Sixth Census of the United States, 1840


Sixth Census of the United States, 1840
Alternative Title
United States, Census Office, Population Schedules of the Sixth Census of the United States, 1840
United States. Census Office
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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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Acre, Robert Person
Adams, Robert Person
Alexander, James G. Person
Allen, Nancy Person
Allen, Streshley Person
Anderson, Elijah A. Person
Anderson, James A. Person
Aylor, Nancy Person
Bacon, John Glenn Person
Bainbridge, Erastus Person
Baker, Edwin Person
Balsley, George L., Sr. Person
Barker. Isaac, Sr. Person
Barkshire, Garrett W. Person
Barkshire, Jeremiah Person
Barkshire, Samuel Person
Barton, William [1] Person
Bates, Nancy Elizabeth Person
Beemon, Joshua Person
Berry, George H. Person
Blankenbaker, Ephraim Person
Botts, Rowland Person
Brady, John Person
Brann, Thomas M. Person
Brockman, Moses Person