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1837 African American Census – Thomas Little

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Today, after the torrential rain, I rushed down to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to find the 1837 African American Census. My $8.00 was well worth it although it started to seem as though I was going to go home empty-handed. No such luck!

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I had been warned by someone ever so helpful at HSP that they did have the census but “it didn’t contain much information.” Thank goodness, I’d seen the 1847 African American Census and knew these documents were genealogy GOLD! I’m glad I’m not easily discouraged and you really can’t be when embarking on genealogy. Here is a list of what is contained in the census:

  • Name of family
  • Total number of residents
  • Number of residents who are natives of the state
  • Number of residents who are not natives of the state
  • Occupation of males
  • Occupation of females
  • Value of property
  • Real estate
  • Amount of incumbrance
  • Personal estate
  • Amount paid for ground rent
  • Amount paid for house rent
  • Amount paid for water rent
  • Number of children in day school
  • Number of children not in day school
  • Amount of tax paid
  • How freed and cost of freedom
  • If from another state, how much property brought to Philadelphia
  • Number of children in Sunday school
  • Number of children not in Sunday school
  • Number of household members belonging to beneficial societies
  • Name of the meeting attended by household members

“Nothing”

At any rate, the first volume I reviewed listed a Tobias Little. I took photos and made copies just in case. One never knows where there will be an error or typo.

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I reviewed two other volumes and found no Hogans or Littles. As I’m rushing to leave, I review the last volume and three pages in at the bottom of the page – I found Thomas Little living in Sterling Alley with eight family members, seven natives to Pennsylvania and one not native. This sounds like my family.

The case supporting Thomas Little as my 5th great-grandfather is pretty compelling but it is indirect. There is a listing of Catherine Little (b 1788) as Thomas’ widow in the city directory.  Thomas Little, Jr (Jul 1817) stated his father was born in Pennsylvania while his mother was born in New Jersey. We know Catherine states multiple times that she was born in New Jersey. I found Thomas Little on the 1820 Census which is a good gauge for his age.

I’m pretty confident that 1) Thomas and Catherine married and 2) Thomas was born in Pennsylvania between 1780 and 1790. If so, this would mean that Thomas Little would be the key for his descendents to qualify for in the First Families of Pennsylvania – Colonies and Commonwealth – 1638 – 1790.  I plan to spend the next month trying to find additional information to support this contention  as the deadline to apply is May 30 for recognition in October.

But back to the 1837 Census.  So much for the census “not containing much information.”

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Add to the list of things I know about my ancestors the following:

  • Thomas worked as a sugar refiner or at a sugar refinery.
  • He had not amassed any real estate, renting his home for $70 per year. His personal wealth was $350.
  • Two of the children that lived with him (probably his children) attended school.
  • Confirmation again that none of the members of the household were manumitted, i.e. they were not born enslaved.
  • One member of the family belonged to Daughters of Ethiopia and the family attend The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas for religious worship.

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What’s interesting about the St. Thomas confirmation, my grandmother, Thomas’ 3rd great granddaughter was Episcopalian. I had a hunch I was going to find that her choice of faith went back very far. My instinct now has been confirmed.

Gee, I don’t know – qualifying for First Families of Pennsylvania, confirming they were not born enslaved AND ascertaining the church my ancestors attended in the 1830s  (which may lead to other documents) seems more than “nothing” to me! But maybe I’m not indifferent…eh…impartial.

This week has been a very good week in breakthroughs. As always, I’m interested in building a network of researchers for this time period. Please spread the word. Thanks!

 

Update on Catherine Little – 1847 African American Census – Philadelphia Completed by Quaker Society

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I’d been excited about this census since learning of its existence while reading “Forging Freedom: The Formation of Philadelphia’s Black Community, 1720-1840“, by Gary B. Nash. I knew it was accessible either at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania or the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. I’m very pleased that Ancestry.com continues to add to content to their product. I’ve found so much in the last few months, including this census and previously unavailable death certificates.

To begin, the documents are very difficult to read on Ancestry.com. AND there is a wealth of information contained in this census. I was excited about it prior to getting my hands on it but when I realized the details of what is actually contained within this census, I’m floored, flabbergasted but grateful. I’ve had one nagging question about my 5th Great Grandmother, Catherine Little, born in 1788 in New Jersey. Since this time period was in such flux as it related to person-hood in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I could not assume that she was born free, enslaved or served an apprenticeship. I’ve struggled with developing a research plan because I do not know which county she originated from in New Jersey.

