Bibb County Enumeration Lists

1830 US Federal Census USGW Archives
1840 US Federal Census USGW Archives
1850 US Federal Census USGW Archives
1850 US Federal Mortality Schedule USGW Archives
1850 US Federal Slave Schedule
1860 US Federal Mortality Schedule USGW Archives
1860 US Federal Slave Schedule USGW Archives  
1860 US Federal Agricultural Census    
1864 Georgia Militia Enrollment List (aka Joe Brown Census) Georgia State Archives  
1870 US Federal Census
1870 US Federal Mortality Schedule USGW Archives  
1870 US Federal Agricultural Census    
1880 US Federal Census USGW Archives
1880 US Federal Mortality Schedule USGW Archives  
1880 US Federal Agricultural Census    
1900 US Federal Census USGW Archives
1910 US Federal Census USGW Archives
1920 US Federal Census
1930 US Federal Census
1940 US Federal Census
Georgia State Archives Information on Federal & State Census for Georgia
Georgia State Archives Information on Georgia Tax Records
For every farm with an annual produce worth $100 or more for the year ending 1 June of census year, the name of the owner, agent or tenant, the kind and value of acreage, machinery, livestock and produce. Years available for Bibb County are 1830-1880. The value of the farm increased to $500 or more in the 1870 and 1880.
Resource Book: Georgia Salt Lists by Sherry Harris, (1993)
(Also available at GA Archives; LDS microfilm SL#1,704,744)
Around the time of the Civil War, salt was a necessity for curing meat (since there was no refrigeration) This was important not only for individual families, but for their abilities to sell their meat.
Their farm animals (as well as the CSA ones) needed salt to survive. It was used as well in setting dyes and in curing leather for shoes.
Most of the salt had previously come from Europe and with the war blockade, salt had to be found in: 1) salt springs 2)mines of rock salt Gov. Brown offered $5,000 reward for the discovery of salt springs that could produce 300 bushels daily.
To assure a just distribution of the valuable salt, Gov. Brown instructed the Justices of the Inferior Courts of each county to create lists of those eligible (these men also had to advance the $ to pay for it!)
Distribution was by 1/2 bushel to:
Widows of soldiers (free) Families of serving soldiers & widowed mother of soldier ($1) Heads of families ($4.50) Careful use of the lists may reveal the change of status from wife to widow. Lists are arranged alphabetical by county; then by category of need. They contain name of woman, county of residence.
Washington Memorial Library (Macon) has the following City Directories available.
1860, 1866, 1867, 1869-70, 1872, 1877, 1878, 1880, 1884 through 1897, 1899 through 1909, and 1911 through 2000, with the following exceptions (i.e., we do not have): 1913, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1938, and 1982.
In some of the 20th century years for which we have no directory, nothing was published. For instance, we know this to be the case for 1982. Bivins, Emma cook r Shamrock Bivins, Henry C. (Carrie) firemn h420 Hall Bivins, Henry C. Jr. lab r420 Hall
r (residence) 420 Hall Street; firemn = occupation
We have Sanborn fire insurance maps for 1884, 1889, 1908, 1916, 1924, 1924 corrected to 1939, and 1924 corrected to 1961.
For many Georgia counties there are available Tax Lists and Land Lottery registrations that genealogists use to gain additional information.
A TAX DIGEST was taken within the year that BIBB COUNTY became a County....1822. These are available on LDS microfilm
Summary of what Tax List may contain
Contributed by John L. German,C.G. Tax lists usually include:
name of taxpayer amount of poll tax or a column indicating he was subject to white poll tax number of colored polls or amount of colored poll tax value of real estate or number or acres or amt of real estate tax value of personal property or amt of tax (if it was levied) Usually each white poll is listed separately as a named taxpayer. A man might pay real estate tax but no poll tax because he either was not residing in the jurisdiction or more commonly because he was over the age on which poll tax was levied; usually 45 to 50 was the upper limit. A young man still at home with no property will usually still be listed if he was old enough for poll tax.
A poor man over poll tax age with no taxable property may not appear on the list at all even though he lived there.
Having a good run of annual taxlists is better than the census for estimating an ancestor's birth if you know the upper age for poll tax and can see when he was no longer assessed poll tax.
Sometimes inferences can be made about missing deeds or death and inheritance if the land is described and the owners' name changes from one list to the next.
Delinquent tax lists are often evidence of when somebody has moved out of that jurisdiction. (I was able to follow my ancestor around 3 townships over 20 years. He moved about every 3 years and owned no land - conclusion: he was born about 1796, owned taxable personal property [a horse] and was an itinerant tax dodger, by result if not by plan, in his constant movement.)
The appearance of a woman in tax lists is unusual unless she has property and is a widow or an adult unmarried heiress.
In 1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, 1827, and twice in 1832, the state of Georgia gave away, in land lots, former Indian lands by means of state lotteries.  Many persons who later lived in Bibb County were in the state to participate in these lotteries.

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