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The Complete 1850 Scott County Virginia Census

The Complete
1850 Scott County Virginia Census

Transcription by Pat Drake (Copyright ©2000)

It's Finished!

Special thanks to Bernice, who proof-read every page. It was a big project and without her help I would have never finished. Thanks to Mary who helped decipher some of the names that were almost impossible to read. Thank you to every one who wrote words of encouragement, you kept me motivated! And also to my dear mother, who's family lead me to Scott County and all the nice folks I have encountered along the way.

Inspired by many of my ancestors, who were born, grew up, married,
raised families, died and are buried in Scott County,
and by Brain Caudill's wonderful 1850 Letcher County KY Census Page.

See also the Scott County Virginia Faces and Places Website, full of photos, documents and family history files that have been
donated by people like you that are researching their family lines in Scott County.

The census records I have transcribed have been saved in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The PDF format is modeled after the PostScript language and is device and resolution independent. These census pages in the PDF format can be viewed, navigated and printed from a workstation using the freely available Acrobat Reader software from Adobe Systems Inc. Versions of Acrobat Reader run on DOS, Windows, Macintosh and Unix systems.

You need to have Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or better installed on your computer to view the census pages. If you are having trouble, try starting Acrobat Reader first, then start your web Browser and go to the census pages. There seems to be some kind of conflict between some of the different versions of Reader and Internet Explorer. If that doesn't work, drop me a note, I will be happy to help if I can.

Get Acrobat Reader

These records have been put online for free use by the public. The information these
records contain is PUBLIC DOMAIN, but the format they have been put
in belongs to me and is protected by COPYRIGHT.
Please feel free to save, print and use them for your genealogical research, but they are
If you see these pages on the internet, anywhere other than Freepages at, please send me an EMAIL.

There are 228 individual pages in this census, they are numbered from 350a to 463b. Each link below contains both the "a" and "b" pages. The name index contains all of the names in the census, not just the head of the household. Every attempt has been made to transcribe these census records EXACTLY as they are given in the original, mispellings and all. If you see a mistake, it could me mine or Mr. Shoemaker's (the enumerator). Remember that this is my interpretation of Mr. Shoemaker's intrepretaion. It is recommended that you refer to the actual census records and come to your own conclusions.

If you cannot find someone, make sure to check any alternate spelling of their surname. I have found one of my surnames spelled nine different ways!

Please read my Transcription Notes before continuing......
Thank you, Pat

I have started adding email links to people researching the surnames that are in this census.
Check out the Surname Page to find these links and for information on how to have your email link added.

Go to the Name Index,
Download the Index in a .pdf file

Go straight to the Pages

350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359
360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369
370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379
380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389
390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399
400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409
410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419
420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429
430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439
440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449
450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459
      460 461 462 463      

it's private

Transcription Notes

Page Format: In the original schedules, there were 13 columns with line numbers down each margin of the page.
An explanation of each of the original columns, with my column heading in parethesis, is as follows:

      Line Number (LN): In the original schedules there were line numbers down each margin of the page, I have listed them in the first column.

1.   Dwelling-houses numbered in the order of visitation (HN).

2.   Families numbered in the order of visitaion. IMPORTANT NOTE: In each case the Dwelling number and the Family number were the same in this census, so to save space I have eliminated the Family Number column from my pages.

3.   The Name of every Person whose usual place of abode on the first day of June, 1850 was in this family (LAST NAME) (FIRST NAME). I have made these entries into two columns for indexing purposes.

4.   Age (AGE) The age of every person in years. If age was less than 1 year, it was noted in a fraction, where 3/12 would equal 3 months of age.

5.   Sex (SEX)

6.   Color {white, black or mulatto} (RACE) Most spaces in this column were blank, indicating white, B indicating black, and M indicating mulatto.

7.   Profession, Occupation or Trade of each Male Person over 15 years of age (OCCUP.)

8.   Value of real estate owned (VAL.)

9.   Place of Birth, Naming the State, Territory or Country (B/PL)

10. Married within the year (MRD)

11. Attended School within the year (SCH)

12. Persons over 20 years of age who cannot read & write (R/W)

13. Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper or convict (DDB)

Mr. Shoemaker's handwriting is generally very clear, most of his letters were distinct and fairly consistent. However, it took me a little while to learn to distinguish his capital "S" and capital "L", they are alsmost identical. In some names it was fairly obvious, like in the name Samuel, but in the surname Letture, it was a little more difficult. He sometimes also changed his style of letters between first and last names, givng the first letter of the surname a little more flourish. Certain numbers were sometimes hard to distinguish. Many times 6's looked like 0's and vice versa.


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