The 1850 census of Lincoln County, Missouri was conducted by William Porter, Assistant Marshall, from 10 August 1850 to 20 November 1850. He was the named census-taker on all pages, all apparently in the same handwriting. Each page is individually dated and sequenced with the enumeration date and the progression of dates indicates completion of roughly 2 pages per day. I do not know if he did this all himself or if he had assistant(s). The free population in 1850 was 7,395.
Although the handwriting was generally very good and readable, there were certain letters that were very difficult to distinguish. This was a particular problem with middle initials where there was no surrounding context to help, although the first letters of a few surnames are also not absolutely certain. To further complicate the situation, it appears that the style for the same letter changed arbitrarily and dramatically. It is therefore possible that more than one person actually penned the final schedules.
These were the primary problem letter differentiation:
- Capital I, J, L, S were the major problem, especially I versus J and L versus S. - Lower case 'e' and 'i' but consistent in dotting the 'i's. - Capital T and F when used as first letter of a surname. - Occasionally capital P and B, and R and K. - Capital M and capital W occasionally.
So, middle initials of the above letters especially may not be correct and other sources should be consulted.
I initially attempted to verify some of the names with questionable letters to the 1860 - both in Lincoln Co. and elsewhere - but had virtually no success. Many families present in Lincoln County 1850 apparently were not present in 1860. I am not sure if they moved, if the spelling was really off or if there was a problem with 1860 census.
There is no identification of Townships or Post Offices. It is all "District No. 49." There is no printed "Page No. ____" field on the schedule. There are three different series of page numbers used in the 1850 census for Lincoln County.
Giles - see Jiles Phoebus - see Febus Kelling - Keeling? Guinn - Gwin? Brisco - see Briscoe Haslip - see Haislip Capps - see Cappe Seymour - see Semore Meadows - see Meddows Hunteman - Huntsman? Edleman vs. Edelman
The enumerator entered race only if non-white. ... I left blank for white, entered the code for non-white: "B" for Black.
Continuation of surnames and birthplaces was indicated on the schedules by ditto marks (").
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Prepared July, 2007 by Neal Underwood. All rights reserved. Specifically Authorized to post on the Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb/MOGenWeb site at: http://www.mogenweb.org/lincoln