Indians in Mason County Michigan 1870 Census

The following 229 people were identified as Indians (I) in column 6 (color) of the 1870 census for Mason County Michigan. The instructions to enumerators for conducting the 1870 census are essentially the same as those for the 1860 census:

Indians not taxed are not to be enumerated. The families of Indians who have renounced tribal rule, and who under state or territory laws exercise the rights of citizens, are to be enumerated. 1

So the following 229 people identified in the 1870 Mason County Michigan census are believed to have renounced tribal rule, and under state law, exercised their rights as citizens to be enumerated.

I noticed when compiling these results that the population of those being identified as Indians in Mason County dropped from 409 in 1860, to only 229 in 1870. This follows a recognized statewide pattern of lower Native American population for Michigan, which at this time I cannot identify the reason for.

The records below contains only those in a household who were identified by an I for their color. There may be others in the household who are not identified below and that will be on the actual census images.

TownF#H#GivenSurnameAgeSexRaceBirth LocationOccupation
Eden11AntidoineDornga56mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden11LouryDornga20fIndianMichigan
Eden11TonnessDornga9fIndianMichigan
Eden22Miller B.Canburn40mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden22One quaCanburn40fIndianMichigan
Eden22LeviCanburn4mIndianMichigan
Eden22JohnsonCanburn2mIndianMichigan
Eden33JohnCarrbage35mIndianMichigan
Eden33FancyMoses60fIndianMichigan
Eden44GeorgeChing mash55mIndianMichigan
Eden44One gaot quaChing mash40fIndianMichigan
Eden44MaryChing mash15fIndianMichigan
Eden44AnnybaChing mash13fIndianMichigan
Eden44Ke si quaChing mash2fIndianMichigan
Eden55TashTaco56mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden55Mary AnnTaco48fIndianMichigan
Eden55Ne qon co quaTaco10fIndianMichigan
Eden55SuseneTaco8fIndianMichigan
Eden55MartimoTaco6fIndianMichigan
Eden66A. M.French52mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden66Sheq ahgkeFrench40fIndianMichigan
Eden66AmosFrench8mIndianMichigan
Eden66NancyFrench5fIndianMichigan
Eden77JohnsonShuk cok87mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden88FrederickHall70mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden88SusettHall50fIndianMichigan
Eden88EuniceHall14fIndianMichigan
Eden99JohnWakefield50mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden99Qua miceWakefield40fIndianMichigan
Eden1010JosephHall45mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden1010MaryHall30mIndianMichigan
Eden1010NancyHall15fIndianMichigan
Eden1010SarahHall5fIndianMichigan
Eden1010BatticeHall3mIndianMichigan
Eden1010CeliaHall4 monthsfIndianMichigan
Eden1111Kat ShegakeHall40mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden1111GeorgeHall23mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden1111SarahHall18fIndianMichigan
Eden1111JohnsonHall3mIndianMichigan
Eden1111SpencerHall3 monthsmIndianMichigan
Eden1313JohnHall30mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden1313MaryHall25fIndianMichigan
Eden1313MaryHall6fIndianMichigan
Eden1313BenjaminHall4mIndianMichigan
Eden1313CharityHall2fIndianMichigan
Eden1414PeterHall44mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden1414Sha zahHall28fIndianMichigan
Eden1414ClarissaHall5 monthsfIndianMichigan
Eden1515PeterWalker25mIndianMichiganFarmer
Eden1515ElizaWalker30fIndianMichigan
Citations:
  1. Eighth Census, United States—1860. Instructions to U.S. Marshals, p. 14.[]

Topics:
1870 Census,

Collection:
Michigan Census Records: A directory of resources providing online access to Michigan Census records. See also United States Census Records for census records on all of the United States.

2 thoughts on “Indians in Mason County Michigan 1870 Census”

  1. I am trying to trace my family roots. I have a picture of my great grandma Marillah Lillian Bedford whose parents are James Bedford and Mary Jane Walker Card, Mary Jane Walker Cards parents are William Card and Clarissa Walker. I do believe my family is the descendants of a Michigan Tribe. If you can help me with any information it would be greatly appreciated.

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