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Nine Chester County, Pennsylvania Tax Lists, 1693-1799 (ICPSR 20301)

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This study is comprised of two datasets of tax records from Chester County, Pennsylvania. The data is the complete record of taxes and tax assessments taken between 1693 and 1799. Information from the records includes first and last name of the taxpayer, year of tax list, the taxpayer's township, the market value of the property taxed, the amount of the taxes, the taxpayer's tenure, and number of servants and/or slaves owned.

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DS1:  1693-1799 Tax Lists - Download All Files (10.2 MB)
DS2:  1730 Tax List - Download All Files (1.2 MB)

Study Description


Marietta, Jack D. NINE CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA TAX LISTS, 1693-1799. ICPSR20301-v1. Tucson, AZ: Jack D. Marietta, University of Arizona [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-12-12. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR20301.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-9210314)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   eighteenth century, property taxes, property values, seventeenth century, slave ownership, slave populations, tax records, taxes, taxpayers

Smallest Geographic Unit:   township

Geographic Coverage:   Pennsylvania, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1693--1799

Date of Collection:  

  • 1992--1994

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Taxes and/or tax assessments from 1693, 1718, 1728, 1730, 1740, 1750, 1765, 1775, 1785, and 1799 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Data Types:   administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The specific years covered in the data are: 1693, 1718, 1728, 1730, 1740, 1750, 1765, 1775, 1785, and 1799. (2) The variable FORMAT_$ in Part 1 was renamed to make it valid in SAS. (3) The value label "Undefined" was assigned to undefined values in the TOWNSHIP and TENURE variables in Part 1, per the Principal Investigator's instructions.


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Weight:   none


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