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Re: What happened to WAKE County on the 1810 and 1820 Census
Posted by: Audrey Evans (ID *****4218) Date: October 23, 2004 at 18:35:31
In Reply to: What happened to WAKE County on the 1810 and 1820 Census by Lewis Bowker of 1372

Hopefully most have found what they are looking for by now!
I noticed that someone mentioned the 1819 Wake Tax list-The NC State Archives has the 1809-1851, 1853-1856, 1865-1867 and 1870 tax list on microfilm. I know they aren't that great for census but better than nothing since the 1810 and 1820 Wake Census is missing! It's fun to follow the years as once in awhile you will have a new surname-just paying a poll tax which gives some indication of his coming of age. Also, it notes if someone was paying taxes for another-example in early 1830s one of my relatives was paying taxes for his father which was noted as deceased. Very little surviving estate papers so this was a nice addition. I expect most of the libraries in just about any area can get copies of these 5 reels of microfilm on interlibrary loan. You will need to check with you local library and they were done by State Archives in 1972. They are divided by tax districts which a good map of Wake County and the districts would be of a great help. To insult to injury so to speak-not only are the 1810 and 1820 census records are missing but about half of the Wake deeds 1771-1832 were destroyed when the register of deeds decided to keep them at a warehouse instead of the courthouse and an employee set the building on fire! According to one source on NC Genealogy that I have.
Happy Hunting-these tax lists are great for so many reasons!
Audrey Evans


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