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1856 State of Iowa Census - Benton County
Microfilm Number: HQ# V221-8, FHL #1021291

Transcribed by Sue Soden
for the IAGenWeb State Census Project.
Copyright © 2008 by Sue Soden.


Transcriber's Notes:
The 1856 census is the first Iowa state census to name every member of the household. It also states years resided in state (column 9). No line numbers appear on the original census and have been assigned to indicate the enumeration order. Odd numbered pages are extended farming statistics not transcribed. The enumerators usually left one or two blank lines between households

I have tried to transcribed exactly what the enumerators wrote, misspellings and all. Many times this was hard to decipher do to phonetic spelling and cursive hand writing. Occasionally I researched Federal Census enumerations to help determine names. This additional information will be found in the Transcriber's Remarks column. Variant name spellings, to aid the search engine, may also be found in the Remarks column.

My source for this transcription was online images. The source did not include all the Benton County pages, so this transcription is incomplete. If you have access to a different source for the 1856 Benton census, we certainly would appreciate your contribution!

Township Name or
File Description
Page# Range
Proofread by:
Taylor Twp. inc. Vinton & Grand Gulf 006 - 085 Polly Eckles
Benton Township 094 - 101 John Shuck
Canton Township 138 - 187 Polly Eckles
Jackson Township 198 - 221 Polly Eckles
Cue Township 230 - 245 Polly Eckles
Big Grove Township 298 - 309 Polly Eckles
Monroe Township 318 - 325 Polly Eckles
Eden Township 346 - 359 Polly Eckles
Iowa Township 370 - 397 Polly Eckles
Polk Township 402 - 457 John Shuck
Leroy Township 458 - 481 Polly Eckles
Harrison Township 494 - 516 Polly Eckles
Bruce Township 530 - 537 Polly Eckles
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Formatted August 2007, February 2008 & March 2008 by IAGenWeb Census Project File Manager, Polly Eckles.
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