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  Territorial Census, 1855, District 15
Author: Jolly, H. B.
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 follows the enumeration pages. For District 15 the place of election was the house of Paschal Pensaneau, on the Fort Leavenworth and Oregon Rd. 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 Fifteenth District follows: "Commencing at the mouth of Salt Creek on the Missouri River; thence up said creek to the Military road, and along the middle of said road to the lower crossing of Stranger Creek; thence up said creek to the line of the late Kickapoo reservation, and thence along the southern and western line thereof to the line of the Fourteenth District; thence by the same, and down Independence Creek to the mouth thereof, and thence down the Missouri River to the place of beginning." There is a "list of qualified voters in the 15th District alleged to have been omitted from the census" following the enumeration pages. Districts 13 and 15 are included in one volume and are scanned as one as it is difficult to determine which entries are in what district.

Location of Original: KSHS Call Number: State Archives
Item Number: 102201 Number of images: 43
Keywords: Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Brown County, Kansas Territory; Census; Jolly, H. B.; Pensaneau, Paschal

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