Belonger
Joseph
20
1830
M
none
MN
164
"
Augustine
72
1778
M
"
Can
165
"
Henry
7
1843
M
MN
166
"
Lewis
4
1846
M
"
167
"
Josette
10/12
Nov 1849
F
"
168
25
Charette
Charles
30
1820
M
none
Can
169
"
Lesette
26
1824
F
MN
170
"
Lewis
10
1840
M
"
171
"
Francis
6
1844
M
"
172
"
Antoine
2
1848
M
"
173
26
McDonald
Donald
45
1805
M
none
Can
174
"
Jaceat
37
1813
F
MN
175
"
Mary
22
1828
F
"
176
"
Nancy
20
1830
F
"
177
"
Elizabeth
18
1832
F
"
178
"
Catharine
16
1834
F
in school
"
179
"
Margaret
14
1836
F
"
180
"
John
5
1845
M
"
181
"
William
2
1848
M
"
182
Comptions
Joseph
43
1807
M
"
183
"
Joseph
11
1839
M
"
184
"
Jo
9
1841
M
"
185
"
Mary
4
1846
F
"
186
"
Josette
1
1849
F
"
187
"
Margaret
1
1849
F
"
188
27
Belonger
Augustine Jr
44
1806
M
none
"
189
"
Charlotte
36
1814
F
"
190
"
Peter
22
1828
M
none
"
191
"
Henry
20
1830
M
"
192
"
Josette
18
1832
F
"
193
"
Madaline
16
1834
F
"
194
"
Frances
14
1836
F
idiot
"
195
"
Joseph
10
1840
M
"
196
"
Charlotte
8
1842
F
"
197
"
Francis
4
1846
M
"
198
28
Montville
Joseph
45
1805
M
none
"
199
"
Susan
46
1804
F
"
200
"
Antoine
16
1834
M
"
201
29
Smith
Electa
26
1824
F
NY
202
Lyon
J W
26
1824
M
Tinner ?
VA
203
30
St Clair
Henry
30
1820
M
none
Can
204
"
Susan B
20
1830
F
MN
205
"
William
1
1849
M
"
206
"
Mary
2/12
Jul 1850
F
"
207
31
Marond
Lewis
26
1824
M
none
Can
208
"
Madaline
22
1828
F
MN
209
32
Antell
S H
30
1820
M
Carpenter
NJ
210
Bamis
O S
21
1829
M
none
MD
211
Cleveland
D W
18
1832
M
none
NY
212
Dennis
Felix
31
1819
M
"
Can
213
"
Josaphine
25
1825
F
"
214
"
John
1
1849
M
MN
215
Henderson
G M
32
1818
M
Farmer
WI
216
"
Sophia
30
1820
F
"
217
"
John
8
1842
M
"
218
"
George
6
1844
M
"
219
Carr
J B
24
1826
M
none
Can
220
33
Warren
Truman A
24
1826
M
"
MN
221
"
Elizabeth
20
1830
F
"
222
34
Depew
John
34
1816
M
Farmer
OH
223
"
Morris
11
1839
M
"
224
"
Allen
6
1844
M
"
225
"
Mary E
4
1846
F
"
226
"
Catharine
44
1806
F
NY
227
Naylor
Joseph
22
1828
M
none
MN
228
Lagrew
Antoine
26
1824
M
"
Can
229
Beanprey
Aitkin
25
1825
M
"
"
230
Gallien
William
26
1824
M
"
"
231
35
Demarrah
Joseph Sr
40
1810
M
"
MN
232
"
Joseph Jr
12
1838
M
"
233
"
Narses
10
1840
M
"
234
"
Margaret
14
1836
F
"
235
"
Mary
3
1847
F
"
236
36
Bellcore
Baptiste
35
1815
M
none, illit
"
237
"
Taesse
25
1825
F
"
238
37
Amiel
Joseph
21
1829
M
Clerk
Can
239
Bertineau
Charles
25
1825
M
none
Can
240
Bonnell
Augustine
21
1829
M
"
MI
241
Reche
Joseph
30
1820
M
"
Can
242
Deszrlies
Peter
18
1832
M
"
"
243
38
Paul
Alexander
36
1814
M
Farmer
VT
244
"
Mary C
26
1824
F
"
245
"
Harriet A
8
1842
F
IA
246
"
Mary
7
1843
F
"
247
"
Freeman
5
1845
M
"
248
"
Alexander
3
1847
M
WI
249
"
Joseph H
1
1849
M
"
250
Wells
Theadore
28
1822
M
Blacksmith
NY
251
39
Beatty
James
33
1817
