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This is the oldest remaining list of taxables from the Commissioners' office. It contains only eighty-six names of taxable persons, including one woman, Dorcas STEWART. There were also 58 horses, 111 oxen, and 152 cows listed. Most of them were farmers, and most of the farmers used one or two oxen, and had a horse and two cows. Assuming six persons per family , there would have been about 516 inhabitants in Hanover in 1796. However, some on this list may have been non-residents.
This list is provided as it is shown in Plumb's book, just a list of each person's name, without notes on the property owned by each. It is not known where the actual 1796 tax list might be found that would have this additional information.
The property of Hanover covered by this tax list ran from the Susquehanna River to the Lehigh River, about 20 miles. This is fifteen miles beyond what was afterward certified as the Hanover township boundary. About half of the former Hanover district south of the certified Hanover line was cut off in 1839, and the other half in 1853.
Please note that the use of "Jr." in those days did not necessarily indicate this person was the son of the other male with the same name. Instead, it customarily only referred to the relative age of the two males, with the "Jr." being the younger of the two. Thus, one male could have been an uncle or cousin of the other, or perhaps not related by family at all.
BLACKMAN, Elisha, Jr.
DILLEY, Richard, Jr.
INMAN, Elijah, Jr.
JACOBS, John, Jr.
LINE, Conrad, Jr.
MILLER, John S.
PELL, Josiah, Jr.
RATHBONE, James A.
VAN WIE, Arthur
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