Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

What the 1910 Census reveals about the Deedy family

The Deedy household in Worcester has grown by 1910 to include four children and a couple of surprise family members. Unlike in the 1900 census, by 1910 the family is spelling its last name as Deedy. More on the spelling change coming in a future post.
1910 United State Federal Census

Address: 109 South Harding Street

Deedy, Edward, 38
--- , Johanna, 37
--- , Justin D., 9
--- , John G., 8
--- , Louise, 4
--- , Elizabeth, 2
--- , William B., 26
Fitzgerald, John, 23

William B. Deedy gives his relationship to head of house as "Brother"
John Fitzgerald gives his relationship to head of house as "Nephew"

Edward and Johanna have been married for 10 years
Johanna has given birth to 4 children - all surviving

Edward immigrated in 1894 and is a naturalized citizen
Johanna immigrated in 1892
William B. immigrated in 1902 and is a naturalized citizen
John Fitzgerald immigrated in 1907 is a "Pa" (not sure what that means)

Edward's occupation is "Brewery Worker" in "Brewery"
William B.'s occupation is "Brewery Worker" in "Brewery"
John Fitzgerald's occupation is "Teamster" in "Wholesale House(?)"

The family is living in a rented home
William B. Deedy and John Fitzgerald came as a surprise to me. William B. is obviously the brother of Edward Deedy. But whose nephew is John Fitzgerald - Edward's or Johanna's? At least Edward and nephew John appear to be union men (likely William B. is as well). Edward's union card from his Brewery job can be found discussed here. I will need to do some more research to see if I can uncover what it meant to be a union member in the early 1900's.


1 Responses to “What the 1910 Census reveals about the Deedy family”

  1. # Anonymous Jane

    Just looked up the Immigration codes for the 1910 census.

    PA=First Papers Filed

    So John Fitzgerald has indicated to the census taker that he is in the process of acquiring citizenship.

    The 1910 instruction sheet advises census takers:

    Whether naturalized or alien. The instructions state that “This question applies only to foreign-born males 21 years of age and over. It does not apply to females, to foreign-born minors, or to any male born in the United States. If the person was born abroad, but has become a full citizen, either by taking out second or final papers of naturalization or through the naturalization of his parents while he was under the age of 21 years, write ‘Na’ (for naturalized). If he has declared his intention to become an American citizen and has taken out his ‘first papers,’ write ‘Pa’ (for papers). If he has taken no steps toward becoming an American citizen, write ‘Al’ (for alien).”

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