The 1847 Census contains the following information where I’m assuming blank spaces are negative responses:

1 – Name

2 – Residence

3 – Number in family

4 – Males

5 – Females

6 – Under 5

7 – Under 15

8 – Under 50

9 – Over 50

10 – Natives of state

11 – Not natives

12 – Male intemperate

13 – Female intemperate

14 – Number insane

15 – Number helpless

16 – Receives public aid

17 – Orphans

18 – Not taken care of by parents

19 – Can read

20 – At service

21 – Not at service

22 – Can write

23 – Occupation of Males and compensation

24 – Occupation of Females and compensation

25 – Children under 20 and not at school how employed

26 – Number at school

27 – School attended

28 – Number occupying a room

29 – Size of rooms

30 – Whole number in house when rooms are occupied

31 – Value of real estate

32 – Incumbrances

33 – Personal property

34 – Cost of house or room

35 – Water rent (??)

36 – Taxes

37 – Born slaves

38 – Bought Freedom

39 – Amount paid for Freedom

40 – By whom manumitted

41 – Number belong to a beneficial societies

42 – Number attending religious meetings

43 – Number not attending religious meetings

44 – Belong to Temperance Society

45 – Remarks

IF you are fortunate enough to have an ancestor interviewed in this census, feel blessed because it is very rare for us to have this information, particularly during the antebellum period.  Thank you Friends Society!

What I’ve learned about Catherine

Catherine Little 1847 African American Census, Philadelphia

In 1847, Catherine Little lived with two other people in her household. She was the head of household living with one male and one female. Catherine was over 50 at the time and this is noted in the census. The other two people living with her were under 50 but I would assume over 15 as this is not marked on the census. All three of the members of Catherine’s household were born in Pennsylvania and none were intemperate. All three could read and write. The male worked as a waiter. At least one of the females worked twice a week but the occupation is not listed.

Other rich details include that two of the members of the family belong to a beneficial society (very common during this time), all three attended religious services and one of the household members belonged to the Temperance Society. These are wonderful details to help create a portrait of who Catherine was.

But to answer one of the most pressing questions I had regarding Catherine Little: according to this census, she was not born enslaved.

I can’t wait to absorb this all and bookend it with the 1840 and 1850 censuses for Catherine and her children. I need to also explore the Bass connection. The Bass brothers and my ancestors resided together for several years. What might I uncover following the Bass line of research, I wonder. What can proximity tell me, if anything?

As always, I’m looking for anyone who has ancestors to research who were African Americans in antebellum Philadelphia. Please spread the word. Thanks!

 

 

1847 Census of African Americans in Philadelphia

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While doing some research this morning, I notice that Ancestry.com has a promotion and portal for Quaker records. I’d recently become aware of the Quaker census of African American in Philadelphia. I’ve not had the opportunity to track this down at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania but I’m pleased to learn that the documents are available online via Ancestry. So if you have ancestors who may have lived in Philadelphia in 1847, let me know. If I can find some information for you, I will share if you do not have an Ancestry subscription.

Here is a description:

About Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, African-American Census, 1847

The Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers) commissioned this census of thousands of free African American families and individuals living in six areas of the Philadelphia. This was done in order to further their efforts to help the African-American population of the city.

The census includes information on a variety of social variables. Included for each family: Name of head of household, household size by gender and age; street address; employment and compensation of everyone working in the home; children’s schools; value of personal property; whether members were born in Pennsylvania, debts, taxes, ability to read and write, how many family members were born as slaves and how much they paid for their freedom (and to whom, when known).

Although this census excludes the substantial number of African Americans living in white households, they provide data not found in the federal population schedules. When combined with the information on African Americans taken from federal censuses, it offers researchers a richly detailed view of Philadelphia’s African American community in 1847.

 

I hope I find some ancestors in this file as I’ve often suspected I would. I’ll spend some time combing through these documents.

