The Mormon "Family Search" Web Site has the 1880 census, indexed. They did a poor job, you won't find Samuel Bumpus though I found him on micro film in that census. While looking for Elwood Baker this morning, Knowing he was born in IN. in abt. 1864, I found him living in the John Thompson household in Cottage Grove, Allen Co, KA. and working as "Labor/Servant". (slave?) Clara Bumpus married Elwood Baker in Nov. of 1888 at the age of Abt. 14. (I still don't have her exact birth date.) Also living in the house with John Thompson 43, b. PA was "Mary F Thompson 38, wife, b. KY., Clara Thompson 6, Daughter b. MO. and Geo Bumpes 9, b. MO."
Even though the census taker or the transcriber for the Mormon's or the person answering the census takers questions or all of the above seemed to get a few things wrong, I am convinced this is our Clara Amanda Bumpus and her older brother George James Bumpus, for the following reasons.
!- George's listed age is correct and Clara's could be. 2- John was born PA. and Mary in KY. yet the parents of both Clara and Geo. are listed as MO., a mistake George James made in later census records. I don't think he ever knew where they were born. Samuel was from OH. and Catherine from IN.. 3- Elwood married Clara in the same county in 88.
We were told that George James was raised by "Uncle James Bumpus" after the death of his parents. His father didn't dye until 1885 so this could be accurate. We were also told both Samuel and Catherine died in the "Great Kansas Flood of 78". I have found some "Great Kansas Floods" but I have found no flood recorded for 1878. I have wonder if George James was abandoned by his father after Catherine died. And who was Thompson? A friend or relative or was Mary F a relative. She wasn't Mary C Lattin as I have tracked her to CO. in the 1880 Census. Was it this family that Jessie James came to visit or was that just a good story too? Allen Co. KA. was closer to the James house in Clay Co., MO. than Carthage MO. where Samuel and Catherine lived.
Does anyone have a copy of the old family tree they could send me? That may help me to sort some of this out. I don't remember ever seeing it.