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Convis Township Tax Assessment Rolls

 
Calhoun County Genealogical Society member Norm Walters unearthed an old ledger book containing Tax Assessment Rolls for the years 1855 and 1866 for Convis Township.  This book was literally salvaged from the garbage dump.  It has provided me with one of my most interesting and aromatic transcribing projects!

NOTES:  The ledger book had a considerable amount of damage, and some of the entries were water-spotted or faded beyond legibility.  I consulted the 1877 History of Calhoun County and the Convis Township Cemetery Records for help in interpreting names.

The Section column indicates the section a person was paying taxes on within Convis Township.  The Acres column is the corresponding number of acres.  Note that a person may have owned land in more than one section.  For example, Mrs. E. Baldwin owned 81 acres in section 26, and 80 acres in section 35.  Mr. Alex Gordon owned parcels of 160, 148 and 69 acres in section 18, and parcels of 40 and 80 acres in section 20.  When multiple properties were owned, they are separated by a semi-colon. 

 

1855 Tax Assessment Roll

Taxpayer                   Section              Acres
Allen, ?                   Illegible            Illegible
Andrus, Ira                Illegible            Illegible
B__hill, Ezra              33,34                40,80
Baldwin?, Mrs. E.          26,35                81,80
Beers, Isaac               29                   60
Bently, Joseph             32,33                160,160
Brown, Luther J.           26 or 28             65
Brown, William             28                   15
Brown?, Ezekiel H.         21                   160
Bryant, James              31                   80,24,40
Buchannon, Wm.             9,10                 40,40
Burch, Wyatt               31                   149
Burlingham, F. D.          13                   80
Cadwell, Milton            13,25,35             40,25,35
Calender, D.S.             17,19                60,25
Callender, Edwin           29                   139
Camp, George               34                   80
Carney, Michael            29                   40
Carver, Dennis             23                   77
Carver, Salmon             10                   320
Chapin, J.C.               35                   120
Chapman, W. B.             24                   40
Chidester, Nathan          19                   69,80,160
Cleaveland, Leonard        32                   200
Clute, Mrs. A.             23,36                40,40
Conklin, Lawrence          13                   40
Connell?, Mrs. Abigail     12                   40
Cooley, Almon              15                   80
Cooley, Levi               21                   2
Cooly, Warren              21                   78
Corey, Lanson?             29                   60
Crawford, J. M. "occupant" 4                    80
Crawford, John M.          3                    80
Crowell?, Chris            Illegible            Illegible
Crowell?, Christopher      1                    180
Curry, Anthony             14                   120
Demott, Andrew             28,29                80,80
Demott, Charles            16                   40
Dennison, Ethan            25,36                80,40
Detterick, Geo.            9                    80,80
Detterick, Vincent         16                   80,40
Doty, Edward               16,21                40,25
Doty, Silas                21                   135
Dougherty, John            3                    40,20
Dubois, Golette            10                   40
Eaton, C. R.               34                   60
Eaton, Levi                33                   80,80,40
Ellis, John T.             8                    160
Everts, John               29                   40,40
Finch, Elias               5                    80,20
Fitch, Darius              No property listed   ---
Fitch, Mrs. R.             24                   40
Flinn, Timothy             2                    40
Frost, Isaac               29,32                40,80
Fuller, Peter F.           23                   40
Garfield, Martin           9                    80,40,30
Goe?ey, Andrew?            27                   40
Goe?ey, D. P.              28                   120
Gordon, Alex               18,20                160,148,69; 40,80
Goss, William              7,17                 160,100,120; 40
Goucher, Orman             33                   80
Green, A. B.               36                   40,20
Greenman, Edward           29                   40,40
Grinnell, Ezra             4,5,9                40,80,80
Grinnell, H.               2                    20,102
Guile, Joab                8                    80
H__tie, John               32,33                80,80
Haigh, James               22,23                40,50,3; 40,2
Hamilton, James            6                    94
Harris, Dickey             9                    40
Hawkins, Asahel            27,34                40,80; 80
Hayward, Jasper            34,35                80,160
Henderson, John            16                   40
Herrinton, Elisha          13                   80