I’ve been a little busy with other projects but I must finish the census of Free Philadelphians with trades.  I hope someone is finding this information useful. As always, I’m looking for other genealogists who have an interest in this time period. If you know of anyone, please let me know.

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Wards 17-25 – African Americans

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Helpful Vocabulary:

Carman ‘Driver of (horse-drawn) vehicles for transporting goods. Carmen were often employed by railway companies for local deliveries and collections of goods and parcels. Modern day van driver. Also sometimes someone who drove horse-drawn trams was called a Carman.’
Carter Carrier of goods by wagon
Chimney Sweep Chimney Cleaner
Confectioner One whose occupation it is to make or sell confections, which are preparations of fruits preserved with sugar, such as peaches, pears, melons, nuts, orange peels, etc., and/or sugar candies.
Mantua maker A dress maker – A Mantua was a loose gown worn over a petticoat and open down the front.
Ostler Originally, a Hostler was the host of an Inn or (H)ostelry. Later became the man employed to look after the horses of the visitors
Paperhanger An interior decorator who put up wallpaper.
Porter 1) Door or gate keeper 2) Carried baggage in railway stations and other public places
Stevedore A dock worker or labourer who unloads and loads ships’ cargoes.
Teamster Driver of a team horses used for hauling
Wheeler 1) Made wheels 2) Spinning wheel attendant 3) Led pit ponies underground in the pits
Wheelwright Made or repaired wheels; wheeled carriages, etc.
Whitewasher Whitewasher: One who whitewashes by using a composition of water and lime or sizing to whiten walls, ceilings, etc.

