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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 75 names listed on this census.
For information about this census, email the Washington State Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Database: 1857 Mason County Census. ONLINE. 2003. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Kent, Washington and Jan Crews, Ellensburg, Washington. Final Proofreading by Marlys Rudeen, Washington State Library. Available Online: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: Assessment and Census rolls, Washington Territory, 1857 and 1860 [microform] / compiled by the county assesors. Olympia: Washington State Library,  1 microfilm reel; 35 mm. http://cals.evergreen.edu/search~2/o41704563?For