Tax Lists and Records

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Tax Lists and Records

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About the Collection

The Tax Lists and Records collection features tax records from the holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina drawn from General Assembly, Treasurer & Comptroller, and Secretary of State records. The bulk of the records are from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras, but some lists date from as late as 1809. Each set of tax records includes slightly different information. References to “polls” below relate to poll taxes, a tax of a fixed amount levied on adult males, female heads of households, and slaves.

Lists sent to the General Assembly are from various counties and give the names of the heads of households and others who were subject to taxation. Horses, cattle, livestock, and other luxury goods such as carriages and coaches are also often referenced. Information about slaves may also be present in these lists.

Tax records sent to the State Treasurer or Comptroller relate to the settlement of accounts between local officials and the state. These records generally include the names of the heads of households, acreage, valuation, and number of polls in the household (black and white). Horses, cattle, livestock, and other luxury goods such as carriages and coaches are also frequently referenced.

Thirty-four tax lists from the Secretary of State records list households subject to taxation in fifteen counties. Information in these records generally includes the name of the head of household, acreage, valuation, and number of polls in household (black and white).

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General_Assembly_101_1_Tax_Lists_Camden_1790

General_Assembly_101_1_Tax_Lists_Camden_1790

Tax Lists, Camden County, 1790

42 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
General_Assembly_11_1_Tax_Lists_Granville_1771

General_Assembly_11_1_Tax_Lists_Granville_1771

Tax Lists, Granville County, 1771

51 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
General_Assembly_30_1_Tax_Lists_New_Bern_1779

General_Assembly_30_1_Tax_Lists_New_Bern_1779

Tax Lists, New Bern District, 1779

Collaboration is restricted.

12 pages: 8% complete (16% transcribed, 8% needs review)
General_Assembly_30_1_Tax_Lists_Warren_1779

General_Assembly_30_1_Tax_Lists_Warren_1779

Tax Lists, Warren County, 1779

34 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
General_Assembly_46_1_1_Tax_Lists_Granville_1780

General_Assembly_46_1_1_Tax_Lists_Granville_1780

Tax Lists, Granville County, 1780

48 pages: 93% complete (98% transcribed, 4% needs review)
General_Assembly_46_1_2_Tax_Lists_Northampton_1780

General_Assembly_46_1_2_Tax_Lists_Northampton_1780

Tax Lists, Northampton County, 1780

Collaboration is restricted.

40 pages: 7% complete (8% transcribed)
Secretary_of_State_837_2_Tax_Lists_Pasquotank_1754

Secretary_of_State_837_2_Tax_Lists_Pasquotank_1754

Tax Lists, Pasquotank County, 1754

18 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
TreasurersComptrollers_TaxLists_Box1_Orange_1755

TreasurersComptrollers_TaxLists_Box1_Orange_1755

Tax Lists, Orange County, 1755

23 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
TreasurersComptrollers_TaxLists_Box8_Warrenton_1795

TreasurersComptrollers_TaxLists_Box8_Warrenton_1795

Tax Lists, Warrenton (Warren County), 1795

4 pages: 100% complete (100% transcribed)
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