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 Final wards for 1863

Ward 17
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Davis Moses Laborer M 8 193
Ward 19
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Dito Sophia Widow F 9 272
Donovan Job M 8 242
Ruth J Roberts F 5 158
Rebecca Roberts F 5 158
Catherine Roberts F 5 158
Elizabeth Roberts F 5 158
Walker Laxine F 4 133
Wai?? Ja M 4 133
Burns Edmere M 4 104
Williams Charles R.Est M 2 65
Williams Abry F 2 65
Polk Jas K R.Est M 2 57
Apples Sebas Saw. M. M 1 2
Ward 20
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Brown Henry C Lecturer M 11 303
Higgins William Barber M 9 251
Young Cecilia F 8 238
Patton Marsha F 8 228
Young William Wheeler M 5 151
Stile Aaron Barber M 5 146
Clover Joanna F 4 97
James Lucy F 1 12
Ward 21
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Gibson John Laborer M 2 40
Bright Alfred Laborer M 2 34
Ward 22
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Pernell Esaw Farmer M 5 126
McKinsey Isaac Farmer M 5 123
Montier Charles Farmer M 5 122
Miller Gideon P Blk Smith M 5 122
Fisher Washington Laborer M 5 115
Butler Henry C Laborer M 5 110
Ballard Caroline Laundress F 5 110
Rachel Gibbs none F 2 33
Matthew Hogan Laborer M 1 9
George Darnell Farmer M 1 5
Ward 23
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Harris Perry Gardener M 6 143
James Watson Wheelwright M 5 129
Jamar Robinson Lady F 5 122
John Pride Laborer M 5 120
Rhody Pleasants Washer F 5 120
Randall Pleasants Laborer M 5 120
Eliz L McNamer Washer F 5 117
Perry Harris Laborer M 5 112
Enos Gongo Laborer M 5 111
Thomas Davis Laborer M 5 108
James Bowser Laborer M 5 106
Weldon Patience Matron F 4 102
Whitaker Charles Laborer M 4 102
Stuart William Ostler M 4 99
Stuart Jane Nurse F 4 99
Smith Edward Laborer M 4 99
Smith William Laborer M 4 99
Sommers Peter Laborer M 4 99
Robinson Gable Laborer M 4 98
Pride Mary A F 4 97
Purnell Sarah M 4 97
Pleasants William Laborer M 4 97
Little Benjamin Laborer M 4 93
Jones Frank Laborer M 4 91
Jones John Laborer M 4 91
Jeffries Henry Laborer M 4 91
Hazard Isaac Teamster M 4 90
Harrison isaiah Coachman M 4 90
Hatfield John Laborer M 4 90
Cooper Elizabeth F 4 85
Chase Samuel Laborer M 4 85
Bond Jesse Laborer M 4 84
Brake Peter R Trader M 4 84
Byard William Laborer M 4 84
Butler James Laborer M 4 84
Wallace Wm Laborer M 3 78
Parner John Laborer M 3 72
Purvis Robert Farmer M 3 72
Hackett Samuel Laborer M 3 64
Bolden Chas Laborer M 3 58
Barney JJ Laborer M 3 58
Woods Joseph M 2 54
Stevens Maryann F 2 49
Williams John M 1 26
Ricketts Peter M 1 20
Moore George Laborer M 1 15
Moore Elisha Laborer M 1 15
Miles John M 1 15
Harris James Laborer M 1 11
Harris Joseph Laborer M 1 11
Freeman Henry M 1 9
Freeman George M 1 9
Freeman Wm T M 1 9
Freeman Rachael F 1 9
Fisher Euphamea F 1 9
Chase Elias M 1 5
Chase Mary F 1 5
Chase Wm M 1 5
Ward 24
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Wilson Mrs Sarah Lady F 9 258
Ward Mrs Julia Estate F 9 258
Thomas Delisha Estate F 9 256
Sheppare Liddia Estate F 9 254
Miller Perry Lab M 9 246
Martin Lewis B Carpenter M 9 246
Lee Fenton Lab M 9 245
London Jacob Lab M 9 245
Logan Nehemiah Lab M 9 245
Bailey Peter Lab M 9 236
Black Mathas Lab M 9 236
Black Gideon Lab M 9 236
Singleton Aaron Estate M 8 224
Gibbs Matthew M 8 210
Drummon Joseph Estate M 8 207
Drummon Anna M Estate F 8 207
Peer Anthony Barber M 5 130
Parker Saml Lab M 4 100
Draper Lydia Washwoman F 4 87
Allen Leven Lab M 4 81
Robenson Perry R Lab M 3 72
Underwood Elizabeth Washerwoman F 2 52
Green Jane Washwoman F 2 37
Drisberry David Carter M 2 34
Beasly Robert Lab M 2 32
Amos Nathan Lab M 2 31
Richards David Lab M 1 20
Richards Allen Lab M 1 20
Richards James Ostler M 1 20
King John D Lab M 1 12
Hews Henderson Lab M 1 10
Harris Elias Lab M 1 10
Harris George Lab M 1 10
Grey Henderson Lab M 1 9
Emons Peter Lab M 1 7
Black Calvin Lab M 1 3
Ward 25
Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Jno Brooks M 1 6
David Bowers Lab M 1 6
Jno Rogers Lab M 1 22
Jno Stewart Lab M 1 24
Wm Butcher Lab M 2 33
Wm Butcher Sr Lab M 2 33
Henry Jefferson Lab M 2 41
Wm James Lab M 2 41
Dublin H King Coachman M 2 42

 

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.

 

Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 8 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 9 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Wards 10 – 12 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Wards 13 – 16 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Wards 10 thru 12 – African Americans

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A few more posts for 1863. The following covers Wards 10 thru 12. At a later date, I will attempt to find the individuals in this Census with the 1860 and 1870 Census. An earlier attempt was not fruitful but I will try again to draw connections and attach these individuals with their census records. There is so much to do – continue with older Septennial censuses, attempt to connect with the Federal census and I’m also working on posting a Trades census for Colored People.

I hope this finds someone who can find this information useful. It certainly is helpful to me in that even if I do not find ancestors, I know I’ve been through the entire census. However, this census did lead to who I believe is a 5th great grand uncle.

 

Ward 10

Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Barrett Saml Barber M 1 3
Perkins Amelia F 1 19
Frisby Jas M 2 36
Davis Thomas H Barber M 3 65
Richardson Nancy Ann Laundress F 6 168
Owen Jonas Coachman M 7 193

Ward 11

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Davis Moses Dealer 60 1803 M 5 111

 

Ward 12

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Bustill David Gent 60 1803 M 2 29
Bower D.B. Painter 40 1823 M 3 58
Fossett Redman Dealer 36 1827 M 5 119
Fossett Susan 69 1794 F 5 119
Fisher Gottlieb Corder M 5 119

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.

