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1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

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Taxable inhabitants are generally defined as all males over the age of 21 or females who owned their own property (before 1848, only widowed or single woman could own property in their own name). The first enumeration law passed in 1779[1]. In 1800 the law included the enumeration of slaves[2]; an 1821 law included the deaf and dumb[3]; an 1836 law required the enumeration of the blind[4].

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Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Jones Aaron Porter 41 1822 M 3 59
Parker Elvira Lady F 4 94
Charmick James Porter 35 1828 M 5 108
Cusick Aaron Stevedore 56 1807 M 5 108
Fletcher Anthony Porter 49 1814 M 5 111
Graceland Henry Driver 26 1837 M 5 112
Haines Anna Lady 47 1816 F 5 113
Johnson Israel Porter 65 1798 M 5 114
Irvine Caroline Lady 40 1823 F 5 114
Jones Frishy Porter 36 1827 M 5 114
Wilson Alexander Porter 37 1826 M 5 126
Brown Cashamir Lady 30 1833 F 7 161
Chadrick John Coffin Maker 43 1820 M 7 163
Chase Edward Barber 58 1805 M 7 163
Durham Nathaniel Barber 37 1826 M 7 165
Fowler Mary Lady 39 1824 F 7 167
Gallway Wm Waiter 36 1827 M 7 168
Jones Frishy Barber 39 1824 M 7 170
Jackson Eliza Lady 34 1829 F 7 170
Marcus Chas Barber 40 1823 M 7 173
Cook Edward Waiter M 8 194
Saunders Genin Gentleman M 8 213

 

Source: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.

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1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans
1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

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1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia – African Americans – Ward 2

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Septennial Census Returns, 1779-1863This series contains returns for a census conducted every seven years, enumerating taxpaqyers for the purpose of determining representation in the General Assembly. Only about 11% of the original recordds have survived and the only informationa provided in most of the surviving returns is the name of the taxpayer, though occasionally the occupation is also given. The style and details of enumeration varies for the differrent counties and in different periods of time. All counties have lists of “Taxable inhabitants” and “freemen”, while others also include “inmates”. Commencing in 1800, the age, name, gender and place of residence of each slave is also frequently given and occasionally the name of the slave’s owner. Last names of slaves are usually not given because changes in ownership would have altered these over time. A few returns for Franklin County (1828, 1835, 1842), Columbia County (1821), Mifflin County (1821), and Philadelphia City (1863) provide the name, age and gender of deaf, dumb and blind inhabitants.

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Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Page
Bagwell Richard Bk Layer M 2 34
Lloyd Mary Wash Woman F 2 44
Bassett Ann Lady F 6 156
Perkins William Dealer M 8 231
Cole Aaron Waiter M 9 247
Christianson Mary Lady F 9 247
Gales Phebe Lady F 9 251
Iredell G. L. Innkeeper M 9 253
Miller William Black S. M 9 256
Masten James Driver M 9 256
Masten Elizabeth Lady F 9 256
Masten Daniel Barber M 9 256
Martin Letitia Lady F 9 256
Offet John Waiter M 9 261
Pernell B.J. Barber M 9 262
Scott William Dealer M 9 266
Taylor Margaret Dealer F 9 267
Worrock William Driver M 9 269
Wilson Robert Dealer M 9 269
Wethrington Agnes Lady F 9 270
Wethrington Joseph Musician M 9 270
Winston John Contractor M 9 270
Bergan Samuel Driver M 10 276
Benson George Waiter M 10 276
Green William H Plasterer M 10 283
Cromwell Levi Cook M 11 306
Dorman Mary Ann Dressmaker F 11 307
Hack J. W. H. MD M 11 311
Wilson Peter H Barber M 11 325

 

Source: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.

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1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1- African Americans

 

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1- African Americans

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I hope someone will find this information useful. I've compiled the names of every African American listed in the 1863 census. This is only for Ward 1 in Philadelphia. There are additional wards to add and I will do so over time.

I've combed through the 1863 census and did not find any of my ancestors. The septennial census was conducted with Pennsylvania citizens who were eligible to be taxed. This would probably mean land or property owners. So another confirmation that my ancestors were very humble. If anyone knows of others who are researching African Americans in Philadelphia in the 18th and 19th century, please let me know. Even if you do not have any ancestors in Philadelphia during this time but love history, contact me.

 

Background:

While Pennsylvania did not conduct state censuses, beginning in 1779, the state did make enumerations of inhabitants every seven years for tax purposes and to determine representation in state government. These counts are called the septennial censuses.

