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.
- The first part is laid out with 9 header cells (the first cell being composed of base
cell one and two combined).
- The second part, the actual individual listings, are 10 data cells.
- The third part starts with a cell that says "Notes:" and a second
cell, 9 base cells wide, for additional data on
the family where
I have additional material to include.
Occasionally I have deleted
this part in favor of one of the following.)
- Some of the tables have a 4th (and some even a 5th) section consisting
variously of headings such as "Harley's note:" or "Doc's note:" which start
a table wide cell with additional data for the particular household. When
there is a considerable amount of data (more than one line) I've split it
into a single cell followed by another cell (spanning 9 columns) and have
broken the title in the first cell into two parts; ie. "Doc's" or "Harley's"
will appear on the top line of the first cell and "note:" will appear on the
bottom line of the cell. If the data cell has more than two lines I have
aligned the contents of the first cell to the top.
- There is one more part that occurs in some of the households wherein Harley
had quite a bit to say about them. These items are 10 column cells with the name
"A BIG note from Harley:" and I have underlined that phrase. Then the information
goes on as long as necessary to include it all.
- Version 2 of this database now also includes (in some households) a section
called "Links" that provides links to earlier (and later on later) incarnations
of the household in the listing. (See Elijah Smith b c1766 MD for an example.)
Now we get to the meat of the table!
- The first header cell identifies the census which this household's data came from.
- The second header cell identifies the household and indicates when it was enumerated.
- The third header cell is "Relation-Occupation."
- The fourth header cell is "Stated age."
- The fifth header cell is "Sex."
- The sixth header cell is "Born-in".
- The seventh header cell is "Birth-date."
- The eighth header cell is "Marriage-date."
- The ninth header cell is "Died."
- The first column is the individual's numbered position in the household.
- The second column is the surname with the following symbols incorporated:
- Equals sign (=) indicates the head of the household.
- Asterisk (*) indicates the person is NOT a son or daughter of the head of house.
- A name in parenthesis indicates this is a woman's married surname, not a maiden
- A parenthesised surname WITH an asterisk is a woman in the household whose maiden
surname hasn't been entered into the database (because _I_ don't know what it is).
- A parenthesized surname WITH an equals sign is a female head of household whose
maiden surname I haven't been able to determine.
- All other surnames are sons or daughters of the head of the household.
- The third column is the given name (and, where available middle name or initial).
- 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.
- The fifth column is the age as given to the enumerator (by the individual he talked to).
- The sixth column is the sex of the individual as given to (or determined by) the enumerator.
- The seventh column is the state the individual was born in as given to the enumerator.
- The eight column is the birth date and was not available in the regular census.
- The ninth column is the marriage date and was not available in the regular census.
- 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:
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:
|Doe, John, etc etc age=53 (or whatever)
There are 4 households with slaves born in the 18th century. In these cases I've
highlighted every other cell with yellow
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
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
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