1850 United States
Federal Census for all Foster Heads of Households
with all family (wife & children) and others listed with names,
ages, sex, color, place of birth, occupation of males over age 15,
value of real estate, etc.
For the first time in the history of the United
States census, enumerators of the 1850 census were instructed to
record the names of every person in the household. Added to this,
enumerators were presented with printed instructions, which account
for the greater degree of accuracy compared with earlier censuses.
Enumerators were asked to include the following categories in the
census: name; age as of the census day; sex; color; birthplace;
occupation of males over age fifteen; value of real estate; whether
married within the previous year; whether deaf-mute, blind, insane,
or "idiotic"; whether able to read or write for individuals over age
twenty; and whether the person attended school within the previous
year. No relationships were shown between members of a household.
The categories allowed Congress to determine persons residing in the
United States for collection of taxes and the appropriation of seats
in the House of Representatives.
The official enumeration day of the 1850 census
was 1 June 1850. All questions asked were supposed to refer to that
date. By 1850, there were a total of thirty-one states in the Union,
with Florida, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and California being the
latest editions. The four new territories of Oregon, Minnesota, New
Mexico, and Utah were also enumerated. There were no substantial
state- or district-wide losses.
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Households in this list of Foster's but to quickly View Record
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presented to assist you in researching your Foster family living in
Texas on or near the enumeration date of the 1st of June 1850.