First Census Day

Francis marion

General Francis Marion in the 1790 census lists him living in the St. Johns section of Charleston, SC. No persons under 16 are listed (because of high mortality?) and he had 194 slaves.

It was 223 years ago this week that the first census of the United States was taken in 1790.  The population of the US at the time was 3,929,214, which is about the population of Los Angeles, CA.

The census until 1850 only listed the head of household by name, but it is still very useful for history and genealogy.

This is what it consisted of

  • Name and Head of Household (first and last name)
  • Number of Free White Males aged 16 and up
  • Number of Free White Males under the age of 16
  • Number of Free White Females
  • Number of all other Free persons
  • Number of Slaves
    Source My Heritage Blog
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