Milam County, Texas

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Milam County, Texas: Voters' Registration 1867-1869

Headquarters, 5th Military District
Office of Secretary for Civil Affairs
Austin, Texas
16 Apr 1870

I certify that the foregoing is a correct transcript from the List of Registered Voters, Milam County, Texas, on file in this Office.

Chas. Eulrose (?)
Captain, U.S. Army, A.D.C.
Secy. for Civil Affairs

The Reconstruction Act of 13 March 1867, required the Commanding Officer in each military district to have, before 1 September, a registration of all qualified voters in each county. These lists would be used to determine all who would be eligible to vote for and proposed Constitutional Convention in the State of Texas.

The registrant had to take an oath stating that he was not disqualified by law from voting. Those ineligible included veterans which a rank of Major or above; any person who had previously taken an oath as a member of Congress, as an officer of the United States, as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, and who later engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or gave aid or comfort to the enemies thereof, and whose "disability" had not been removed by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress.

Local military authorities often interpreted this prohibition to include anyone who held any type of office or who in any way benefited from either state or federal government patronage, thereby preventing a number of otherwise eligible citizens from voting.

The 1867 Voter Registration includes names of voters who registered in the period between 1867 and 1869. Ledger entries are grouped by county, and the names are listed in the chronological order individuals presented themselves for registration.

Information contained on the voter registration ledger entries:

Index to Milam County 1867-1869 Voters' Registration

Texas State Library and Archives

The original Texas Voter's Registration ledgers have been microfilmed and are available to the public at the Texas State Library and Archives in person or through the Circulating Microfilm Program. The Texas State Library and Archives is located just east of the State Capitol at 1201 Brazos St., Austin, Texas.

There are 12 reels of Texas Voter's Registration microfilm as follows:

The reels of microfilm are available for inter-library loan to libraries, not to individuals. Contact your local library to arrange for an inter-library loan of the reels you wish to view. For more information, please see the Texas State Library and Archives website at:

Further, the reels of microfilm are available for loan through any local LDS Family History Center. Contact your local Family History Center to arrange for viewing of the material.

RESEARCH NOTE: Contained within the "General Remarks" section are references to the "Knights Golden Circle." The "Knights of the Golden Circle" was a secret society which was organized in August 1860 and helped to establish the secession movement throughout the United States. This movement ultimately lead to the "Rebellion," e.g., the American Civil War from 1861 through 1865. Members of the society were very pro-slavery and functioned somewhat along the blurred regions between Freemasonry and the Ku Klux Klan.

In abstracting this information, an effort has been put forth to present the names as found, however, names were spelled and abbreviated in many different forms. Additionally, the hand-writing could be difficult to interpret and individuals may have spelled their names in a variety of different ways. Also of consequence is the fact that some people were illiterate did not know the spelling of their names and relied on the government officials to provided their interpretation of the spelling.

If the spellings are not as you would expect, please understand reading the microfilm was not an easy task.

While I have attempted to make this manuscript as error free as possible; however, as with all human endeavors, it is not perfect. I ask the kind reader's indulgence.

Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Harris County, Texas

Statistics from the Milam County, Texas: Voters' Registration 1867-1869

White Voters 949
Colored Voters 512
Number of Voters 1,0462

Alabama 299
Arkansas 41
Delaware 1
Flordia 5
Georgia 138
Illinois 10
Indiana 5
Kentucky 70
Louisiana 35
Massachusetts 1
Maryland 11
Missouri 44
Mississippi 134
North Carolina 111
New Hampshire 1
New Jersey 2
New York 12
Ohio 1
Pennsylvania 8
South Carolina 8
Tennessee 205
Texas 109
Virginia 91
Vermont 2
. .
Cherokee Nation 1
High Seas 1
Other 3
. .
Austria 1
England 7
Germany 12
Ireland 7
Italy 1
Norway 1
Poland 2
Prussia 1
Scotland 3
Switzerland 1

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Research and indexed to be placed on-line here by Lynna Kay Shuffield, Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, United Daughters of the Confederacy

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Created on 21 Aug 2003 and last revised on 14 Mar 2007