Census/Tax Lists , Pre-U.S. Civil War

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A cousin of mine found someone listed on a tax list who should have been only 7 years old. If a child had been left a slave or property, would they be listed on the tax list or would the guardian?  I've never seen a child on a tax list so I have no idea!

in Genealogy Help by Summer Orman G2G6 Mach 8 (84.6k points)
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Are you sure that the person on the list wasn't an adult with the same name?
No, I am not sure actually....In fact, I believe that was the case. But she doesn't. I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever seen that. It just seems odd, to me.

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Well, before 1850, only the head of household was listed on census and tax rolls. In colonial VA and early statehood, a male under 16 was not taxed. Over 16 was. females living in the household were not taxed. However, an unmarried woman as head of household was. And a Taxed person regardless of sex was supposed to have the right to vote. A married woman could not enter into contract with her husbands approval, an unmarried woman could.  And a child under a certain age could not own property. It was held by a guardian.
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 5 (50.2k points)
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Thanks for that enlightening information, Lynette!!

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