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Interesting Breakdown of Race in 1880 Census

I came across the strangest listing for one of the families I am researching, and wonder if anyone else has ever seen this.

1880 Nash County,North Carolina,Bailey Twp.,Dist.178,Image 6, #56/57:.
AB RICHERSON - W=7/8, IND =1/8 - M - 58 - M -FARMER - NC NC NC
JANE RICHERSON(wife)- W=7/8, IND =1/8 - F- 56 - M -KEEPING HOUSE- NC NC NC
CLARY RICHERSON(dau)- W= 7/8, IND =1/8 - F - 15 -S - WORKS ON FARM -NC NC NC
WM. L. RICHERSON(son)- W=7/8, IND=1/8 -M - 13 - S - WORKS ON FARM-NC NC NC
FRANCES EATMAN (dau)- W=7/8, IND=1/8 -F - 30 -M - NC NC NC
JANE NICY (gr-dau) - W - F - 6 - S - NC NC NC
MARK E. EATMAN(gr-son)-W - M - 4 -S - NC NC NC
EMERSON EATMAN(gr-son)-W- M - 2 -2 - NC NC NC

(note, for clarity, I spelled out "IND", where the page indicated "I" in the listing)

This looks like someone took the time to acknowledge the actual breakdown of the percentage of "white" and "Indian" for each individual. This same family's race was enumerated all over the place in succeeding census, white, mulatto, Indian and Negro in varying years. The interesting part is that the RICHARDSON family in North Carolina has mostly been identified as being of Native American heritage, and I found this breakdown only in this one Township in North Carolina. This kind of breakdown in the census records would sure have been welcomed by researchers of this family and it seems someone back then sure asked a lot of questions of the population in their route.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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