 

Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 8 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 9 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Wards 13 – 16 – African Amercians

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A pattern emerging maybe…an urban/suburban devide? As we move farther away from the city center, the number of free people of color declines.

 

Ward 13
Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Bustill Chas Porter 45 1818 M 4 95
Ward 14
Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
William Winters Dealer M 2 54
Isaac William Barber M 4 114
Bustill J.M. Plasterer M 7 178
Jones Harriet D 7 185
Ward 15
Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Williams Henry Labor M 2 28
Knight David Barber M 3 76
Singleton Grayson ?eamman M 3 86
Sands Joshua Barber M 5 148
Ward 16
Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Griffith Aaron Waiter M 8 222

 

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.

 

Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 8 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 9 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 10 – 12 – African Americans

 

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 9 – African Americans

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One draw back in the methodology of the Census is that it was completed based on alphabetical order. No addresses are attached. However, the wards are broken down into divisions (this system is still in place today) so you can get a general sense of pockets of African Americans. In some wards and in many divisions there are no African Americans residing.

 

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Bosser Danl Waiter 30 1833 M 1 3
Brown Isiah Waiter 30 1833 M 1 3
Bellis John Waiter 24 1839 M 1 3
Cile ? J.H. Waiter 36 1827 M 1 5
Curry Robt H Waiter 26 1837 M 1 5
Edwards Salml Waiter 26 1837 M 1 7
Forman Chas Waiter 30 1833 M 1 8
Freeman Elisha Waiter 24 1839 M 1 8
Griffin Chas Waiter 35 1828 M 1 8
Hall Saml Waiter 41 1822 M 1 10
Holden Saml Waiter 30 1833 M 1 10
Johnson Estin Waiter 25 1838 M 1 11
Ludlow Peter Waiter 26 1837 M 1 13
Parnell Chas Waiter 26 1837 M 1 19
Proctor Thos Waiter 24 1839 M 1 19
Quash George Waiter M 1 20
Redick Richard Waiter 28 1835 M 1 21
Smith Wm Waiter 32 1831 M 1 22
Sullivan Wm Waiter 28 1835 M 1 22
Stokely John Waiter 30 1833 M 1 22
Slater Felix Waiter 43 1820 M 1 22
Shorter Chas Waiter 35 1828 M 1 22
Turner Joshua Waiter 34 1829 M 1 24
Vandyke Stephen Waiter 26 1837 M 1 25
William Hiram Waiter 33 1830 M 1 26
Wheeler Risha Waiter 38 1825 M 1 26
Wensley Andrew Waiter 25 1838 M 1 26
Wilson Horace Waiter 23 1840 M 1 26
Williams Elsey Waiter 36 1827 M 1 26
Braxton Thompson Waiter 30 1833 M 2 33
Dougherty Danl Waiter 53 1810 M 2 37
Know Thos Servt 40 1823 M 2 42
Prosser A G Gent 25 1838 M 2 48
Ellis Wm B Janitor 40 1823 M 3 66
Phice Wm Servt 40 1823 M 3 79
Salles C Hair Dr M 3 82
Tucker Wm M Servt 49 1814 M 3 83
Wilson A D Hair Dresser 50 1813 M 3 86
Cliff Mancis Barber 27 1836 M 4 95
Gibson W Servt 25 1838 M 4 100
Love Rebecca Dr 32 1831 F 4 104
Price Nathan Carman 52 1811 M 7 204

 

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.

 

Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 8 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 8 – African Americans

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Please spread the word. I hope this information will be useful for someone. But more importantly I’m trying to find other genealogists that share my interest in African Americans in Philadelphia and/or New Jersey in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Below is Ward 8.

 

Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Bustill C.C. Porter M 1 3
Clayton Maj Waiter M 1 3
Coone Leo M 1 6
Davis Edwd Waiter M 1 7
Galloway Isaac Bookstore M 1 11
Hall William Waiter M 1 11
Hardy Thomas Coachman M 1 12
Johnson Matthias Waiter M 1 13
Jobes C Bookmaker M 1 13
Mayhew M M 1 17
Morgan Nathaniel Porter M 1 17
Peterson Harriet Lady F 1 21
Price J.W. Restaurant M 1 21
Roberts Samuel Waiter M 1 24
Richardson William Car driver M 1 24
Rodgers Ann Lady F 1 24
Ruffen Robt Porter M 1 24
Stevenson Jacob Engineer M 1 26
Sheppard Jackson Waiter M 1 26
Salmons Porter M 1 26
Thomas Wm St. L Barber M 1 27
Dickson Adelaide Waiter F 2 40
Davis John Sweeper M 2 40
Dillen Edward Dealer M 2 40
Downing Levi M 2 40
Heightgatge Mary Caterer F 2 44
Jones Cary Caterer M 2 45
Johnson George Dyer M 2 45
Johnson Harry Porter M 2 45
Jones William Tavern Ker M 2 45
Roland E.D. Professor Music M 2 54
Roberts Ann Cook F 2 54
Robinson Amy Lady F 2 54
Seymour Margt Waiter F 2 55
Short Spencer Porter M 2 55
Stewart Margt F 2 55
Shadd Hance Waiter M 2 55
Staton Macy House cleaner F 2 55
Stevenson D.W. Car keeper M 2 55
Tennent Magt Housekeeper F 2 56
Todd J Dealer M 2 56
Taylor John Waiter M 2 56
Thomas James W Restaurant M 2 56
Wilson Bery Coachman M 2 58
White John Restaurant M 2 58
Wondroom Mary A House cleaner F 2 59
West Mary E House cleaner F 2 59
Ayles Julia F 3 64
Butler Samuel Shop keeper M 3 65
Darris Rebecca Lady F 3 69
Dorsey Thos J Caterer M 3 69
Farbeaux Jacob Barber M 3 71
Farbeaux Mrs Lady F 3 71
Farbeaux Peter Gent M 3 71
Lewis E.A. Restaurant M 3 76
Minton H Restaurant M 3 77
Young Ridgeway Whitewasher M 3 90
Augustine James Restaurant M 4 93
Goins Willie Ann F 4 101
Given Dennis Barber M 4 101
Goutier Clara F 4 101
Jackson Peter Restaurant M 4 103
Price George Dyer M 4 113
Clay James Confectioner M 5 131
Parke Hannah F 6 179

 

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.

 

Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

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If you are looking for Philadelphia Ward 6, I do not have any material to share. After reviewing the census, I did not find any African Americans listed.  Below you will find Ward 7 listings for African Americans.

 

