The 1890 census provided information about every individual in the house including:
In 1921, a fire destroyed nearly all of the records and materials from the 1890 census that were stored in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington D.C.. Almost all of the original data from the 1890 census is no longer available.
About 1,000 pages and fragments survived the fire. These include some records from specific counties in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas.
Born in 1860, Lizzie Borden was tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden became a media sensation during the trial and even a century later, the Borden murders still fascinate the public with her likeness appearing in film and television.
By searching through the findmypast.com records, violence in the family was uncovered showing that Borden was a descendant of Thomas Cornell, Jr. the first man in America to be convicted and put to death for committing matricide – murdering his own mother.
A jury acquitted Borden due to lack of evidence and her inconsistent testimony being rendered inadmissible. During the trial it was rumored Borden was mentally unstable, however she lived well until 1927 off her father's well-guarded fortune and was buried next to her parents' plots.