NAME SURNAME OCCUPATION AGE SEX DIVISION PAGE
Beasly Mary Ann 27 F 1 7
Brown Jane 30 F 1 7
Brown James ? Lab 40 M 1 7
Eincle Willimina 51 F 1 11
Harding John Lab 52 M 1 14
Harding Maria 32 F 1 15
Dewey? Jared? ?? 44 M 1 19
Dewey? Ann 40 F 1 19
Dewey? ?? 1 19
Dewey? ?? 1 19
Prettyman Enoc Lab 60 M 1 23
Prettyman Harriet 30 F 1 23
Tyson Rachel 45 F 1 27
Wilson Mary 40 F 1 30
Wilson Joshua Lab 22 M 1 30
Wilson Thomas Lab 26 M 1 30
Crossed out 1 31
Lynda Ann 25 F 1 31
Anderson Abraham Labourer 43 M 2 36
Anderson Elizabeth 26 F 2 36
Becketts Isaac Labourer 43 M 2 37
Becketts Le Soldier 20 M 2 37
Becketts Eliza 33 F 2 37
Goins Ann 40 F 2 42
Jackson ?? ? ? F 2 44
Jackson ?? ? ? F 2 44
Murray Jeremiah Labourer 35 M 2 47
Murray Charles Labourer M 2 47
Murray Jillian Ann 90 F 2 47
Purcell Mary Ann 35 F 2 51
Pots ? John Labourer 32 M 2 51
Price Ann 50 F 2 51
Ringold Mary 50 F 2 52
R???L Alex ?? 60 M 2 52
Seafir ?? ?? 62 M 2 54
Scott Abraham Labourer 46 M 2 54
Scott Cornelia Labourer 27 F 2 54
Samden George Labourer 38 M 2 54
Samden Rebecca 33 F 2 54
Thomas Jacob Labourer 50 M 2 55
Thomas Sarah 30 F 2 55
Win?? Samuel Labourer 88 M 2 57
Win?? Mary Ann 36 F 2 57
Williams Nancy 40 F 2 57
Williams Isiah M 2 57
Williams John Labourer 35 M 2 57
Williams Ma?? Ann 40 F 2 57
Crommiere Elizabeth 61 F 3 66
Groomall Willis Dealer 71 M 3 66
Corbet Harry M 3 66
Chatham Stephen Watchman 59 M 3 66
Harris Charles Steward 33 M 3 72
Paul Frank B Driver 25 M 3 80
Smish Hester Labourer 78 M 3 83
S?? Glen Labourer 30 M 3 84
Starrord James Waiter 45 M 3 84
Watts Sarah 38 F 3 87
Watts James Labourer 40 M 3 87
Colly Daniel Cord. 50 M 6 151
Deary Chas C Barber 37 M 6 152
Emery Elizabeth Washer 68 F 6 153
Acres Samuel Carter 29 M 8 203
Beasly Stephen Porter 33 M 8 205
Brown George Lab 30 M 8 205
Bracy Thomas Lab 60 M 8 205
Boyer Thomas Lab 60 M 8 205
Boyer Rachel 50 F 8 205
Blankesin William Teamster 38 M 8 205
Cooper William Cor??? 42 M 8 207
Charleston Henry Bricklayer 28 M 8 207
Clark Thomas Carter 28 M 8 207
Clark James Lab 30 M 8 207
Collins John W Lab 23 M 8 207
Durr Mrs 35 F 8 209
Davis Jane 49 F 8 209
Donnell Mrs 40 F 8 209
Dorge Chas Bricklayer 40 M 8 209
Doyle Benj Carter 37 M 8 209
Drane Reid Driver 38 M 8 209
Drane Ellen 25 F 8 209
Dick M??? Steward 35 M 8 209
Dick Cripper Waiter 24 M 8 209
Dick Caroline 41 F 8 209
Dick Elizabeth 23 F 8 209
English John Lab 50 M 8 209
English Ann E 40 F 8 209
Harner Barton Lab 41 M 8 213
Johnson Richard Lab 48 M 8 213
Jones Thomas ?? 58 M 8 213
Latimer Sarah Ann 42 F 8 215
Luthers John S Blacksmith 32 M 8 215
Luthers John S ?? 67 M 8 215
Lynn Harriet 50 F 8 215
Nash Washington Porter 30 M 8 220
Prettyman Joshua Clerk 25 M 8 222
Prettyman Sarah 22 F 8 222
Royal Edward D ??? Of Meats 61 M 8 224
Sayers Benjamin Lab 30 M 8 226
Teaman WM Lab 62 M 8 227
Young William Reamer 40 M 8 232
White Barry Labourer 50 M 11 320
White Emmeline 50 F 11 320
White Mary Ann 22 F 11 320
Weaver Minnie 42 F 11 320
Watson Abigail 32 F 11 320

 

Source: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.