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Allen Robert Furniture Store 40 1823 M 1 2
Adger Robert Storekeeper 50 1813 M 1 2
Almond Thomas Carpenter 50 1813 M 1 2
Ash Sarah Widow 50 1813 F 1 2
Abbott Jane Widow 50 1813 F 1 2
Bowers Thomas Tailor 40 1823 M 1 3
Brown Morris Shoemaker 38 1825 M 1 3
Barber Harriet Gentlewoman 35 1828 F 1 3
Brown Leiseine China store 38 1825 F 1 3
Brown Maria Widow 45 1818 F 1 3
Bowen Nicholas Porter 40 1823 M 1 3
Beans Susan Widow 40 1823 F 1 4
Connor David Restaurant 37 1826 M 1 6
Cole Joseph H 52 1811 M 1 6
Cuthin Rachael B Widow 40 1823 F 1 6
Carroll Amelia Widow 50 1813 F 1 6
Dunmore Mary Widow 40 1823 F 1 7
Damon George Carman 55 1808 M 1 7
Francis James Chimney Sweep 29 1834 M 1 9
Felton John B Shoemaker 32 1831 M 1 9
Fields Mrs. M.B. Mantua maker 30 1833 F 1 9
Hetter David Waiter 32 1831 M 1 12
Jasper Edwarad Shoemaker 26 1837 M 1 12
Johnson Robert Porter 52 1811 M 1 12
Lacount Joseph Lumberman 45 1818 M 1 14
Lewis William H Carman 48 1815 M 1 14
Lewis Peter Iron stove 52 1811 M 1 14
Lyons Richard Tool polisher 40 1823 M 1 14
Nixon Benjamin Carman 54 1809 M 1 19
Neil Richard Coachman 65 1798 M 1 19
Potter George Gent 65 1798 M 1 21
Parlow Daniel MD 43 1820 M 1 21
Punson William Gent 60 1803 M 1 21
Perr George Barber 28 1835 M 1 21
Smith Amelia Widow 55 1808 F 1 24
Smith Stephen Mercht 70 1793 M 1 24
Thongood John Shoemaker 24 1839 M 1 26
White George China store 50 1813 M 1 27
Williams William H Restaurant 36 1827 M 1 27
Williams Samuel Restaurant 40 1823 M 1 27
Ware Joel Porter 45 1818 M 1 27
Bonds Charles Porter 60 1803 M 2 31
Benton Peter Porter 70 1793 M 2 31
Banks Alexander Carpenter 49 1814 M 2 31
Bundy William Shoe store 46 1817 M 2 31
Fells James Carpenter 35 1828 M 2 37
Fisher Jonathan Carman 65 1798 M 2 37
Freeman William G Mariner 50 1813 M 2 37
Green Joseph G Dealer 50 1813 M 2 38
Garden Henry Collector 50 1813 M 2 38
Hooper John Carman 60 1803 M 2 39
Hall Morris Gent 40 1823 M 2 39
Lardner Hester Widow 35 1828 F 2 42
Lawrence Alfed Carman 75 1788 M 2 42
Longellow William N Dentist 40 1823 M 2 42
Laws William Farmer 53 1810 M 2 42
Lumpkin Mary Mrs Gentlewoman 40 1823 F 2 42
Murray George Hair cloth maker 73 1790 M 2 43
Morris Nancy Widow 40 1823 F 2 44
McKee John Gent 40 1823 M 2 45
Otto Monroe Barber 50 1813 M 2 45
Prosser James Restaurant 50 1813 M 2 49
Prosser Abigail Widow 74 1789 F 2 49
Taylor John Waiter 35 1828 M 2 55
Tomkins Richard Gent 45 1818 M 2 55
Warren Thomas Driver 55 1808 M 2 58
Wester Isaac Barber 50 1813 M 2 58
Williams Samuel M Barkeeper 55 1808 M 2 58
White Sampson Clergyman 50 1813 M 2 58
Wilson Richards Gent 43 1820 M 2 58
Wilcox Lemuel Carman 39 1824 M 2 59
Yoeman George Carman 28 1835 M 2 60
Larker Phillis Mrs Widow 88 1775 F 3 75
Smith S Morgan Hair dresser 30 1833 M 3 84
Alexander Lewis Porter 51 1812 M 4 94
Faith Alexander Perfumer 38 1825 M 4 101
Holland Daniel Waiter 50 1813 M 4 103
Harris Thomas Whitewasher 49 1814 M 4 104
Hankinson Isaiah Porter 41 1822 M 4 104
Harvey William G Restaurant 45 1818 M 4 104
Burton Henry Waiter 51 1812 M 5 127
Bailey John Lab 31 1832 M 5 127
Evens Geo Lab 40 1823 M 5 132
George Lemutte Paperhanger 50 1813 M 5 134
Harris Stephen Lab 31 1832 M 5 135
Jones Walter B Lab 45 1818 M 5 136
Meads R.K. Barber 25 1838 M 6 172

 

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.

Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4 + 5 – African Americans

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Ward 4 and 5 are included in this post due to the small number of African Americans in Ward 4.

Ward 4

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Williams William P Hair Dresser 51 1812 M 6 147
Venning Sarah Man??? Mk 53 1810 F 7 173

Ward 5

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Forten Charlotte Lady 72 1791 F 1 6
Dunton John G Janitor 45 1818 M 3 57
Eddy Joshua Barber 61 1802 M 3 58
Hill Louisa Dress Maker 41 1822 F 3 61
Harkins Sarah Storekeeper 40 1823 F 3 61
Jorden Thomas B Tavern Keep 59 1804 M 3 62
Shorter Hariet Storekeeper 72 1791 F 3 72
Stevens Martha Dress Maker 24 1839 F 3 72
Wyett Anna Washerwoman 55 1808 F 3 76
Wilkins Sarah Storekeeper 50 1813 F 3 76
Dougherty Charles Furrier ? 28 1835 M 5 110
Moore Elizabeth Shopkeeper 74 1789 F 5 118
Phillis Elizabeth Shopkeeper 35 1828 F 6 149

 

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.

Other Documents
1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1- African Americans
1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans
1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans