Guide to the Newark, New Jersey Census Book 1826 MG 264
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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.
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.
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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This volume was a gift of the family of Walter S. Nichols in 1923.
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).