Hill, William              11                   80
Hinman?, Sherman           11                   40,40
Hod__man, Jonathan         6                    58
Hodskin, H. G.             31                   40
Holden, G. F.              17                   40
Holden, H. F.              5                    80,40
Holden, H.F. "Occupant"    5                    80,20
Hollister, C. B.           7                    80
Huggett, Thomas            6                    80,40
Hughes, H. F.              8                    160
Hull, Nelson               26                   80
Huston, & Co.              14                   71
Johnson, William           29                   40
June, A., Agent            23                   80
June, Alvin                14                   1
June, Benjamin             14                   3,39
Kennedy, Timothy           11                   37
Kinch, Chris               25                   40
King, John                 24,28                160,160
Kinyon, William            12                   169
Lausigannan, P.            2                    40
Lawrence, I. M.            16                   80
Leonard, Michael           No property listed   ---
Loomis, George R.          Illegible            Illegible
Loomis, Guy W.             11                   110
Loomis, James              14,23,27             40,80; 80; 75
Lusigannan, F.             No property listed   ---
Magin, Patrick             11                   40
Markham, John              31                   68,31
Mayo, James                19                   68,110
McDaniel, Arthur           36                   40
Mills, J. W.               34                   20
Moffitt, John              14                   69
Monk, John                 25,36                80,40,40,40; 25
Monk, Mrs. Jemima          36                   20
More, Thomas               16                   80
Murry, James               2                    82
N_____, Samuel             24,25,26,35          40,80,79,80
  per descendant Judy Veenstra, this is Samuel Nar(r)amore.
Nickerson, Ebenezer        20                   80
Nickerson, Jacob           20,21                80,80
P_______, Orlando          3                    59
Palmiter, Alonzo           19                   61
Palmiter, Enos             19                   22,22
Palmiter, Noble B.         21                   80
Parker, Lemuel             29                   20
Parker, Nathan P.          28                   80
Perry, Joab                3                    101
Potter, Francis M.         11                   50
Potter, Harvey C.          26,36                80,40
R______, Matthew           22                   40
Racey, O.C.                3                    100
Reese, Helmuth             8                    80
Richardson, George         17                   80,40
Robinson, David            1                    80,40
Rood, John K.              10                   80,40
Ryan, Thomas               1                    40
S?dy, Jabez                13                   40
S?mmons, J. W.             13                   80
Scott, David               26                   80
Sellers, Solomon           9                    80
Sharpsteen, Daniel         30                   150,160,73,43
Shepherd, C. L.            30                   80
Shepherd, E. & C.L.        30                   40
Shepherd, Ephraim          31                   75
Shipman, A. W.             31                   120
Shipp, Thomas              36                   80
Smith, Jesse               31,32                80
Smith, William             33                   80
Snyder, Julia Ann          31,32                80,40
Sprague, Vedder            32                   80
St_____, Ansel             33                   80
Sturdivant, Lewis          13,24                40,40
Sweet, Clark               15,22                80; 80,25
Thomas, Leonard            4,10                 80,80
Thomas, Maynard            4                    80
Upright, George N.         28                   80
V_____, James              Illegible            80
V______, Bloom             No property listed   ---
V______, James             Illegible            80
VanNess, Henry?            No property listed   ---
VanOcker, Andrew           7,17,18              40,100,160
VanOcker, William          18                   80
Walkingshaw, James         8,9,16,17            40,80; 40; 40; 80,40
Wallace, Matthew           16                   40,40
Warner, Horace D.          8,9                  40,40
Waterbury, Jehial          7                    40
Wells, James               16,17,20             40,80,80
Wells, Samuel P.           17                   80
Whedon?, Elijah            23                   80
White, Reuben B.           16,27                40; 80,40
Willis, Thomas J.          4                    21,80
Wood, David                33,34                121,60
Wood, Lewis                34                   80
Woodcock, Daniel           36                   40
Woodcock, Isaac B.         36                   40,60,40
Convis, May 19, 1855
John ? Ellis, Supervisor
J. Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
A. K. Stanton
 

