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Introduction

Township tax lists provide a useful source of information for persons living in a particular area in Pennsylvania during the Colonial period.
These lists were primarily limited to land owners, usually males. There are four main classes of persons appearing routinely in these lists:

Land Owners, of 21 years or older
Freemen, over the age of 21 but not owning land
Inmates,
Non-Residential Land owners, above the age of 21, owning land, but not living within the township

Most lists only show the "land owners", though the person listed may actually have been a tenant rather than the actual land owner. [1]
Persons whom the tax collector considered elderly or infirm were sometimes not listed.
Widows are commonly identified as the land owner in the years following their husbands death,
though if they remarried they would no longer be assessed.

Tax records normally would be expected to begin shortly after a township was organized.
There are some indications that taxes were not collected in some areas for a good many years after the township formed.

In any case, most tax records do not seem to have survived.  


The following data is intended to provide an index to surviving tax records in Chester County.
Data is being collected in an attempt to identify when the townships were organized.
In many cases a specific date of organization has not been found.
In the table below, grey areas indicate when tax records would not be expected to exist,
simply because the township did not exist at the time shown.

Sources

Various persons have made transcriptions of the surviving tax records.
Some of these transcriptions are to be found in Futhey and Cope's History of Chester County published in XXXX.
Others have been transcribed in recent years and placed in various archives.
In some cases these transcriptions are based on the LDS microfilm records held by the Chester County Historical Society,
and in some cases, they are simply retranscriptions of Futhey and Cope's transcriptions.

Major sources for these transcriptions on the internet can be found at:

USGW Archives,
Chester PA Roots

Many of these transcriptions were prepared by Fred Kelso or Sandra Ferguson.

The following table provides links to these transcriptions. If the date of the transcription appears alone, the it points to a USGW Archives.
If it appears with a subscript "R", then it comes from Chester PA-Roots.
The inclusion of the letters "A", "B" following the date, indicate that there are two alterative transcriptions on the site in question.
The transcriptions may or may not be identical, and both should be examined.
There are probably other transcriptions available; these will be added if and when found.

Data

The following data is specific to the area now lying within Chester County.
Areas to the west of the Ooctoraro, north of the Schullykill, and in the area later formed into Delaware County, are not shown.
Only townships that formed prior to the Revoultion are shown.

Year Bradford East Bradford West Bradford Caln East Caln West Caln Charlestown Coventry East Town Faggs Manor Fallowfield East Fallowfield West Fallowfield Goshen Kennet London Britain Londond Grove Londonderry Marlborough East marborough West Marborough Nantmeal East Nantmeal West Nantmeal East Nottingham West Nottingham New Garden New London Newlin Oxford Pennsbury Pikeland Sadsbury Tredyffrin Turpenhocken Unknown Upland Uwchlan Vincent Westtown Whiteland Willistown
Year 1705 1731 ? 1702 1728 1728 ? 1718 1704 1734 1718 1743 1743 1704 1705 1726 1725 1734 ? 1729 1729 1705 1739 1739 1717 1717 1700 ? aft 1724 1754 ? 1717 1707 1725 ? by 1683 c1703 1723 c1700 1704 1704
1693 1677
1694 1678
1695
1696
1697
1698
1699
1700
1701
1702
1703
1704
1705
1706
1707
1708
1709
1710
1711
1712
1713
1714
1715 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R "1715, 1715R " 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R 1715, 1715R
1716 1724
1717 1725
1718 1718, 1718R 1718, 1718,1718R, 1718R 1718, 1718R 1718R 1726 1718, 1718R 1718 1718
1719 1719, 1719-20R 1719-20R 1729 1719
1720 1720, 1720R 1730 1720 1720
1721 1721, 1721R 1721, 1721R 1753
1722 1722, 1722R 1722, 1722R 1722, 1722R 1722, 1722R 1722, 1722R 1722, 1722R "1722, 1722R "
1723 1725
1724 1724, 1724R 1724R, 1724, 1724R 1724, 1724R 1724 1726 1724, 1724 1724
1725 "1725, 1725R " 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725 R+Sadsbury 1725 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725AR, 1725BR 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725R 1725 1725R "1725, 1725R " [1], 1725R+Fallowfield "1725, 1725AR, 1725BR " 1725 1725, 1725AR, 1725BR 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R 1725, 1725R
1726 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726R "1726, 1726R " 1726, 1726R "1726, 1726R " 1726 1726, 1726R "1726R " 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R 1726, 1726R
1727 1727, 1727R 1727, 1727R "1727, 1727R " 1727, 1727R 1726, 1727R
1728 1727,
1729 "1729, 1729R " 1729, 1729R "1729, 1729R " 1729 1729, 1729R 1729 1729R 1729, 1729R 1729, 1729R "1729, 1729R " 1729, 1729R 1729, 1729R 1729, 1730R "1729, 1729R " 1729, 1729R 1729, 1729R 1729R "1729, 1729R " "1729, 1729R " "1729, 1729R " 1729, 1729, 1729R 1729, 1729R
1730 "1730, 1730R " 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730,1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R "1730, 1730R " 1730 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730R 1730, 1730R "1730, 1730R " "1730, 1730R " 1730a, 1730b 1730, 1730R 1729, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R 1730, 1730R
1731
1732 1732R 1732 1732, 1732R 1732 1732, 1730
1733
1734 1734, 1734R 1734, 1734R 1734, 1734R 1734, 1734R
1735 1735, 1735a, 1735b, 1735R, 1735R 1735, 1735a, 1735b, 1735R 1735, 1735b 1735R 1735R 1735, 1735R
1736 1735R
1737 1737, 1737-38R 1737, 1737-38R
1738
1739 1739
1740 1740, 1740 - 1741R 1740
1741 1753 1740 - 1741R
1742
1743
1744
1745
1746
1747 "1747, 1747R "
1748
1749
1750 "1750, , 1750-51R "
1751
1752
1753 "1753, 1753R " "1753, 1753R " 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753R 1753; 1753R "1753, 1753R " 1753, 1753R 1753R 1753 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753 1753R 1753, 1753R "1753, 1753R " "1753

, 1753R

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1753, 1753R 1753, 1753R 1753
1754 1766 1718+1754R 1774 1754, 1754R 1781 1770,
1755 1767 1779,
1756 1774
1757
1758
1759
1760+ 1774R 1774R 1774R 1774R 1774R 1774R "1760R, 1764R

, 1770R 1774R , 1779R

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