Virginia counties began making Personal Property Tax (PPT) lists in 1782. Each county’s yearly list included the name of the person in each household responsible for paying the tax and the number of free white males over the age of majority. Other taxable items varied, but usually included slaves, cattle and horses. The person charged with the tax was usually a male, but could sometimes be a woman if there were no males in the household over 21. The age of majority was usually 16, but as you can see from the lists, that wasn’t always strictly adhered to.

The records included here contain all Jordans listed on the PPTs in Greenbrier, Kanawha and Cabell Counties during the time that James Jordan and his family were living there. Spelling is left as in the original; and clarifying comments are added where appropriate.

Greenbrier County

Kanawha County

Cabell County