22 December 2013

Rudolph Backus Found In The WWI "Census"

While sorting through Backus's in Michigan I found Rudolph B. Backus on a World War I "Census" - At The Archives of Michigan (from what I remember, participation was voluntary and the results were compiled on index cards).  Since he was born in Russia and our Backus lineage stems from William Backus who was in New England in the mid 1600's, this family is not part of ours.

Backus, Rudolph BridgemanSon of John & Minnie BackusBerrien Co.

Berrien County, Michigan, was where this family was living in 1920:

United States Census, 1920
Name:     Rudolph Backus
Residence:     , Berrien, Michigan
Estimated Birth Year:     1893
Birthplace:     Russia
Relationship to Head of Household:     Son
Marital Status:     Married
Household    Gender    Age
Parent     John Backus     M     61y
Parent     Minnie Backus     F     57y
    Marie Backus     F     21y
    Rhine Backus     M     17y
    Edward Backus     M     15y
      Rudolph Backus     M     27y
    Agusta Backus     M     21y

Rudolph Backus was married with a family and the head of the household in 1930 (he was married in the 1920 census, though he was still living with his parents):

United States Census, 1930
Bridgman, Berrien, Michigan, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head  Rudolph Backus M 38 Russia
Wife Gusta Backus F 34 Russia
Daughter Ruby Backus F 9  Michigan
Daughter Ruth Backus F 6  Michigan
Son Raymond Backus M 5  Michigan
Daughter Roene Backus F 4  Michigan
Daughter Romona Backus F 1 Michigan

Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947
Death Date:  23 Mar 1931
Death Place:  Proviso Township, Cook, Illinois
Birth Date:     20 Jul 1891
Birthplace:     Russia
Father:     John Backus
Father's Birth Place:     Germany
Mother:     Minnie Ott
Mother's Birth Place:     Russia
Occupation:   County Drain Worker
Residence:  Bridgman, Michigan 
Spouse:   Gustie Backus
Burial Place:  Bridgman, Mich.

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