1787 Census -- Virginia Census -- Special Accounting of Every White Male Tithable
Special Tax Enumeration
There was a law passed in October 1786 which mandated the 1787 personal property assessments in the State of Virginia (which included what now is West Virginia as well). Since a family would qualify to be tithable if they owned cattle or horses (or billiard tables!), Jesse should have been taxed if he had been living anywhere in Virginia in 1787. Jesse Britton and his family must be in Pennsylvania, confirmed by daughter Letitia Britton’s place of birth (~1787) as PA as answered on both her 1850 and 1860 census. I assume the family, consisting of 3-4 children, went back to Bucks County, PA, perhaps for family reasons. Jesse fought in the Revolution under Captain Robert Gibson, who died in 1788 (but neither Jesse nor Anna is mentioned in his will, unless the reference to Mary Britton is actually Anna). Thomas Gibson, unknown relationship (perhaps a brother to Anna?), is on the list for Frederick County, with 2 horses, and a Robert Gibson died in Frederick in 1783. And then there is a James Gibson living close to Jesse Britton in Bucks in 1790.
|1787 tax = Index with all Brittons - click for bigger image|
Date of receiving lists from
individuals: March 10, 1787
Persons names chargeable with tax:
1-# White males 16-21,
2-Blacks above 16,
3-Blacks under 16
4-horses, mares, colts and mules,
# of stud horses,
No Jesse Britton in Virginia in 1787 -- Only Brittons are: Charles, Isham, John, Lyddann and
William; No Jesse or Joseph.
No 1800 or 1810 census data available for Ohio.
For documentation on the census data (collection procedures, errors, availability, etc) refer to documentation.