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Loudoun County, Virginia, Personal Property…

Loudoun County, Virginia, Personal Property Tax List 1782-1850

by Patricia B. Duncan

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0788433199, CD-ROM)

n 1782 the General Assembly of Virginia enacted a major revision of the Commonwealth's tax laws. The act provided for statewide enumeration of the county level of certain personal property and land. It also created a permanent source of revenue for the operation of government in Virginia. This CD contains an abstract of the auditor's copy of the Loudoun County, Virginia personal property tax lists from 1782-1850. The entries appear in the same order as presented on the lists. They were grouped by first letter of surname, but not in strict alphabetical order. Loudoun was divided into two or three districts, or battalions, for the purpose of recording names and collecting taxes. A search should be done on all three lists for any given year. Information recorded in Virginia personal property tax records changed gradually from 1782 to 1865. The early laws required the tax commissioner in each district to record the names of the persons chargeable with the tax, the names of white male tithables over the age of 21, the number of white male thithables between 16 and 21; the number of slaves both above and below 16, various types of animals such as horses and cattle, carriage wheels, ordinary licenses and even billiard tables. These taxable items and assets remained substantially the same until the twentieth century, with one significant change. The abolition of slavery meant that male African-Americans, age 21 and above, were taxed by name for the first time in 1866. The book is completely searchable. It is intended to look like a "real" book. Numerous electronic bookmarks have been added which make it easy to move through the book. Image numbers will match the page numbers for all of the main text, as well as the index. 2004, CD, Searchable, Adobe Acrobat, PC and Mac, 2089 pp.

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