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Re: [Revlist] Tithables and Polls

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  • Elroy Davis
    Black s Law Dictionary (searchable on Google Books), describes a poll as being Persons individually considered, without relation to others... In the case
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 6, 2013
      Black's Law Dictionary (searchable on Google Books), describes a poll as
      being "Persons individually considered, without relation to others..."

      In the case described below, I would read that to mean "three Shillings per
      person."

      -Elroy


      On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM, <umfspock87@...> wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > Dear List,
      >
      > I wonder if anyone can help me better understand the term poll in
      > reference to a person in colonial times.
      >
      > Here in Virginia, a tithable was a person who was
      >
      > a male 16 or older ( free or indentured servant or slave ) --- in other
      > words, any male over 15 OR
      >
      > a female servant or slave 16 or older
      >
      > But I'm still unclear what a poll refers to in Virginia. Would that be a
      > person eligible to vote? If so, it would be any free male of 21, right?
      >
      > Here is how the term is being used in something I am studying.
      >
      > "It is recommended that the sum of three Shillings per poll...be paid by,
      > and for every thithable person in this County, to the Sheriff....."
      >
      > Like I say, I understand what every tithable person refers to, but I'm not
      > sure what they mean by, per poll.
      >
      > My guess is this.
      >
      > Every eligible voter in Virginia ( free men over 21 ) would have to pay 3
      > shillings AND pay an additional three shillings for every tithable person
      > they are responsible for.
      >
      > Can anyone clarify this for me?
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > Mike Cecere 7th VA
      >
      > .
      >
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