Plunk/Plonk Households in 1790-1820 US Censuses

Since 1789, the US Constitution requires a census to determine the number of each state's members in the House of Representatives. Before each census during 1790-1820, the US Congress passed a law setting the day of enumeration as the first Monday in August. All of the following original documents are written in Lincoln County, NC.

2 August 1790

Format: Free males 16+, 0-15; Free females; Slaves

This page is associated with the Indian Creek area because Peter Carpenter's home is known to be 400 feet south of Indian Creek near the present-day Lincoln-Gaston county line. That is west of Long Shoals. (Carpenter 2011).

4 August 1800

Format: Free white males 0-9, 10-15, 16-25, 26-44, 45+; Free white females, same; Free colored; Slaves

6 August 1810

Format: same as 1800, supplemented with what appears to be non-census tax-paid checkmarks and acreage ownership

7 August 1820

Format: Free white males 0-9, 10-15, 16-18, 16-25, 26-44, 45+; Free white females 0-9, 10-15, 16-25, 26-44, 45+; foreigners; engaged in agriculture, commerce, manufactures; Slaves males 0-13, 14-25, 26-44, 45+; females same; Free colored males same; females same

First census where family name was spelled Plonk.