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About Hugh Pribble

Interesting. Have you seen the 1850 and 1860 census records for Ritchie Co? I've always been puzzled by the fact that Hugh and Elizabeth Pribble have 2 distinct (yet overlapping in age) listings of children in each census.

The listing in 1850 is:

Hugh54 Elizabeth P48 Henriettea25 Henry J22 Catherine19 Mary A E17 Hannah15 Nancy13 Elzada11 Artimisia7 Pamelia3 Ulysses17 Thomas15 Alfred12 John11 Frances2

In 1860 it is:

Hugh64 Elizabeth P57 Henrietta34 Catharine30 Elzada20 Artemitia18 Permelia14 Hugh9 Thomas25 Francis M12 Lavina8 Wesley Shrouds15

The question is, why did the census taker list one set of kids and then another in two tieres like that? The explanation I got on the parentage of Ulysses (via oral tradition on a collateral line) is that Ulysses' father was Hugh Pribble but that his mother was a household servant (unnamed) who was sent packing after she had 2 children by Hugh... and that Ulysses was raised by his father and stepmother. But these odd census listings hint that there were far more than 2 children in the home who may not all have the same set of parents.

Another conjecture might be that they somehow "adopted" the children of another family... but, if that's the case, the 2nd family group keeps growing at the same time as the first family group does. So what's that all about? Or maybe there's some bigamy going on here... but, in that case, where's the "other woman"?

The name "Lydia" may be a useful clue! If you find out more... let me know.

Ulysses' marriage records list Elizabeth (Permelia) as his mother.

One other thing I note is that in 1860, Henry J. Pribble (age 32) was living next door to his father. There was a workhand in his household named "Irmi S. Garrison."

This may be stuff you already know... but, in any case, if you have any luck in figuring out who Lydia is... I would be very interested in hearing from you. Catharine and Ulysses are listed in sets 1 and 2 of the children above...and figuring out what the story is there would be of great interest to me.

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Hugh Pribble's Timeline

1798
December 31, 1798
Greene, PA, United States
1820
1820
Age 21
Ritchie?, WVa, United States
1821
1821
Age 22
Ritchie, WVa, United States
1823
June 20, 1823
Age 24
Ritchie, WVa, United States
1825
January 18, 1825
Age 26
Ritchie, WVa, United States
1828
1828
Age 29
Ritchie, WVa, United States
1830
1830
Age 31
Ritchie, WVa, United States
1833
February 14, 1833
Age 34
Cisco, Wood Co., Virginia, USA
1833
Age 34
Ritchie, WVa, United States
1835
1835
Age 36
Ritchie, WVa