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Does it say in the book how it was determined that the people listed were Free Negro?
To answer the second part of your query first.
Isaac Ellison is listed as a "Free Negro Head of Family" in the Carter G. Woodson book. He is listed as living in Mt. Washington, Bullitt County, KY. He is between the ages of 36-55 and there five (5) persons in his household. There is one (1) other FPOC listed for Bullitt County...a Cash Oldridge between ages 55-100 with 3 persons in his household.
As to the first part of your statement.
If you're looking at the 1830 Census on Ancestry. The name Isaac Ellison does appear under the Head of Houshold as the 8th person down on the page. And this page does state Free White Persons with the age breakouts for the persons in the household of the person named Head of Household. This is ONLY page #1 for the 1830 Census.
Notice on this page there is NO family information for Isaac Ellison. Click on the arrow for "NEXT". (menu line on Ancestry screen) That takes you to Page #2 of the Census record.
On Page #2 you will see the headings for slaves (male & female) & Free Colored Persons (male & female).
Count down 8 lines which will match you up to Isaac Ellison on Page #1. There are 3 females listed under the Slave header, 2 under 10 yrs. of age & 1 between 36 & 55. The Free Colored Persons has 2 males between the age of 36 & 55 ..giving a total of 5 persons in the houshold... same count as in Dr. Woodson's book.
I would surmise that these 5 folks consist of Isaac Ellison, a wife and 3 children. Why the females are listed under the Slave header I have no idea.
But the point is..... your Isaac Ellison is listed in both Woodson's book and the 1830 Census as an FPOC.
How it was determined that the people listed were Free Negroes?
From the FOREWORD of the book:
Hope this answers your questions.
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