1870 Census
Wayne County, Tennessee

Transcribed by Edgar D. Byler, III
1982 Edgar D. Byler, III - All Rights Reserved
Used With Permission

The enumeration of the population for the census of 1870 began 1 June 1870 and for Wayne County, Tennessee was completed by the 31st of August 1870.  Listed in the population schedules were all the individuals, white and black, but not including Indians, who were living in Wayne County, Tennessee at the time of the visit of the census taker. The transcription of the population schedules which follows is broken down by Civil District. The transcription was made from National Archives Microfilm Publication No. 593,  Roll No. 1569. Please click on the Civil Districts listed below to visit that particular district page. Please note: The only post offices in the entire county in 1870  were Waynesboro and Clifton, all others having been discontinued as a result of the War of Rebellion. The fact that Waynesboro was listed as the post office on all districts does not mean the individuals listed in that district lived in Waynesboro. It is not known why Clifton was not listed as the post office for the appropriate districts, but Waynesboro appears in the headings of all the districts.

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District #11 District #12

Description and Map of the
Civil Districts of Wayne County, Tennessee in 1870



Column Index For The 1870 Population Schedule

The 1870 population schedule added six additional columns of personal information to the fourteen columns gathered in 1860. These six columns deal with "Color", whether or not the father and/or mother were of foreign birth; and the relationship of each male over the age of 21 to his constitutional right to vote.  All columns have been transcribed.

Column 1 Dwelling houses numbered in order of visitation
Column 2 Families numbered in order of visitation
Column 3 The name of every person whose place of abode on the first day of June 1870 was in this family.
Column 4 Age at last birthday. If under 1 year, five months in fractions thus 3/12.
Column 5 Sex - Males (M); Females (F)
Column 6 Color - White (W), Black (B), Mulatto (M), Chinese (C), Indian (I)
Column 7 Profession, Occupation or Trade of each person male or female.
Column 8 Value of real estate
Column 9 Value of personal estate
Column 10 Place of birth naming state or territory of the U.S., of the country if of foreign birth.
Column 11 Father of foreign birth
Column 12 Mother of foreign birth
Column 13 If born within the year, state month (Jan, Feb, etc.)
Column 14 If married within the year state month, (Jan, Feb, etc.)
Column 15 Attended school within the year.
Column 16 Cannot read
Column 17 Cannot write
Column 18 Whether deaf, dumb, blind, insane or idiotic
Column 19 Male citizen of the U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards.
Column 20 Male citizen of the U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards whose right to vote is denied or abridged on other grounds than rebellion or other crime.

Any and all information appearing in the margins or elsewhere on the original census form will be placed in remarks regarding that page.

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