Census 1860 : State Prison : Details of the Women’s Cases

I was able to find mentions in The Hartford Courant (which is available online) of five of the twelve female inmates. Most of these were brief and sometimes tantalizing mentions. I was interested to notice that Jane M. Brown, the woman imprisoned in 1859 for adultery, was described by the paper on July 20, 1859 … Continue reading Census 1860 : State Prison : Details of the Women’s Cases

Census 1860: Wethersfield State Prison: Crimes

The last piece on the inmates of the Connecticut state prison at Wethersfield in 1860 discussed their gender and race; this piece discusses the crimes for which they were convicted. To repeat from before, there were 179 inmates, 12 of them female. The Census marshal also, in accordance with his instructions, reported the crimes for … Continue reading Census 1860: Wethersfield State Prison: Crimes

Census 1860: Census Marshals are People Too

I've been skimming a lot of 1860 census pages lately, and one thing I've noticed is that despite the detailed instructions, the census marshals still have to exercise judgment in a number of areas.  Since I'm focusing on African-Americans, I've noticed that some marshals didn't identify any mixed-race people (known as "mulattoes" to the Census).  … Continue reading Census 1860: Census Marshals are People Too