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The Washington Territorial Legislature created Mason County on March 9, 1854. Originally named Sawamish (meaning a drifting or not a permanent people) after the local Native American tribe, the county’s name changed in 1864 to honor Charles Mason, the first Secretary of Washington Territory.
There are 326 names listed on this census.
For information about this census, email the Washington State Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Database: 1871 Mason County Census. ONLINE. 2003. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by Stan Staniforth of Bellevue, Washington. Final Proofreading by Judy Pitchford, Washington State Library. Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: Washington Territorial county census microfilm [microform]. Olympia: Washington State Library,  35 microfilm reels; 35 mm. http://cals.evergreen.edu/search~2/o52401955?For
Original census material held by Washington State Library.