Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nancy Mahan's Farm - the 1850 Agricultural Schedule

In 1850, Nancy (Laughlin) Mahan appeared on the 1850 US Census Agricultural schedule in White Township, Indiana Co, Pennsylvania.[1]

The farm is described as follows:

She owned 40 acres of improved land and 40 acres unimproved land, worth $400. The value of the farming implements and machinery added up to $10.

As of June 1, 1850, the farm had:

2 horses
4 milch cows
8 “other cattle” (not milch cows or working oxen)
30 sheep
4 swine                                              livestock total worth $230


Produce during the year ending 1 June, 1850, included:

52 bushels of wheat
30 bushels of rye
50 bushels of Indian corn
88 bushels of oats
80 pounds of wool
10 bushels of Irish potatoes
10 bushels of buckwheat
200 pounds of butter
3 tons of hay
50 pounds of flax
3 bushels of flaxseed
36 pounds of beeswax and honey
$32 worth of home-made manufactures
$23 worth of animals slaughtered


Nancy Mahan's household in 1850 consisted of herself (aged 56 years, born in Ireland, farmer) and four unmarried children: Jane (aged 23, born in Pennsylvania), William (aged 21, born in Pennsylvania, farmer), Angeline (aged 15 years, born in Pennsylvania), and Isabella (aged 14 years, born in Pennsylvania).[2]



[1]1850 US Agricultural Census, farm of Nancy Mahan, 3 August 1850, White Township, Indiana Co, Pennsylvania, page 59-60 (199), line 17, digital image, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, http://www.portal.state.pa.us : accessed 16 October 2008, citing National Archives, Washington Record Group 029.

[2]1850 US Census, household of Nancy Mahan, 5 August 1850, White Township, Indiana Co, Pennsylvania, page 27 (53 stamped), lines 10-14, dwelling number 366, family number 369, digital image, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 June 2012, citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 785.
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