Guide to the Newark, New Jersey Census Book 1826 MG 264

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Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Volume

Guide to the Newark, New Jersey Census Book
1826
MG 264
The New Jersey Historical Societyh
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Luis Delfino, June 2001, as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. March 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Newark, New Jersey

Census Book

Dates: 1826
Abstract: The first known Newark census, compiled by Isaac Nichols, the town tax assessor. It gives Newark’s population distribution by sex, age, occupation, and free or slave status; Nichols set the population at 8,017.
Quantity: .01 linear feet (1 volume)
Collection Number: MG 264

Historical Note

Isaac Nichols (1773-1861) was a carpenter and coffin maker, who was also one of the founders of the Newark Banking Company. He was active in local affairs, not only as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark and as a member and president of the Newark Common Council, but also as an appointed guardian, assignee, or executor for various local estates. Nichols was also Newark’s first town tax assessor and census taker.

On October 18, 1797, Isaac Nichols married Phebe Davis (1779-1834), with whom he had seven children: Eliza (1798-1799), Edwin (1800-1836), Aaron I. (1802-1861), Whitfield (1804-1805), Whitfield (1807-1851), Alexander McWhorter (1809-1881), and James (b. 1815). Phebe and Isaac Nichols both died in Newark, she on October 24, 1834, and he on January 24, 1861.

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Scope and Content Note

This volume contains statistics compiled in the first known census of Newark, New Jersey taken in 1826 by Isaac Nichols as town tax assessor. Though names of the town’s residents are not listed, the population is counted by sex, age group, occupation, and free or slave status. The total population of Newark was 8,017, and the most numerous occupations listed were shoemaker (685), carriage builder (210), and carpenter (89). For aggregate figures by occupation based on this census, see Joseph Atkinson, History of Newark (William B. Guild, Newark N.J., 1878), pg. 161 (call number N 974.91 Es7n c.6) in the Library of The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Nichols, Isaac, 1773-1861.
Subject Topics:
Census.
Demographic surveys–New Jersey–Newark.
Population.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)–Census.
Document Types:
Census records.
Surveys.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 1012, Nichols Family (Newark, NJ) Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 264, Newark, New Jersey Census

Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This volume was a gift of the family of Walter S. Nichols in 1923.

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Bibliography

Atkinson, Joseph. History of Newark. (William B. Guild, Newark N.J., 1878).

New Jersey Index of Wills. Vol. 1. (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1969).

A History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Vol. 1. (Lewis Historical Publishing, New York, 1913).

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Container List

Volume

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Volume of Newark statistics 1826

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