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Re: Northern and southern parts of the county for tax lists
Posted by: James Guthrie (ID *****9647) Date: October 03, 2008 at 06:36:25
In Reply to: Re: Northern and southern parts of the county for tax lists by Walter V. Turner of 1495

Walter,

My ancestor was married ca. 1836 and lived in the southern district (close to the present day community of Turbeville)
until 1857/1858. His in-laws were also there. In late 1857
or early 1858, they picked up and moved into the northern district (close to the present day community of Fork). Both
my ancestor and his in-laws were in the southern district enumeration for the personal property tax list in 1857, and
in the northern district enumeration in 1858. The area known as Fork centers around present day Fork Baptist Church and is close to the Staunton River State Park. That lies east of where the Bannister River flows into the Dan River. The Bannister River might have been a candidate for a dividing line but I just don't know. In present day terms, it would not be much of an impediment just as the Staunton(Roanoke)River would not be much of an impediment. The Dan River, however, was a big impediment at the time though because there were ferries operating on its waters. These rivers might have looked drastically different in their day as all three now feed into Kerr Lake (Buggs Island Lake). Years ago, a fellow researcher sent me copies of plat maps for my ancestors in the Turbeville area of Halifax Co. for the time period around the first census so these plat maps probably exist for the whole county. Studying the known whereabouts of certain families on these plat maps, and in comparison to the enumeration district in which they lived,one could probably determine where the enumeration boundries were located. That would probably take the efforts of someone with lots of time and close proximity to Halifax where the plat maps could be viewed.


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