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The Census record of 1880 shows that Andre(w) Jerome and his family were the only people living in what is now called Hill Township of Kittson County. Andre, his wife, two daughters and seven sons were the total population of the township. I do not believe it had yet been name Hill Township at that point in time because it was named after James J. Hill (Railroad Baron) who later ended up owning seven or eight sections.
Andre was listed as 53 and his wife 49. He was actually about 43. The children listed were Margaret age 25, B. John age 24, Alexander age 23, Andrew and Martin, twins, age 21, Napoleon age 18, Samuel age 15, Roger age 12 and Angelic age 9. None of the children had been married at this point. The Census indicated that every one but Andrew could read and write English.
The Census asked the location of birth of each individual as well as the birth location of their mother and father. Andre’s father was shown as being born in France. Every other answer was shown as Minnesota which was incorrect. Andre and his wife were born in Canada as was Andre’s mother and both his wife’s parents. All the children except Angelic (Minnesota) were born in North Dakota. They should have shown that their parents were born in Canada. This is just one example of how the information in a Census cannot be taken as factual. Who knows the reason for the error. Perhaps the census taker was just lazy or made an assumption. Perhaps Andre did not wish to admit he and his wife were born it Canada as it might have caused him problems. At the time this census was made Andre has already applied for homestead rights to the property he lived on. Other records show he obtained the patent rights to this land on August 15th, 1884.
Since it took five years, he must have first applied August 15th, 1879. At the time of the census of June 1st 1880 he had already been on the land for fourteen months. He could have lived there for some time prior to making application for homestead rights but so far I have been unable to find any record. This 1880 Census record certainly substantiates that he was the first settler in Hill Township
May I respectfully point out that had you taken the time to read all the information carefully you would have appreciated I obtained the dates and names from the 1880 Census. If there were any errors they were created by the census taker or by the Andre Jerome family that provided the information. In addition I refer you to the first sentence I wrote on this topic, "In every family it seems certain information is questioned or disputed. Each bit of information should have a source to support it." I did not create this web page in order to become the "whipping boy" for the Jerome family members who cannot agree on their family history.
The Jerome Family Group on this web page is an excellent forum to discuss the disagreements of the Jerome Family and at the same time provide the correct details along with copies of the source of the facts. If anyone disagrees with the information posted, let them submit their facts, supported by their source. I have personaly spent a number of hours talking with Ed Merck and with Ed Jerome and I found each of them to be proud members of the Jerome family. Each of them has gathered an amazing amount of family history that is supported by source evidence. I have found them both to be honest and intelligent men who wish to establish all the facts. There are many hundreds of members involved in the Jerome family and many thousands of facts to be delt with. The Jerome family should be very proud to have these two men who have spent countless hours gathering together the family records. They agree on at least ninty percent of the story. Lets deal with the remaining ten percent item by item. Any family would be proud to have just one man called Ed that devoted a good part of their life to gathering the Jerome history. The two Eds have Jerome blood flowing in their veins and they are both on the same quest. The rest of the Jeromes need to appreicate the work these two men have accomplished and stop taking sides. Lets all work together to help establish any questionable information. I would be proud to be a member of the Jerome family who have contributed so much to the history of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, North Dakota and Minnesota.