Thanks for your comments, Reg. William Payne is a white merchant, as he never appeared in the Free Negro Tax List. He also has never appeared in the Charleston directories as fpc (free person of color). Harriet Nell is a free negro as she appears several times in the Free Negro Tax List. I think that your census idea is a great one. Although, they only list the head of household, I could find out the family make-up in terms of age and color groupings. I will check this out tomorrow. I don't expect to find Harriet Nell, as she is living withWilliam Payne. Will keep you posted.