A Glimpse of “worth” through the eyes of a Tax Digest

Well the really good news is that we have narrowed the death date for William Byars down to a 10 year period. Previously we had no record of him after the 1880 census, and by the 1900 census Tempy was a widow. Now we have a glimpse of him on the 1890 Tax Digest for Pickens co (GA), so that narrowed the gap from 20 to 10 years. Below is a transcription (and images) of the 1878 Dawson County Tax Digest for Redin, and the 1890 for William, Redin and Richard Marion. Its really sad to see how little they really owned.

1878
Militia District: Yellow River
District 989
Post Office: Yellow Creek

Redin is listed on line 19 as Byers, Redding

Value of Household and Kitchen Furniture, Piano, Organs etc
$10

Horses, Mules, Hogs, Sheep, Cattle and all other Livestock
$75

Plantation and Mechanical Tools or other Library Books, pictures, etc
$2

Aggregate Value of Whole Property
$87

1890
Militia District: Dug Road
District 899
Post Office: Marble Hill

William is listed as Byers, Wm R on line 23
Redin is listed as Byers, Reding on line 33
Richard Marion is listed as Byers, R M on line 34

Value of Household and Kitchen Furniture, Pianos, Organs, Libraries, Pictures, etc
Wm R $10
Reding $10
R M $ 8

Horses, Mules, Hogs, Sheep, Cattle and all other livestock
Wm R $ 4
Reding $33
R M $47

Plantation and Mechanical Tools
Wm R $0
Reding $6
R M $0

Aggregate Value of Whole Property
Wm R $14
Reding $49
R M $55

1878 Dawson County Tax Digest

1890 Pickens County Tax Digest

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