The total free population enumerated in the Lincoln County, Missouri 1860 census was 11,378. The Slave schedule count was 2,858 for a total population of 14,236.
The enumeration dates were from June 1, 1860 to August 31, 1860 by Jno. B. Britton, Assistant Marshall. Roughly two to three pages, or 80-120 names were completed each day. Given the primitive circumstances (distance, riding by horseback, re-writing field lists, etc.), I suspect he had helpers.
The electronic images of the census schedules were very clean, clear and bright. The handwriting generally was good and easily decipherable, and all pages appeared to have been written by the same person. Occasionally the writing was tiny and compressed and presented difficulties. Unfortunately many of those instances involved the "oddball" surnames. Particular writing interpretation problems were some of the Prussian and Bohemian names, especially the long ones. Those were very difficult to decipher. I suspect the census taker himself was not always sure about them. I attempted to trace some questionable surnames to prior or subsequent censuses but generally had little success. Families seemed to come out of nowhere and then just disappear. This search included using very clearly-written given names with age and birthplace. The surnames simply couldn't be found.
The schedule pages each contained 40 lines; some pages did not fill all lines. Also, the enumerator specifically listed and numbered unoccupied dwellings. Consequently, the record count for the Schedule File will be larger than the actual population count due to inclusion of lines for unoccupied houses and blank lines.
There are three different sets of page numbers used in the 1860 census for Lincoln County.
See later table of Township Page Number Counts for page number exceptions.
There were numerous gaps and duplications in the sequences of dwelling and family visitation numbers. I could not discern a pattern. Occasionally a series of numbers was duplicated or not used. Other times duplications or skips with a single number. I just transcribed as listed and what you see is what was written. Sorting was acomplished using page and line number.
Alternatives: Dawson - see also Dorson? Estes - see also Estis Janes - see also Jones Jones - see also Janes and Joans Writing of these appeared clear and were transcribed as written. Still may be mis-interpretation. Koester - see Custer Mabry - see also Mayberry O'Bannon - see Oblannon Ray - see also Roy Roberson - See Robinson Robinson - see Roberson Roy - see also Ray Shields - see also Shealds Unknown oddballs: Fentern Flumer Pearn ? One family. Some letters smudged. Pears? Reyns (Raines?)
"Byron" - Unknown. Possibly Bayern, Germany. "Slasing" - Unknown. One family. Possibly Germany. "Leeper" - Unknown. Nine individuals. Maybe Leipzig? "Hannover" - 66 individuals. Province in Germany. In external sources this may be spelled Hannover or Hanover.
Keep in mind that Germany did not become a united country until 1871.
The enumerator entered race only if non-white. I left blank for white, entered the code for non-white: "B" for Black and "M" for Mulatto.
|Township Page Numbers|
|Clark||33||001-033||1 June - 13 June|
|Bedford||31||033-063||14 June - 26 June|
|Troy (Vill.)||11||064, 066-075||27 June - 30 June|
|Monroe||52||076-111,113-128||2 July - 19 July|
|Hurricane||67||129-195||20 July - 9 Aug|
|Union||25||197-221||11 Aug - 15 Aug|
|Waverly||26||222-233,235-248||18 Aug - 20 Aug|
|Millwood||28||249-276||21 Aug - 31 Aug|
|Prairie||18||277-292, 297-298||27 Aug - 30 Aug|
|Truxton||4||293-296||29 Aug - 29 Aug|
|Population Count by Birthplace|
|Europe - Germany|
|Europe - Other|
Prepared January, 2008 by Neal Underwood. All rights reserved. Explicitly authorized to post on the Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb/MOGenWeb site at http://www.mogenweb.org/lincoln