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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Freedman's tax digest....

Hello list, I 've just located my ancestor Nat Hurd in an 1878 tax
digest, in the racially separate "freedman" book, used for the
emmancipated. There is a list of employers, then half a dozen or so freedmen
listed with him, showing the names of employees. My ancestor is one of those
employees, and owned $75.00 worth of cattle, horses and mules, and was
taxed $1.55 for them, Nat Hurd had no entries in the real estate owned
section, just the animals.

My question is, basically, what does this all mean? There are 7
freedmen working for Albert Foster. Each of these men own and are taxed on
various things: plantation tools, household and kitchen furniture,
horses, mules and cattle. Do these men own these tools and cattle, and are
using them to work on Albert Foster's land?
Is that sharecropping? Those at the local Family History Library do
not know.

Any and all suggestions welcomed. I'd love to know how to appreciate
this record.

Thanks.
April.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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