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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
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Question: I was wondering what a "poll tax" was?  I came across my great-grandfather in a Poll Tax book in Wrentham, Massachusetts in 1899.


Answer: The Poll Tax was the tax applicable to the value of the property owned by the individual.  A person over 21 years of age who had paid their poll tax were eligible to vote. 

Posted by David Lambert at 01/05/2012 05:02:02 PM | 

In Vermont, the poll tax had no relationship to property, but was simply on each person over 18
Posted by: B Landon ( Email ) at 1/6/2012 5:34 PM

Thank you for your clarification on Vermont, always glad to learn about the various exceptions to the rule.
Posted by: David Lambert ( Email ) at 1/9/2012 9:52 AM

What is the difference between the assessment on "Heads", "Real Estate" and "Personal Estate" and how were they calculated as for example, the 1730 assessment in Medford MA to fund the minister for a half a year in the amount of £50?
Posted by: N Mitchell ( Email ) at 4/3/2012 3:08 AM

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