Volume XXII of the Third Series of the Published Pennsylvania Archives contains Pennsylvania tax lists for the western frontier counties of Allegheny, Bedford, Fayette, Huntingdon, Washington, and Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. Genealogy researchers will find the western Pennsylvania tax lists extremely useful when searching for their frontier ancestors. Taxpayers are listed by township and typically the acres owned, horses, and cattle are also tallied. The county tax lists include the Returns of Taxables for the following years:
- Allegheny County, 1791 - Bedford County, 1773, 1774, 1775, 1776, 1779, 1783 and 1784,
- Fayette County, 1785 & 1786
- Huntingdon County, 1788
- Westmoreland County, 1783, 1786
- Washington County, 1781
The 1784 Bedford County tax list and the1783 Westmoreland County tax list are of particular interest to researchers. These tax lists itemize the number of dwellings and the acres per taxable, along with the number of white and black inhabitants. The result is that these tax lists can serve as a county census for Westmoreland County and Bedford County.
It is worth noting that many of the present day western Pennsylvania counties were once apart of one or more of the above counties at one time or another. If you are looking for western Pennsylvania families from the mid 1770's to the early 1790's, this CD of the Western Frontier Counties Tax Lists for Pennsylvania from the Third Series of the Published Pennsylvania Archives might just assist you in finding them. (796 pp.)