Tax Lists and Records

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Tax Lists and Records

Collection Status: Open for Transcription

Transcription Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

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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Tax Lists, Beaufort County, 1755

Tax Lists, Beaufort County, 1755

32 pages: 100% transcribed, 9% needs review
Tax Lists, Beaufort County, 1764

Tax Lists, Beaufort County, 1764

12 pages: 100% transcribed, 58% needs review
Tax Lists, Beaufort County, 1789

Tax Lists, Beaufort County, 1789

16 pages: 101% transcribed, 38% needs review
Tax Lists, Caswell County, 1780

Tax Lists, Caswell County, 1780

12 pages: 100% transcribed, 75% needs review
Tax Lists, Cumberland County, 1767

Tax Lists, Cumberland County, 1767

16 pages: 101% transcribed, 13% needs review
Tax Lists, Dobbs County, 1769

Tax Lists, Dobbs County, 1769

60 pages: 100% transcribed, 5% needs review
Tax Lists, Martin County, 1779

Tax Lists, Martin County, 1779

16 pages: 101% transcribed, 88% needs review
Tax Lists, Moore County, 1815

Tax Lists, Moore County, 1815

19 pages: 100% transcribed, 100% needs review
Tax Lists, Pitt County, 1762

Tax Lists, Pitt County, 1762

54 pages: 100% transcribed, 39% needs review
Tax Lists, Pitt County, 1764

Tax Lists, Pitt County, 1764

48 pages: 101% transcribed, 38% needs review
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