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Colonial Tax Lists & "Of Lawful Age" Twenty-one
Excerpt from "Penn in Hand", Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2000:
Within the Constitution of Pennsylvania adopted on 28 Sep 1776, were established the following requirements for whom could vote in elections:
The ninth Maryland Convention met in Annapolis on Wednesday, August 14, 1776. Seventy-eight men served in the 1776 Constitutional Convention of Maryland, two only briefly. The members wrote, debated, and voted on behalf of 250,000 people, nearly a third of whom were slaves. They were elected by:
A journal entry made by John Matthews, who was noted as a young Yankee surveyor-school teacher of Ohio County, VA, on 18 Dec 1786, reveals what attaining the age of 21 meant to one colonial frontiersmen.
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Tax Records and Their Cousins, the PA Septennial Census, From "Penn in Hand", Vol. 21, No. 2, June 2000.
State of Pennsylvania, Constitution of Pennsylvania - September 28, 1776, Plan Or Frame Of Government For The Commonwealth Or State of Pennsylvania, Section 6: Right of Elector. Referenced from "The Avalon Project", Yale Law School. Online: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/pa08.asp.
Archives of Maryland Documents for the Classroom, Writing It All Down: The Art of Constitution Making for the State & the Nation, 1776-1833. Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401. The Documents for the Classroom series of the Maryland State Archives was designed and developed by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse and Dr. M. Mercer Neale and was prepared with the assistance of R. J. Rockefeller, Lynne MacAdam and other members of the Archives staff. MSA SC 2221-04. Publication no. 3918. © 1993 Maryland State Archives. View @ Maryland State Archives.
Samuel Prescott Hildreth, Pioneer History: being an account of the first examinations of the Ohio valley, and the early settlement of the Northwest territory; chiefly from original manuscripts, Volume 1 of Publications (Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio). Cincinnati, OH: H.W. Derby & Co., 1848. Original from Harvard University, Digitized Sep 14, 2006. Page 178, John Matthews: Monday 18th This day I am twenty-one years of age and Free by the Laws of my Country.
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