Discussion of the Household Tables

The tables (one for each household) are bascially 10 cells wide and are divided into 3 parts.

I've centered the data for those cells where it seems appropriate to do so.

  1. The first header cell identifies the census which this household's data came from.
  2. The second header cell identifies the household and indicates when it was enumerated.
  3. The third header cell is "Relation-Occupation."
  4. The fourth header cell is "Stated age."
  5. The fifth header cell is "Sex."
  6. The sixth header cell is "Born-in".
  7. The seventh header cell is "Birth-date."
  8. The eighth header cell is "Marriage-date."
  9. The ninth header cell is "Died."
Now we get to the meat of the table!
  1. The first column is the individual's numbered position in the household.
  2. The second column is the surname with the following symbols incorporated:
  3. The third column is the given name (and, where available middle name or initial).
  4. The fourth column is the estimated relationship to the head of household based on the positioning in the listing (Turner didn't state the relationships) and is subject to confirmation or refutation (by YOU, the user of this census!) and the occupation where such occupation is given.
  5. The fifth column is the age as given to the enumerator (by the individual he talked to).
  6. The sixth column is the sex of the individual as given to (or determined by) the enumerator.
  7. The seventh column is the state the individual was born in as given to the enumerator.
  8. The eight column is the birth date and was not available in the regular census.
  9. The ninth column is the marriage date and was not available in the regular census.
  10. The tenth column is the death date and was (obviously) not available in the regular census.

The bottom of the table has been discussed above.

When Harley originally put his transcription together he flagged some of the men born in the previous (18th) century by underlining them. When he revised the transcription he dispensed with that. In keeping with his original intent I am highlighting them (and the women as well) in pale yellow thusly:

Doe, John, etc etc age=53 (or whatever)
I have made use of background color to differentiate the various racial types as Turner enumerated them. The basic tables have a dull pink background as do the Caucasians with the overall color scheme as follows:
Causasians Free mulattoes Free blacks Slaves
There are 4 households with slaves born in the 18th century. In these cases I've highlighted every other cell with yellow
whichlooks something likethis!
It wasn't necessary to do this for any of the free blacks or mulattoes as none of them were born in the 18th century. Of course what they called mulatto then may well have been Melungeon!

My source for the bulk of the data I transcribed was from Harley Little's original transcription as published in the Nickell-Stacy book "Selections From Morgan County History." J. Emmett Black requested and received Harley's permission for him and I to do as we pleased with the transcription. What he had in mind was obtaining the original census on microfilm and scanning it into a file which could be placed on an Internet Site. He sent me a partial copy of a revised version of Harley's transcription which was missing nearly two hundred households. When I pressed him for the other pages he stopped communicating completely, so I've carried on alone with this version.

I also obtained a copy of Rowenna Lawson's transcription of the 1850 Morgan County census (along with the 1830 and 1840 censuses) and used it as a check on Harley's accuracy (and my own). See elsewhere for the various discrepancies I found in their work. Harley included some maiden surnames (apparently from his own research) in his listing, but Rowenna did not. Their indexes reflect this. Sam Turner hadn't included them either as they weren't part of his instructions. My index now contains all 7,433 persons enumerated by Samuel Turner plus six slaves (5 of them indexed under "None provided" where a surname would be), one of whom (Chaney Caudill) I've found a surname for. I have first names for 4 more (children of Chaney's) but they were born subsequent to 1850 and will be included in a future version of this database. There is also one free mulatto in the Gillmore household (#751) named Robert who Harley listed as a Gillmore but Rowenna didn't, nor did Sam Turner. I hope to confirm his last name, and also determine names for the other 185 slaves I don't have surnames for, and first names for the ones I don't have first names for. (I have a few more first names but don't know what became of them by 1850 so must hold off on including them for the time being.) I will need a lot of help to do this! Any and all information will be most welcome!

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