Update on CF project & 1890 Muscogee census project
Cynthia Nason has been traveling a lot since she retired, and has
also dealt with some illness in the family, so when she was in the
Columbus area this past weekend, she and Kemis and I took advantage
of the opportunity to meet via teleconference and discuss progress
with the cemetery project. I will be posting a summary of our
discussion to this list in the next couple of days. Also, I am
planning to be in Columbus in February and possibly again in April,
so we will be setting meeting dates and times soon so that those who
are interested may plan to come.
In addition, I know most of you are probably subscribed to the
Muscogee Co. mailing list on Rootsweb, but for those of you who are
not, I have just posted the following announcement about the 1890
Muscogee census project:
>>A project is being undertaken to compile and publish a substitute1890 census of Muscogee County, Georgia.
A census of Muscogee County was originally conducted as part of the
Eleventh Decennial U. S. Census in June 1890. Subsequently, a
recount of the entire city of Columbus was carried out. Final
figures show that Muscogee County had 27,761 residents in 1890--
17,303 of these being inhabitants of the City of Columbus. The
original and only copy of the 1890 U. S. Census was damaged in a
fire at a Commerce Department building in Washington, D.C., in 1921.
The surviving remnants were ordered destroyed by Congress in 1934,
although some fragments from around the country survive. These
fragments include several pages from Ward Six in Columbus.
Using county and city records, local newspapers, cemetery surveys,
and so forth, we hope to put together as accurate a list of residents
in the county as possible. This substitute census aims to include
additional data on each individual, beyond what the original census
detailed, to whatever extent it can be learned, including dates and
places of birth, marriage, death and burial for each person. It is
our hope to create a valuable tool for genealogists and historical
researchers interested in this locality during this time period.
Research has already begun, and our target publication date is June
In addition to the substitute census, the work will include
transcriptions and abstractions of local records from the period,
including marriages, births, deed transactions, tax digests, a city
directory, and so forth. Once research, printing and binding costs
have been covered, any proceeds from the project will benefit the
fund to rescue the historic Clapp's Factory Cemetery in Muscogee
County. This will be administered through the Clapp's Factory
Cemetery Preservation League, which is incorporated as a not-for-
profit entity with the State of Georgia.
Anyone wishing to participate in this non-profit, volunteer project
in some capacity may join the project Yahoo! group at:
or contact me directly at retrofit@...
Also, we will be setting up a webpage through which descendants or
other researchers who have knowledge of individuals residing in
Muscogee County in 1890 may submit data to be included in the
substitute census. There may be persons or entire families who
didn't appear in any record or source in 1890, aside from the lost
census rolls. We are interested, as well, in learning of individuals
or families who were residing in Muscogee Co. in 1880, but had moved
away from the county before 1890. A separate announcement will be
made when that webpage has been launched.
Updates will be posted to this message board and list periodically.
We will not be taking pre-orders until a manuscript draft has been
completed so that we are able to calculate the cost of printing and
binding. Thanks to all of you who have expressed interest and
support for the project so far.
John Mallory Land
1890 Muscogee Project Coordinator<<