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Map of Va: Cabell CountyCabell County was created in 1809 from the western part of Kanawha County. It was named for William H. Cabell, governor of Virginia from 1805 through 1808. Part of the county went to the formation of Logan in 1824, and an additional parcel was given to Logan in 1830. Wayne County was created from Cabell in 1842, and part of Boone was taken from Cabell in 1847. In 1848 Putnam was formed in part from Cabell, and an additional parcel went to Putnam in 1850. In 1867 Cabell contributed land in the formation of Lincoln County.

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CABELL COUNTY, VA 1810 SUBSTITUTE CENSUS [Abstracts from the 1810 Personal Property Tax List] by John Vogt, 2011, 5 1/2"x8 1/2" format, vi, 7 pages, map.
        Cabell is one of eighteen Virginia counties for which the 1810 census is lost. In August, 1814 British troops occupied Washington, DC and public buildings were put to the torch. In the destruction that followed, numerous early records of the government were lost, including all of Virginia’s 1790 and 1800 census reports, as well as eighteen county lists for the state's most recent [1810] federal census. Although two “fair copies” of each county’s census had been left in the counties for public display, these were ephemeral lists and not preserved, and by 1814 they too had been mislaid, lost, or destroyed. Hence, the closest document available we have to reconstruct a partial image of the missing county lists is the personal property tax list.
       According to research notes by Minor T. Weisiger, Library of Virginia archivist: “Information recorded in Virginia personal property tax records changed gradually from 1782 to 1865. The early laws required the tax commissioner in each district to record in “a fair alphabetical list” the names of the person chargeable with the tax, the names of white male tithables over the age of twenty-one, the number of white male tithables between ages sixteen and twenty-one, the number of slaves both above and below age sixteen, various types of animals such as horses and cattle, carriage wheels, ordinary licenses, and even billiard tables. Free Negroes are listed by name and often denoted in the list as “free” or “FN.”
       The present abstract of Cabell's 1810 personal property tax list is NOT a transcript of the entire document; rather, it is a summary of three items important in delineating the 1810 "substitute" census for this county, i.e., number of male tithables 16 and older, number of slaves twelve years and older, and the number of horses. The original form of the census was in alphabetic order by date and letter. The substitute list presented here is in absolute alphabetic order for easy reference.

In the current volume, the data is recorded thus:
        Kincaid, Samuel J.r           -        -        5
        Kincaid, Samuel S.r        3        5        11
        Kincaid, Samuel
            (blacksmith)                1        -        -
        Column one represents the tithable males (16 and over) in the household; column 2 is the number of slaves over 12; and the final column is the number of horses, mares or mules.
        For genealogical researchers in this 1810 period, personal property tax records may provide additional important information. Oftentimes, juniors and seniors are listed adjacent to one another and recorded on the same day. When a taxpayer is noted as “exempt”, it can be a clue to someone holding a particular position in government or being elderly, infirm, or for some other reason no longer required to pay the tithable tax. Women, both black and white, appear occasionally as heads of households when they own property in their own right or as the widow of a property owner.
        Another valuable source for filling in information about an ancestor is the land tax record, and especially the one for 1815. In that year, the enumerators began to add the location of the property in relation to the county court house. Roger Ward has abstracted all of the 1815 land tax records, and they are available from this publisher at www.iberian.com.This is especially important in the case of Cabell, which was a parent to all or part of eight West Virginia counties (Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Putnam, Mingo, Logan, Boone & Wyoming)
        The 1810 substitute census list for Cabell County contains 487 households, 524 tithables, both white and free black, and 122 slaves over the age of twelve, and 1,169 horses.

SURNAMES included in the 1810 personal property list are:
        Adams; Adkins; Aldridge; Allsbury; Amos; Amoss; Ansel; Armstrong; Artrip; Austin;

        Baker; Ball; Ballard; Barhart; Barnes; Barrett; Barton; Bartrum; Bartrurn; Bean; Beller; Bellowmy; Benson; Bias; Blankenship; Blew; Bloss ; Boalt; Boothe; Booton; Bostick; Boyd; Brammer; Brewer; Brian; Brown; Brumfield; Buffington; Burcham; Burns; Burris; Burton;