M
Farmer
IN
252
Holmes
Thomas A
47
1803
M
none
NY
253
Riley
Francis
32
1818
M
Carpenter
Ire
254
Foy
Sylvester
35
1815
M
"
Ire
255
White
Margaret
26
1824
F
Can
256
Horn
Henry
30
1820
M
Carpenter
Ire
257
Lewis
Benjamin
22
1828
M
mulatto
IN
258
40
Kelly
O H
24
1826
M
Farmer
MA
259
"
Lucy E
19
1831
F
OH
260
Carroll
James
17
1833
M
Farmer
"
261
Sciola
Earll
9
1841
F
"
262
41
Delille
Francis
45
1805
M
Carpenter
Can
263
"
Catharine
30
1820
F
Ire
264
"
Mary
6
1844
F
Can
265
"
Frances
4
1846
F
"
266
"
Isaac
2
1848
M
"
267
"
Agnes
1/12
Aug 1850
F
MN
268
42
Marry
Joseph
40
1810
M
Carpenter
Can
269
"
Dusette
35
1815
F
MN
270
"
Joseph
3
1847
M
"
271
"
Louisa
1
1849
F
"
272
Rachew
Zebidee
9
1841
M
"
273
43
Bellcour
Wester
30
1820
M
none
Can
274
"
Josette
24
1826
F
"
275
"
Margaret
10
1840
F
MN
276
"
Millie
7
1843
F
"
277
"
Eustache
5
1845
M
"
278
"
Pascal
3
1847
M
"
279
"
Cecil
8/12
Jan 1850
F
"
280
44
Turpien
Francis
25
1825
M
none
"
281
"
Mary
22
1828
F
"
282
"
Zebidee
4
1846
M
"
283
"
Mab
1
1849
M
"
284
45
Turpien
Joseph
70
1780
M
none
Can
285
"
Angelie
51
1799
F
"
286
"
Joseph
17
1833
M
none
"
287
"
Lavere
12
1838
M
MN
288
"
Amab
20
1830
M
none
"
289
"
Adaline
15
1835
F
"
290
"
Ellen
3/12
Jun 1850
F
"
291
46
Turpien
Baptiste
28
1822
M
none
"
292
"
Charat
26
1824
F
"
293
"
Baptiste
8
1842
M
"
294
"
Jannane
11
1839
F
"
295
Turpien
Josette
9
1841
F
MN
296
"
Angelic
4
1846
F
"
297
"
Mary A
8/12
Jan 1850
F
"
298
47
Donley
Charles
28
1822
M
Farmer
ME
299
"
Jemima
23
1827
F
"
300
"
Isaac C
5
1845
M
WI
301
"
Mary E
3
1847
F
"
302
48
Crawford
John
43
1807
M
none
NH
303
"
Robt H
7
1843
M
ME
304
"
Rheda
33
1817
F
"
305
"
Anson
5
1845
M
"
306
"
Roena
4
1846
F
"
307
"
Albert
2
1848
M
"
308
49
Crawford
Hiram
44
1806
M
none
NH
309
"
Sarah T
39
1811
F
ME
310
Johnson
Stephen S
7
1843
M
"
311
Heath
Osman
22
1828
M
Carpenter
"
312
50
Tibbotts
Nathan
27
1823
M
none
"
313
"
James W
24
1826
M
"
"
314
"
Joshua A
19
1831
M
"
"
315
51
St Cyr
Joseph
24
1826
M
"
MN
316
"
Van S
25
1825
F
"
317
"
Joseph
50
1800
M
none
Can
318
52
Norbent
Landrew
29
1821
M
"
MN
319
"
Josette
24
1826
F
"
320
"
Julia
7
1843
F
"
321
"
Mary
4
1846
F
"
322
"
David
2
1848
M
"
323
"
Daniel
6/12
Mar 1850
M
"
324
53
Egbert
George
29
1821
M
none
PA
325
Baker
Susan
40
1810
F
ME
326
54
Davis
Christopher
24
1826
M
none
"
327
"
Cloe
19
1831
F
"
328
Holmes
Samuel
37
1813
M
none
VA
329
55
Hoten
Newell
27
1823
M
Farmer
VT
330
"
James
28
1822
M
none
"
331
Gleason
William
16
1834
M
WI
332
56
Tew
G W
21
1829
M
Farmer
NY
333
"
Phebe A
20
1830
F
"
334
"
Clara
3/12
Jun 1850
F
MN
335
57
Lane
Silas
25
1825
M
none
ME
336
McElroy
M
30
1820
M
"
"
337
58
Sturgiss
William
33
1817
M
Farmer
Can
338
"
D J
24
1826
F
VT
339
