A Guide to the Bridgewater Voter Roll, 1902-[1910-1948]-undated
Processed by: Julia Merkel, March 2005
Preferred Citation: Bridgewater Voter Roll. SC 3013, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
Scope and Content: This ledger dates from May 1910 to October 1948 with a few entries back-dated to 1902 and 1907, and other entries undated.
The pre-printed label with handwritten blanks indicated by italics on the front of the ledger reads:
The headings for the roll include: date of registration; number; name; birthdate; age in years; occupation; residence; length of residence in state, county and precinct; “Is he exempt from payment of poll tax as a prerequisite to voting?”; If naturalized, date of papers and by what court issued; if transferred, when and to what precinct. The earliest registrants listed are S. C. Miller in 1902 and John A. Shickel in 1907. The earliest birth date listed is Rev. H. C. Early who was born in 1855. Occupations are varied from students, farmers, laborers, furniture makers, and dealers to less predictable fields such as photographer, vet surgeon, dentist, and naval aviator. Most registrants are local, or were transferred from within the state and region. A few exceptions are teachers, F. D. Dove who emigrated from Amsterdam in 1928, and teacher, J. Emmett Ikenberry from Amsterdam in 1931. Most entries are handwritten in blue or black ink. “Deceased” is at times indicated in red ink.
Acquisition Information: Purchased from Scott Suter (via eBay) in March, 2005.