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Your ancestor and their Poll Tax requirement.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

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. 


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