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Introduction

Twelfth Census of the United States (1900) Colorado County, Texas Created by Jennie Sue Muggli, with Matt Ross, Heather Wolston, Amber Hollywood, and Bill Stein

 

The 1900 census of Colorado County is divided into fourteen sections, or "enumeration districts." Each district was surveyed by one of fourteen individuals in June 1900. For no apparent reason, the districts were numbered from 14 through 27 (rather than one through fourteen as might be expected). The districts and their geographic areas were:

  • Enumeration District 14: Justice Precinct No. 1, excluding the City of Columbus
  • Enumeration District 15: City of Columbus
  • Enumeration District 16: Justice Precinct No. 2
  • Enumeration District 17: Justice Precinct No. 3
  • Enumeration District 18: Part of Justice Precinct No. 4, excluding the City of Weimar, north of the railroad
  • Enumeration District 19: Part of Justice Precinct No. 4, excluding the City of Weimar, south of the railroad
  • Enumeration District 20: City of Weimar
  • Enumeration District 21: Part of Justice Precinct No. 5, east of Cummins Creek
  • Enumeration District 22: Part of Justice Precinct No. 5, west of Cummins Creek
  • Enumeration District 23: Justice Precinct No. 6
  • Enumeration District 24: Justice Precinct No. 7
  • Enumeration District 25: Part of Justice Precinct No. 8, excluding the City of Eagle Lake
  • Enumeration District 26: Part of Justice Precinct No. 8, excluding the City of Eagle Lake
  • Enumeration District 27: City of Eagle Lake

The official population of Colorado County in 1900, as released by the federal government, was 22,203. In fact, the county’s census takers listed 22,205 individuals. A census page, when full, contained information on fifty persons (numbered either 1 through 50 or 51 through 100). Alice E. Allen, who took the census in Weimar, added a fifty-first person to two of her pages, numbering each added person “101.” Apparently, neither of those persons was counted by the government.

These lines were left blank by the various census takers:

  • In section 17, page 1A line 50.

  • In section 18, page 3A line 10.

  • In section 19, page 1A lines 42-50, page 2A lines 4-50, page 2B line 100, page 3A lines 32-50, page  4A lines 6-50, page  4B lines 96-100, page 5B lines 54-100, page 6B lines 65-100, page 7B lines 68-100, page 8B lines 97-100, page 11B lines 87-100.

  • In section 20, page 5B line 100, page 7A line 50, page 8A line 50, page 9B line 100, page 10B line 70.

  • In section 22, page 2B line 81.

  • In section 25, page 3A line 50, page 8A line 20.

  • In section 26, page 1B lines 87-100, page 2B lines 89-100, page 9B lines 98-100, page 10B lines 96-100, page 12B lines 73-100, page 13B lines 85-100, page 15A lines 36-50, page 17B lines 97-100, page 19A lines 41-50, page 19B lines 51-100 (the entire page), page 21A lines 19-50, page 22A lines 19-50.

We have chosen to present our index in two ways: (1) in the same order as the original census, and divided into the same enumeration districts, and (2) in alphabetical order, by surname. Our list can be electronically searched (by using "Ctrl F"), but you should be aware of the fact that either we or the census taker might have spelled any person's name incorrectly. In cases where we knew the latter was true, we added the correct spelling in square brackets. We also included enough information, in parenthesis to the right of each name, to identify each person with a reasonable degree of certainty. Of course, much more information about every person was included on the census. To the right of the parenthetical insertion, we have placed the number of the enumeration district, the page number, and the line number on which the entry for the person appears. 

Summary of Data

  People Males Females Whites Blacks Hispanics

Enumerator

County

22,205

11,354 10,848 12,521 9,650 30  
ED 14 1975 996 979 583 1392 0 Glenn A. Harbert
ED 15 1824 980 844 975 847 2 John A. Toliver
ED 16 2572 1343 1229 1976 596 0 Dick Engelhardt
ED 17 1624 836 788 871 752 1 Edwin Gerstenberger
ED 18 1426 743 683 714 706 6 Charles Wolff
ED 19 1912 1018 894 1182 730 0 George B. Webber
ED 20 1338 623 714 859 478 0 Alice E. Allen
ED 21 1476 762 714 1231 234 11 John Hastedt
ED 22 1993 1023 970 1374 619 0 Paul Hagemann
ED 23 1139 577 560 1121 16 0 E. L. Theuman
ED 24 929 468 461 253 676 0 Andrew J. Gillespie
ED 25 962 480 482 109 843 10 Neely A. Spillman
ED 26 1928 1080 848 602 1326 0 John A. Norris
ED 27 1107 560 547 671 435 0 Georgie Dallas

Notes: The gender of two persons was illegible; that of a third person was not recorded. The racial identity of one person was illegible, that of two was not recorded, and one person was listed as Chinese.