An Act to Provide for Taking the Census in 1867

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Florida in General Assembly convened, That the Tax assessors and collectors of the several counties in this State be, and they are hereby constituted and appointed takers of the census of inhabitants of their respective counties for the year eighteen hundred an sixty-seven.

Section 2. Be it further enacted, That the said Tax assessors and collectors shall proceed to make enumeration of all the inhabitants of their respective counties, distinguishing the white inhabitants and persons of color therein residing, and making a list or statement in duplicate, accurately prepared, of such inhabitants and such enumeration on—one copy of which list shall be filed in the office of the Judge of Probate of the respective counties, and the other returned to the Secretary of State.

Section 3. Be it further enacted, That the said enumeration shall be made, and the return thereof made to the Secretary of State by said takers of the census, on or before the first day of September, A. D. 1867, and as compensation for their services under this Act, the said census takes shall receive ten cents per capita for the first thousand inhabitants, and six cents for all over one thousand and under three thousand, and four cents for all over three thousand; and for all counties having less than five hundred inhabitants sixteen cents for each inhabitant, which amount shall be paid in each case by warrant of the completion, upon certificate of the Secretary of State, that the duties required by the said takers of the census have been discharged properly, and the returns made to his office according to law.

Section 4. Be it further enacted, That for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act, the sum of ten thousand dollars is hereby appropriated, and the Secretary of State shall, under the direction of the Governor, furnish suitable printed forms to the census takers, herein provided for, which forms shall give such direction as to the particulars of the enumerations herein provided for, as may by the Governor be deemed proper and expedient, and which forms and directions shall in all respects be accurately observed by said census takers, I making such enumerations.

Section 5. Be it further enacted, That if any Tax Assessor shall wilfully [sic] fail, refuse or neglect to perform any of the duties imposed by this Act, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be subject to a fine of not less than one thousand dollars, at the discretion of the Court.

Passed the Senate December 6, 1866.

Passed the House of Representatives December 12, 1866.

Approved by the Governor December 13, 1866.


1. The books have been prepared with a mean to distinguish the white inhabitants and persons of color, as the law directs.

  1. The name of the head of every family in the county, and those who live to themselves, whether white or colored, must be taken down in writing.

  1. The figures in each column must be added up; but those under the head “between 18 and 45,” should not be carried into the total number of inhabitants, as these are included in the previous columns.

  1. One copy of the books of enumeration must be returned to the office of the Secretary of State by the first day of September, A. D. 1867, and sooner if practicable. The census taker must make oath before the Judge of Probate of his county, or some other person authorized to administer oaths and subscribe the same at the end or bottom of the enumeration, that to the best of his belief the enumeration is correct.

PAGE 1—Colored Inhabitants

A = Males over 21

B = Males under 21

C = Females over 18

D = Females under 18

E = Total inhabitants

F = Males between 18 and 45


Leon Hawthorn 2 2

Robt. Hines 1 3 2 6

Richard Hines 1 1 2 1

Fancy Spear 1 1 1

Osring W. 1 1 1 3 1

H. Whitaker 2 2 1 3 8 2

Wm. Maybry 1 1 1

Geo. Montgomery 1 1 2 1

Nathan Bland 1 1

D. Daniels 1 1 3 5 1

? Bruce 1 1 3 5 1

Paul 1 1 1 1 4 1

W. Williams 1 1 1

H. Barrow 1 1 1

Harrison Hurson 1 1 1

Ruskin Williams 1 1 1

Elbert Walker 1 1 1

Wilson Lewis 1 1 1

Fred Jackson 1 1 1

Randal Williams 1 1 1

Henry Furbisk 1 1 1

R. Jackson 1 1 1

Peter Dixon 1 1 1 1 4 1

Harriet Brown 2 2 4

W. Linsey 1 1 1 3 1

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