Headed in the right direction with a little help from my friends!
graphic - courtesy "The Graphics Fairy"
Family legend states that Henry Wakefield (father to Charles) died at sea sometime around 1871. When Charles was five years of age his mother, Elizabeth married a gentleman named Henry Horn.
I was able to locate Henry and Elizabeth Horn in the 1900 United States Federal Census records. By that time Charles had married and was living with his own family. Also, I located Henry Horn in the 1880 Baltimore City Directory residing at 11 Walker Street.
Recently I began attending the Ancestry "Tweetchat" held by Crista Cowan. During these Twitter chats Crista answers questions about family history and research.
Keeping my fingers crossed I tossed out my situation to the group. Right away Crista began asking questions. Next thing I knew posts with links and tactics started appearing in the feed. One in particular from Crista led to this ancestor in a matter of minutes.
With a link to Steven Morse website I found a EDs (enumeration district) for the address used in the Baltimore City Directory. The search results gave three possible numbers. Working through the pages I jumped for joy locating Walker Street!
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No wonder this family was such a mystery! First problem being the surname transcribed as Homm instead of Horn. Then I discover my great-grandfather was using his step-father's name during this period. What a surprise! I wonder if it was a common practice during this time period to use the step-father's name?
With lots of help from my friends we have another piece of the Charles F. Wakefield puzzle. Thank you, Crista! Looking forward to the next chat.