|Population Record, 1890-92,|
Western State Penitentiary
The census records seem to show that Stewart maintained a rather normal, routine life:
- 1900 - oil well driller living in McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
- 1910 - oil driller living in McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
- 1920 - driller for an oil well company in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Decade after decade, it looks like Stewart's life didn't change. And if the 1890 census had survived, it most likely would have showed again that Stewart was a well driller. I base this assumption on a different type of census record: the one shown at the right that was created by the Western State Penitentiary. It provides many details, including his occupation and his crime of murder. Yes, Stewart Cherry's life shows that a lot can happen in between censuses.
Newspapers from 1891 show that Stewart was arrested for murder, found guilty, and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He claimed self-defense. Stewart was released at the end of May 1900 after serving almost 9 years of his sentence (just a few days before the 1900 census was taken). His normal-looking life from census records turned out to be far from ordinary.
You never know what interesting events and facts you may find about your ancestors.
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