Dickens of Hurricane Creek
Including: Maggart, Sullivans Bend, Elmwood, Chestnut Mound, Smith County, TN
US Census 1790, counting
Number of Households 37
Males over 16 50
Males under 16 26
Total Males 76
Total Females 59
Overall Dickens Total 135
Total US Population 3,929,214
Source for Population Numbers is:
Source for 1790 Dickens totals: my count is
from documents in the TN State Archives
in 1987. Some census records are missing.
See notes below.
The myth that the early Federal Censuses were destroyed when the British burned Washington DC in 1812 is incorrect. These various acts of Congress indicate the Federal Censuses were in the custody of the U.S. Federal District Courts in their respective states until 1830! Contrary to popular belief, only the statistical information taken from the original 1790 returns was housed in Washington DC in 1812 when the city was burned. So, where are the missing original records now? If you are aware of the location of any unpublished county, state or federal census records, tax lists, etc., please contact Genealogical Services."
So what actually burned on that August day in 1814? A 1909 government publication titled "A Century of Population Growth From the First Census of the United States to the Twelfth 1790-1900," implies that only the statistical summaries of the first census were burned: "… it is a question whether anything more than the marshal’s summary was burned, if the First Census law was complied with, the original returns must have been in the custody of the clerk of the district court …"
Dickens' I located in the 1790 Census.
Each of the following items has a link to more information which is very interesting.
Below is some information about missing parts of the 1790 Census:
Thanks to the USGen Web Census Project.
Note to keep in mind - while the 1790 Dickens census numbers are low because of lost records, they are low for all surnames and the ratio of Dickens to others should remain about the same.
The population of the U.S. on April 1, 1990 was 248,709,873
The surname above is from a table including all surnames with over 0.001% frequency in the
Surname Approx Number % Frequency Rank
Below: here's how the numbers look 200 years later.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Population Analysis & Evaluation Staff