Sixth Census of the United States, 1840



Sixth Census of the United States, 1840

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United States, Census Office, Population Schedules of the Sixth Census of the United States, 1840


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From, "This database details those persons enumerated in the 1840 United States Federal Census, the Sixth Census of the United States. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to the actual images of the 1840 Federal Census, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm, M704, 580 rolls. Each name is associated with two images as the 1840 census schedule was two pages long. Be sure to view the image on which you find your ancestor's name as well as the following image, which should be the continuing census page, in order to obtain all possible information about your ancestor.
Enumerators of the 1840 census were asked to include the following categories in the census: name of head of household; number of free white males and females in age categories: 0 to 5, 5 to 10, 10 to 15, 15 to 20, 20 to 30, 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 60 to 70, 70 to 80, 80 to 90, 90 to 100, over 100; the name of a slave owner and the number of slaves owned by that person; the number of male and female slaves and free "colored" persons by age categories; the number of foreigners (not naturalized) in a household; the number of deaf, dumb, and blind persons within a household; and town or district, and county of residence.

Additionally, the 1840 census, asked for the first time, the ages of revolutionary war pensioners and the number of individuals engaged in mining, agriculture, commerce, manufacturing and trade, navigation of the ocean, navigation of canals, lakes and rivers, learned professions and engineers; number in school, number in family over age twenty-one who could not read and write, and the number of insane. The categories allowed Congress to determine persons residing in the United States for collection of taxes and the appropriation of seats in the House of Representatives."
NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls. Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
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Title Alternate label Class
Burton, William S. Source(s) Person
Stuck, Henry S. Source(s) Person
Carpenter, Jeremiah Source(s) Person
Carpenter, William H. Source(s) Person
Carpenter, Jonathan Source(s) Person
Allen, Nancy Source(s) Person
Corbin, Benjamin Source(s) Person
Crawford, John H. Source(s) Person
Conner, Paschal Source(s) Person
Blankenbaker, Ephraim Source(s) Person
Parker, Richard, Jr. Source(s) Person
Wayman, Washington Source(s) Person
Carpenter, Augustus Source(s) Person
Senour, Adam Source(s) Person
Berry, George H. Source(s) Person
Whitaker, William Source(s) Person
Dawley, Delaware Source(s) Person
Cloud, Peggy Ann Source(s) Person
Dougherty, Levi Source(s) Person
Kyle, Jane Source(s) Person
Drinkard, Joshua Source(s) Person
Eldridge, N. Source(s) Person
Foster, George [1] Source(s) Person
Foster, Jedediah Source(s) Person
Frazier, Joel B. Source(s) Person