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Territorial Census, 1855, District 12
Authors: Twombly, B. H.
Date: January-February, 1855
This census was taken in order to determine eligible voters for elections to be held as proclaimed by Governor Andrew Reeder on November 10, 1854. The categories for information in the census were name, occupation, age, male, female, emigrated from, native of United States, naturalized citizen, declarant (intention to become a citizen), Negro, slave, and voter. Only white males over 21 were eligible to vote. The districts used for the census were the same as the election districts. A statistical summary of the census and alphabetical list of votes follows the enumeration pages. For District 12, the place of election was the house of R. C. Miller. The boundaries of each district were described in Governor Reeder's proclamation and it is difficult to determine what counties were in each district. The description of the Twelfth District follows: "Commencing at the mouth of Soldier's Creek; thence up said creek to the head of the main branch; thence due north to the northern line of the Territory; thence by the same west to the eastern line of the Eleventh District; thence south along the same to the head of the Vermillion River and down said river to the mouth thereof; thence down the north bank of the Kansas River to the place of beginning." The assessor gave a detailed description of the land where the people resided on the back of the page where they were listed and drew a map detailing the land included in District 11 and 12.

Keywords: Census; Fort Leavenworth Road; Marshall County, Kansas Territory; Miller, R. C.; Nemaha County, Kansas Territory; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph Road; St. Marys Mission; Twombly, B. H.


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