        Camell; Cardwell; Carter; Cartmill; Casey; Chapman; Christain; Clap; Clark; Clevenger; Collins; Comeans; Conly; Cornwell; Cox; Crump; Comeans;

        Damron; Dunbar; Daniel; Davidson; Davis; Dearing; Dennis; Dial; Dingess; Donathan; Douthit; Droddy; Dunkel; Durton;

        Elkins; Ellis; Ellison; Emmons; Epling; Erwin; Estell; Estes; Evans;

        Farler; Ferel; Ford; Forgey; Forguson; Forgy; France; Friley; Frily; Fudge; Fullerton; Fuson;

        Garrett; Gilkerson; Godby; Grant; Gray; Greenwood; Griffith; Guin; Gumby;

        Hagley; Halverson; Hampton; Haner; Haney; Hannon; Harbour; Harrison; Haskins; Hatcher; Hatfield; Hatton; Hauger; Hayman; Hazlet; Heath; Henry; Hervey; Higgins; Hillyard; Hisey; Hite; Hodge; Hogan; Holderbey; Holenback; Holland; Hollenbach; Hoskinson; Howard; Howe; Howel; Huddleston; Huggard; Hull; Hulman; Hutchison; Hutsan;

        Jarrott; Johnston; Jones; Jourdan; Jourden;

        Keesee; Kelly; Kilgore; Kirk;

        Lambert; Lankford; Lee; Lore; Love;

        Marcum; McComas; McCown; McCoy; McGinnis; McNealy; Meritt; Merritt; Miller; Moore; Morgan; Morris; Morrison; Mount; Muncey;

        Nance; Napper; Neal; Nelson; Newman; Nicolas; Nuil (Neal);

        Parsons; Paully; Payton; Peary; Perdew; Peters; Peyton; Phillips; Picket; Pine; Porter; Prate; Puthuff; Puzey;

        Randal; Rea; Read; Rece; Reuby; Rice; Rife; Riggs; Ripley; Robertson; Robinson; Roffe; Rogers; Russell; Rutherford;

        Salmons; Sample; Sansom; Saunders; Saxton; Scales; Scidmore; Shelton; Short; Simmons; Sirus; Slaughter; Smiley; Smith; Snell; Snodgras; Snodgrass; Southerland; Spears; Sperry; Spurlock; Stafford; Stallings; Stephens; Stephenson; Stewart; Stokes; Stone; Stout; Strupe; Swearingem; Syrus;

        Tally; Taylor; Taylor; Thompson; Tiller; Toney; Trent; Tule; Turly;

        Vaughan;

        Walker; Wallace; Walton; Ward; Ware; Wellman; White; Wilks; Williams; Williamson; Wilson; Wintz; Wishon; Witcher; Wood; Woodward; Woosely; Workman;

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CABELL COUNTY, [W] VIRGINIA MINUTE BOOK 3, 1826-1835 abstracted by Carrie Eldridge. 1994, iv, 323 pages, map. Cabell County was created in 1809 from the western part of Kanawha County. Minute Book 3 reproduces the daily court orders of the county for an important period in the growth of this part of Virginia along the Ohio.

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Cabell County, Virginia Minute Book 1, 1809-1815: Abstracts of the combined "First" Minute and Law Order Books 57 pages, maps, index.

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Cabell County, Virginia Deed Book 1, 1808-1814 1985, 55 pages, index. 8«x11.

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Cabell County, Virginia Deed Book 2, 1814-1819 1986, 66 pages, maps, index. 8«x11.

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Cabell County, Virginia Deed Book 3 (vols. 1 AND 2), 1819-1824 1988, 94 pages, index. 8«x11.

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Cabell County, Virginia Deed Book 4, 1824-1831 1990, 64 pages, maps, index. 8«x11.

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Cabell County, Virginia Deed Book 5, 1830-1835 1993,59 pages, maps, index. 8«x11.

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Cabell County, Virginia Will Book 1, 1820-1848 1989, 89 pages, map, index. 8«x11.

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Cabell County, Virginia Marriages, 1809-1850 47 pages, map. 8«x11.

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A Gazetteer of Extinct Towns in Cabell County, West Virginia 1982 (revised 1990). 21 pages, maps, 8«x11.

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Cabell Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 22 pages, map, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the 1815 LAND DIRECTORY Records and a listing of available counties, see: Individual County Booklets, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners
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