Early Records of the Hope Family in Florida: 1840 Federal Census; 1843 Voter List

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     William Hope and his brothers John, Henry and David migrated to Florida in the mid-1830s. The earliest record of the Hope family in Florida is the 1840 Federal Census, which shows Henry Hope as a resident of Newnansville, Alachua County, Florida. His household consists of 1 male between the ages of 20 and 30 and 1 female between 20 and 30 (presumably Henry and his wife Alatha Frances Garrison) and 4 slaves (1 male between 24 and 36 years of age; 1 female under 10 and 2 females between the ages of 10 and 24).

Above: Detail from 1840 Census, Newnansville, FL for Henry Hope
Source: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Year: 1840; Census Place: Newnansville, Alachua, Florida Territory; Roll 36; Page: 161; Image: 339; Family History Library Film: 0006712.
 
Above: Detail from 1840 Census, Newnansville, FL for Henry Hope
Source: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Year: 1840; Census Place: Newnansville, Alachua, Florida Territory; Roll 36; Page: 161; Image: 339; Family History Library Film: 0006712.

     The earliest known mention of William Hope in Florida is on a list of voters made in November of 1843, where he is listed as a resident of the Chucochatta [Chocochatta] precinct. You may view the document transcription on the Early History of Hernando County website.   

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