Chester County, South Carolina 1850 Census Index
This database details those persons enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Copies of the original 1850 census for Chester County, South Carolina, come from the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm roll M432_851.
For the first time in the history of the United States census, enumerators of the 1850 census were instructed to record the names of every person in the household. Added to this, enumerators were presented with printed instructions, which account for the greater degree of accuracy compared with earlier censuses. Enumerators were asked to include the following categories in the census: name; age as of the census day; sex; color; birthplace; occupation of males over age fifteen; value of real estate; whether married within the previous year; whether deaf-mute, blind, insane, or "idiotic", were a pauper or a convict; whether able to read or write for individuals over age twenty; and whether the person attended school within the previous year. No relationships were shown between members of a household. The categories allowed Congress to determine persons residing in the United States for collection of taxes and the appropriation of seats in the House of Representatives.
The official enumeration day of the 1850 census was 1 June 1850. All questions asked were supposed to refer to that date. The following databases have all questions asked of the census taker. Excluded, for sake of space are the street address/house number and line number. As always, refer to the original documents for accuracy.