"
Jenett
6
1844
F
IA
340
"
Jane
4
1846
F
"
341
"
John
6/12
Mar 1850
M
MN
342
Buckingham
T A
19
1831
M
none
MA
343
Sloman
Thomas
30
1820
M
none
Can
344
Defough
James
20
1830
M
"
"
345
Galenah
Bosil
21
1829
M
"
"
346
59
Graves
John M
21
1829
M
Farmer
IL
347
"
Matilda
22
1828
F
IN
348
"
Pamelia
6/12
Mar 1850
F
MN
349
Martin
Mary A
25
1825
F
OH
350
"
Margaret E
4
1846
F
IA
351
60
St Cyr
H
22
1828
M
none
WI
352
"
Jemima
16
1834
F
Can
353
Thompson
Belond
20
1830
M
none
WI
354
St Cyr
Julia
16
1834
F
"
355
Lamay
Fredina
14
1836
F
Can
356
St Cyr
Moses
7
1843
M
IA
357
"
Louiza
5
1845
F
"
358
"
Belond
50
1800
F
Can
359
Thompson
Norris
4
1846
F
WI
360
"
Mary
3/12
Jun 1850
F
"
361
"
Miller
6
1844
F
"
362
61
Hitchens
James
22
1828
M
none
PA
363
Towner
H G
23
1827
M
"
NY
364
Highhouse
Christopher
19
1831
M
"
Ger
365
Potter
Calvin
25
1825
M
Farmer
PA
366
62
McIntire
George
28
1822
M
"
Ire
367
Wilson
George
25
1825
M
Stone mason
PA
368
63
Bellows
Curtis
48
1802
M
Merchant
VT
369
64
Powers
George
22
1828
M
none
WI
370
"
Jemima
22
1828
F
IN
371
"
Strauge
5/12
Apr 1850
F
MN
372
Sloan
Stong G
1
1849
M
"
373
65
White
Asa
30
1820
M
Merchant
PA
374
"
Mary
2
1848
F
WI
375
Bronson
Hiram
20
1830
M
none
VT
376
Summerville
John
39
1811
M
Carpenter
VT
377
Shinvar
Francis
35
1815
M
"
Can
378
Boucett
Shell
22
1828
M
none
WI
379
66
Davis
John
35
1815
M
Merchant
GA
380
67
Sargent
John
43
1807
M
Comb maker
MA
381
68
Marks
Isaac
27
1823
M
Merchant
Russia
382
Sabaff
Augustus
26
1824
M
Carpenter
WI
383
Ream
Lafayette
36
1814
M
none
Can
384
Closson
Michael
22
1828
M
"
Ger
385
Welsh
Theadore
30
1820
M
"
VT
386
69
Tearneay
John
31
1819
M
Baker
Ire
387
Powers
John
24
1826
M
none
WI
388
Bonstell
A E
25
1825
M
Clerk
PA
389
Burman
Daniel
24
1826
M
none
OH
390
Hardin
Thomas
28
1822
M
"
AL
391
70
Russell
Jeremiah
41
1809
M
Merchant
NY
392
"
Suffiah
26
1824
F
WI
393
"
Stanley O
5
1845
M
WI
394
Richard
Clermont
28
1822
M
none
Can
395
Bordeau
Joseph
19
1831
M
"
"
396
"
Antoine
18
1832
M
"
"
397
Durand
Francis
18
1832
M
"
"
398
Perchie
Cecil
27
1823
M
"
"
399
71
Kough
James
34
1816
M
Farmer
Ire
400
Sweet
George W
27
1823
M
Carpenter
CT
401
Luton
Daniel
24
1826
M
"
Can
402
Flin
N P
23
1827
M
"
IN
403
Dudley
Taylor
39
1811
M
Clerk
KY
404
Hughes
E V
24
1826
F
WI
405
"
C E
2
1848
M
WI
406
"
H S A
1
1849
F
WI
407
Kent
John
35
1815
M
Baker
Eng
408
"
Elizabeth
33
1817
F
Eng
409
"
Henry H
7
1843
M
NY
410
"
Elizabeth
6
1844
F
"
411
"
Henrietta
5
1845
F
"
412
"
William
1
1849
M
IL
413
Blackman
Ella
26
1824
F
PA
414
McClure
Baptiste
44
1806
M
none
Can
415
"
Margaret
22
1828
F
MN
416
"
Baptiste
8/12
Jan 1850
M
"
417
Curdenell
Peter
18
1832
M
none
"
418
Knowles
William
28
1822
M
Lumberman
VA

