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The Oregon Territorial Legislature created Lewis County on December 19, 1845. It is named in honor of Meriwether Lewis.
This census lists the earliest American settlers in present-day Washington.
There are 199 names are listed on the census.
Judging from the writing, there were several enumerators. It also appears the census was rewritten with the settlers’ names in alphabetical order. We do not know why this was done.
For more information about this census, email the Washington State Archives Southwest Regional Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org
Database: 1851 Lewis County Census. ONLINE. 2003. Updated 2008. Washington Secretary of State. Transcribed and Proofread by Roger Easton, Olympia, Washington. Final Proofreading by Marlys Rudeen, Washington State Library. Available: http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov
Source: 1851 Lewis County Census. Olympia: Washington State Archives Southwest Branch.
Original material held at the Washington State Archives Southwest Branch.