Georgia Tax record problem
I am indexing Georgia Tax records. There is a recurring "name" appearing at the end of the name field that is spelled "nopale" or "nopole"
Barrister nopole Owen
Anderson nopole Owen
This has appeared about 5 or 6 times in this batch. So it looks like an abbreviation that means something, not a name. Any help would be appreciated.
Melissa S Himes ✭✭✭✭✭
I don't think it is a name. I think it might say no pole, as in no poll tax. Perhaps they were exempt because they were white and had an ancestor who voted prior to the civil war or an African American who was not allowed to vote because they couldn't pay a poll tax. The researcher who finds the person can figure that out.
I would index the names without the "nopole". Later there is a "deceased" and "as administrator of" so it is apparent they were making notes as they went along. Those notes would be ignored.1
Áine Ní Donnghaile ✭✭✭✭✭
No poll means that the individual did not have to pay the poll tax to vote. If the person listed is an adult white male, he may be recently deceased, with property still in his name.
Thanks so much! The answer made sense. Best to all of you.