Census Records for Prissa Jackson – Alabama

This is my 4th year participating in the A-Z Challenge.  I will be writing about people who were born into slavery and were later free.  In a few cases I will be writing about the descendants of enslaved people who were born free.  I believe Prissa to be my 2x great grandmother.  I am still working on proving it.

1840 Long census pg 2 slaves
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Today I am going to write about census records I found for  Prissa Jackson. Some of them are speculation because there are no names.  Prissa Jackson was born into slavery about 1838 in Alabama on Lunceford Long’s plantation in what was then Autauga County Alabama and in 1866 became Elmore County.  The first census we will look at will be Long’s 1840 Census.  Nobody is named except for Lunceford Long. Page 2 of the 1840 Census for Langford Long shows the enslaved members of the household and tells in what industry and how many are employed. In this case 45 employed in Agriculture.  Prissa would have been one of the enslaved 18 females under 10.

slave census 1850 lunceford long
1850 slave census Click to enlarge.

The 1850 slave census for Lunsford Long starts on page 56 and continues on the next page with 21 more names. Prissa would have been one of the unnamed female slaves about age 12.

1860 Census for Lunceford Long’s household. He is listed as a planter with real estate worth $15,000 and personal property worth $240,000. In the same household, his son James is also listed as a planter with personal property worth $34,000. His widowed daughter, Tempe, also in the household is listed as a planter with real estate worth $6,000 and personal property worth $34,000. Personal property included the value of people you enslaved.

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In 1860 the number of slave cabins was added to the census. Long had 25 cabins for 160 people.  Prissa would have been about 22 in 1860, give or take a few years.

Next there should be the 1866 Alabama State Census. It was the first census taken after the the Civil War. It included both the black and white population, seperatly.  Unfortunately the census for Elmore County isn’t online. Maybe there was confusion as Elmore County was formed in 1866 from parts of Autauga, Coosa and Montgomery counties.  The form for the 1866 census was similar to the 1840 census and only included the name of the head of household.

Prissa finally appears by name, with the rest of her household in the 1870 census.  Click to enlarge. Unfortunately I have not found Prissa in any other censuses.

1870 Census including Prissa Jackson & her family.
1870 Census including Prissa Jackson & her family.  Her husband Joseph is a farmer.  The younger children are in school.
1870 United States Federal Census

Name: Prissa Jackson
Age in 1870: 38
Birth Year: abt 1832
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1870: Township 17, Elmore, Alabama
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Post Office: Wetumpka

Name               Age
Joseph Jackson     32
Prissa Jackson     38
Abba Jackson       24
Griffin Jackson    18
Frank Jackson      16
Mary Jackson       14
Lizza Jackson      12
Victor Jackson     10
Jams Jackson        9

Source Citation
Year: 1870; Census Place: Township 17, Elmore, Alabama; Roll: M593_15; Page: 20B; Image: 231; Family History Library Film: 545514

19 thoughts on “Census Records for Prissa Jackson – Alabama

      1. Helpful information for me and would like permission to share, download and share. Are you available to talk to groups??

  1. I have never studied a slave roll, but the few I have looked at had very small farms with a small number of slaves. Long was a major plantation owner, it seems, and quite wealthy.

    1. Yes he was. Most of those I’ve studied have had large plantations with lots of slaves. It was quite different looking at small holders in Kentucky recently.

  2. Wow, this is really cool. I always information on prices really cool. I am always astounded by how much things have increased by. Thanks for sharing.
    @AllysePanaro from
    The Frog Lady

  3. Interesting but really way too long for A to Z. When you have lots of places to visit, long posts are not a good idea. I didn’t have time to read all that but it is great that you can trace your ancestry.

  4. How fascinating to be able to follow these tracks … and how terribly sad that for so many years she wasn’t even considered individual enough to be named in the records.

  5. I don’t think I’d be able to trak down all these documents… but then who knows. Especially when you trak down your family three it must be… I don’t know. A fantastic feeling, I think 🙂

    1. Tracking down an ancestor does produce strong emotions – from joy to sadness depending on where you find them. It takes some time to get used to researching and finding out where and how to look, to decide when you’ve found the person you’re looking for and when it’s actually someone else. I’ve been doing it for decades so I know what I’m looking for and how to look.

      Familysearch.com is free, you might want to look and see what you can find one day. They do give hints and tips about how to go about it 🙂

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