On the 1855 NY Census, one of my relatives (Mary Whitney) has a birthplace noted as "Map". According to the instructions on the census form, that field contains one of the following:
- the NY county where the person was born (if born in NY)
- the state where they were born (if they weren't born in NY)
- the country where they were born (if they weren't born in the US)
There are three NY counties that begin with "M" - Madison, Monroe and Montgomery. I can't think of a state that might be abbreviated as "Map", nor a country. I thought it might be a census abbreviation, but I haven't been able to find anything. I found another entry with "Unknown" entered, so it doesn't mean that. And it wasn't just Mary. I found an entire family in that census who had "Map" listed for their birthplaces.
Any ideas about what "Map" means?
It appears the "p" is really a long s, which would be commonly used for a double s, making "Map" really "Mass". However, how does that explain this entry with both "Map" and "Mass"?