Why do I get so excited about these small things? Shouldn’t it be enough to know my Missouri ancestors were “farmers”? What more does a city girl need to know?
But I found a 1876 Missouri State Census the other day and it gave all these details: The Barrett family (Ma & Pa, 6 children ages 12-25, and a hired hand) grew 500 bushels of wheat, 300 bushels of corn and 3 tons of hay. They owned 5 horses, 3 mules, 12 head of cattle, 40 sheep and 58 hogs. The sheep produced 12 lbs of wool.
Now doesn’t that give a vivid picture of how they spent their days?