Dear Mr. Waldrep,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1830 Census, Population Schedules for the 1840 Census, Population Schedules for the 1850 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1860 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1870 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1880 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Elisha Rush Jordan. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires. Even though the census before 1850 only listed the head of the household by name, and the rest of the family members by sex & age, you can often use that information to infer the individual’s relationship. See NARA’s Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840 for more information.
You may wish to search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org for the U.S. Census and for information about Elisha Rush Jordan. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
We suggest that you review NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for Virginia Genealogy. We also suggest that you contact the Library of Virginia to request a search for records regarding Elisha Rush Jordan.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!