1866 Tax Assessment Roll

Tax Payer                 Section      Acres- To be completed later
Ashley, John              33, 31
Ackley, Charles           3,2
Ackley, George            3
Aley, James               23
Allen, Roaney B.          23
Andrus, Ira               28, 27
Archer, _ Robinson        6
Archer, Patrick           6
Armstrong, A.             ?
Austin, _el B.            22
Austin, David             19
Austin, Eldridge          34
Avery, George S           10
Bailey,                   14
Baldwin, Mrs. E.          35, 26
Baldwin, Wm. E.           13
Beardsley,
Beers, Mrs.               9
Bentley, Joseph           33, 32
Bergley, Samuel
Brackett, Ezra            34, 33
Brackett, Grove C.        34
Brewer, Chancey M.        24
Brooks, G. P.             13
Brown, ?                  22
Brown, Ezekiel H.         21
Brown, L. F.
Brown, Wm.                28
Bryant, James             31
Buchanan, Wm.             10, 9
Buckingham,
Bur_hal_, John            21
Burch, W. R.              31
Calander, Edward          29
Card, Thomas              28
Carver, Dennis            14
Carver, John
Carver, Salmon            10
Chapin, J. C.             35
Chase, B. F.
Chase, C.
Chase, H. B.
Chidester, Nathan         19
Clark, Mrs.               36, 25
Cleveland, Leonard        32
Coats, Justin             26, 24
Coiles, William
Colsom, John              32
Conklin, John             14
Conklin?, L.
Cook, C. R.               13
Cooley, A.
Cooley, Warren            21
Corey, Mrs.               29
Cornell, C.               12
Crandall, Joseph H.       24
Crouch, _aylet            22
Curry, Anthony            14
D_lno, Henry
Davis, C. C.              4
Day, Henry                33, 32
Dayking, John             35
Demott, Andrew            29
Demott, George
Demott, Henry             16
Demott, Theodore          2
Demott, Wesley            28
Detterich, Mrs.           9
Detterich, Vinson         16
Dewitt, Benjamin          11
Doty, J.
Doty, Silas               21, 16
Dougherty, John           3
Dougherty, John J.
Dougherty, Joseph         3
Eaton, Levi               33
Farrall, Patrick          13
Fitzgerald, Abram         11
Ford, Alvin L.            12, 1
Frances, Anthony
Frost, Isaac              32
Garfield, Martin          9
Gear, Stevan              11
Gibbs, Mrs. Charaly       6
Gofs, William             17, 7, 5
Gorden, Alexander         30, 20, 18
Gorham, C. T.             1
Gorham, E.
Goucher, Alvira B.        2
Goucher, Orman            33
Greenman, D.
Greenman, Edward          29
Grennell, Ezra            9, 5, 4
Guiles, Joab              8
H__, A. C.
Hadden, Smith             13
Haigh, James              23, 22
Hamilton, James           6
Hart, David               9
Hasbrouch, Mathew         35, 34
Hawkins, Ashel            34, 27
Hayward, Mrs.             35
Henderson, John           16
Herington, Elisha         12
Hermsbrett, G.
Hinman, Sherman           11
Hobbs, Joseph             4
Hodgman, J. ?.            6
Hodskin, H. G.            31
Holden, G. F.             19
Holden, H. F.             5
Holister, Clark B.        7
Hoyt, John T.             3, 2
Hugge_an, Brown
Hugget, Albert
Hugget, James             6
Huggett, Jessie           17
Hughes, Henry F.
Hyde, Julius F.           11
Johnson, William          29
Kench, Henry              26
Kennedy, Timothy          11
Kern, George              14
King, John                28
Kingan?, John
Kingan?, William          12
Lane, James               27, 23, 14
Lane, John T.             26
Lomis, J.
Mack, Harvy
Marsh, G. W.              14
Mayo, James               19
McDonald, Davis           10
Measrool?, Johnathan      11
Mickerson, Jacob L.       21, 20
Moffett, John             14
Mofs, George H.           34, 27, 26
Mofs, James
Monk Mys?, Jemima         36
Monk, John                36, 25
Monk, John                36, 25
Mooney, C.                34
Moore, Thomas             16, 15
Otto, Charles             2
Ouderkirk, Robert         36
Palmer, Seneca            8, 5
Palmiter, Alonzo          16
Palmiter, E.
Palmiter, H. B.           21
Parish, Samuel            34
Parker, Mrs.              29, 28
Paxton, Wm.               27
Perry, Joab               3
Phelps, Ambrose           28, 27
Porter, Miner             36, 25, 24
Potter, Wm. H.            36
Randall, Theodorect       14, 13
Reese, Mrs.               8
Reid, George              13
Rhyne, Thomas             1
Ritchison, George
Robinson, David           1
Robinson, George          6
Robinson, H. F.           23
Rood, John K.             3
Ruddock, James            26?
Ruddock, John
Sackett, D.
Sanders, Thomas
Schofeld, D. B.           4
Scott, Archibald          34
Scott, David
Scott, David              23
Sellers, Solomon          9
Sharpsteen, Daniel        30
Shepherd, Ephram          30, 29
Shipman, A. W.            31, 29
Sisley, Mrs.              23
Smith, Charles
Smith, Julia Ann          32, 31
Smith, W. P.              7, 6
Smith, Wm.                27
Stewart, Thomas           11
Sturdevant, Lewis         24
Sturge?, Ansel            33
Sutton, Henry C.          35, 26
Sutton, S.
Sutton, Smith
Sweet, Jasper             22, 15
Thempleton, Benjamin      29
Thomas, David             5
Thomas, David Rev.        4
Thomas, Maynard           4
Thurston, L.              36
Trommatar, J.             20
Upright, George           28
Vanfleet, James           22
Vannocker, Albert
Vannocker, Andrew         18, 7
Vannocker, Wm.            17
Vedder, Levi              17
Vosburgh, Abram           16
Walkinshaw, David
Walkinshaw, James         17
Walkinshaw, James L_      17, 16, 9, 8, 2
Waterbury, Jehiel         7
Way, Charles              3
Way, D.                   2
Way, John G.              10, 3
Welles, Thomas J.         4
Wells, James              20, 17, 16
Wells, James (agent)      15
Wells, L. S.
Wheeler, C. C.            35, 34
White, Reuben B.          27, 16
Woodcock, Daniel          36
Wright, Andrew            14
Wyckoff, ?                4
Roll completed May, 1866
James Walkinshaw, Supervisor of the Township of Convis
Lewis Townsend, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
William Howard, County Clerk