Accuracy is crucial in records like this. Data with a lot of errors is worse than no data. I have tried to transcribe this as accurately as possible, but some errors may remain. If you notice any mistakes, even slight ones, please contact me.

Notes on the data, by column:

# - The entries are numbered from 1 to 418. This is not part of the original record. Shown here because I thought it would be more useful than the separate numbering that appeared on each page of the census.

house - The census allows dwelling houses and families to be enumerated separately, but this census taker has not made a distiction. There are 71 dwelling houses. I have labeled the column "house" instead of "family" since many don't look anything like nuclear families. Most of the houses included several single men, seemingly unrelated.

surname - Some were hard to read, in the original handwriting.

given - The most common names were Joseph (25), John (24), Mary (20).

age - The oldest person in the county was 72, and there were only 3 over 59. The oldest woman was 51. There were 18 children (13 girls, 5 boys) under 1, and their ages in months were recorded. The average age was 20.6, and the median was 22.

birth date - Birthdates are not part of the census. The dates shown are simply the recorded age subtracted from 1850, shown here for your convenience.

sex - There were 275 males, 143 females, almost a 2-to-1 ratio. The females were much younger, with average age 15.6, median 14, compared with the males, with average age 23.2, median 24. Only 60 of the 143 females were 18 or older.

misc - The "occupation" category was combined with other categories that were sparsely marked. Many people have occupation "none," but I think that means that they are unskilled workers. I can't imagine that many 20- and 30-somethings being idle. The "color" was left blank by the census taker, except for one black and one mulatto. Presumably, the rest were considered white. One person was recorded as idiotic - of course that was not meant as an insult, but merely an unfortunate fact. One person was called illiterate, but I don't know why he was singled out - there were surely many others.

birth place - I used 2-letter acronyms for states, although these were not used in 1850. Out of 418, there were 154 born in Minnesota, about 37%. There were 81 people born in foreign countries including 62 born in Canada. (Not including Selkirk.)

* Among the settlers in Sauk Rapids were 5 people born in "Selkirk Col" This refers to the Red River Colony, established in 1811 by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk. Also known as Pembina, it included what is now northwestern Minnesota, northeastern North Dakota, and southern Manitoba.


Updated 25 Oct 2019 by William Haloupek

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