Today I have an original 1819 tax receipt for Edward Barbour Edwards to share with you. Edward was my fourth great-grandfather, the eldest son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, born in Maryland, April 21, 1768. The family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, where Edward sold purchased from Elizabeth Pitzer in 1792, to George Smith in 1795. This was about the time he married Nancy Linton, daughter Captain John Linton and his wife Ann Mason.
Edward B. Edwards moved with his family to Washington County, Kentucky, in November of 1816 – two years before his father-in-law, John Linton, makes the move. On November 27, 1816, Edward B. Edwards made oath ‘he removed to Kentucky with intention to become a citizen, that he brought with him four slaves named Stephen, Hannah, Poland and Charles, and not with intent to sell.’ These must be the four Negro slaves he paid taxes on in the above tax receipt.
When Edward and Nancy Edwards moved to Washington County in 1816, they brought six children with them – Susan ( my third great-grandmother), the eldest, was 19, John was 16, Catherine was 12, Jonathan was 11, Benjamin was 7, and Mary Jane was 2. Two more children were born in Kentucky, Martha, the next year, 1817, and Sarah five years later.
Now let’s examine the tax receipt. There are three tithes at 62 1/2 cents each – Edward, son John and ? Perhaps a brother or nephew of Edward came to Kentucky with them. Edward owns four horses that are taxed, and 1,706 acres of 3 rate land. I’m not sure what that means – good or bad! A middle of the road standard? The total valuation is 18,960 dollars. I wish this number were broken down a bit more, but the total tax due was 13 dollars and 75 cents. Thomas Hind, D.S.W.C. signed the receipt for A. E. Gibbons, S.W.C.
On February 4th of last year I shared a tax receipt of Edward Barber Edwards from 1816 – for Loudoun County, Virginia. Click here to view that post.
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