CAROLINE COUNTY, VIRGINIA 1850 CENSUS,
transcribed by Mark Anderson Sprouse. 1997, iv, 182
Caroline County Virginia was formed in 1727 from parts of Essex, King and
Queen and King William Counties. It is a strategic county for geneologists because of its
location. Many colonial Virginia ancestors settled or "passed through" Caroline. The
1850 Caroline County Census was enumerated by Thomas T. Chandler. Mr. Chandler's
work has numerous legibility and spelling "problems," as well as what appears to be a few
bonifide errors. Mr. Chandler must be forgiven. How was he to know that as he traveled
the roads of 1850 Caroline, that every letter he put down would be under extreme
scrutiny by future researchers. Chandler's writing is often difficult to discern as t's are
uncrossed confusing them with unlooped l's, a's are not closed and might be u's, i's are
often not dotted and can't be distinguished from unlooped e's and similar problems. Even
more frustrating for me were the names that were clear but didn't really make sense; as
letters seem to be excluded or extra ones added. An example of this would be the
several families that have different spelling within the household such as # 897 with
"Bird" and "Byrd" or # 1014 with "Garnet" and "Garnett". In the case of the few names
that really didn't fit, the transcriber entered it as it appears in the census unless he could
find the spelling for that specific name in at least two other sources. Readers are
reminded that the burden of proof remains on the researcher and therefore consult the
original record when in doubt.
CENSUS COLUMN LEGEND
(Left to Right)
- Dwelling houses numbered in the order of visitation (Not shown in this book)
- Families numbered in the order of visitation
- The Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June
1850, was in this family.
- Color (White, black, or mulatto)
- Profession, Occupation or Trade of each Male Person over 15 years of age.
- Value of Real Estate
- Place of birth, naming the state, territory, or country.
- Married within the year, attended school within the year, persons over 20 years
of age who cannot read or write.
- Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, or pauper.
CAROLINE COUNTY COURT RECORDS, 1742-1833 AND MARRIAGES, 1782-1810
by William Lindsay Hopkins. 197 pages, index. A valuable collection considering the great loss of
documentation suffered by this county. Caroline County was established in 1728 from the upper
portions of Essex, King and Queen, and King William counties. Some further territory from King
and Queen County was added in 1742 and 1762. There have been no further boundary changes
since then.MEN IN GRAY INTERMENTS series
Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812
Chart on the Formation of Virginia Counties
Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895
Index to the 1810 Virginia Census
Caroline Co. 1815 Directory of Landowners
by Roger G. Ward. 2005. 26 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
Caroline Co. Revolutionary Public Claims
transcribed by Janice L. Abercrombie and Richard Slatten.. 2005. 100 pages, 5 1/2X8 1/2.
For a full description of the Virginia Revolutionary Public Claims and a listing of available counties, see:
Revolutionary "Publick" Claims series
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