Re: William Cooper, Loudoun Co., Va. 1791
First, I am not a researcher of any Cooper lines.I write Loudoun Co genealogical references and do free lookups.I also live outside of Virginia, so I understand the difficulties of long distance research.
Two men by the same name in two different Battalions (districts) on the personal property tax lists would indicate two different people.There could even be two or more men by the same name in one Battalion.The letters A, B or C after the year were the place of the lists on the microfilm and had no other meaning.The lists were those sent to the Auditor in Richmond each year. The courthouse in Leesburg no longer has its original lists.For more information about personal property tax lists, go to:
With both the tithables and the personal property tax lists, the first, or only, person listed would be the head of the household and responsible for paying the taxes.Unlike most counties, the Loudoun enumerators usually listed the names of all the tithable males in that household instead of just the head of household.Be aware that the head of household was responsible for the tax on any hired hands who live on his property, so additional people listed may not be related.
For a while, the county experienced a problem with squirrels destroying the crops.For a short time they accepted squirrel scalps as payment, which meant the residence were out killing the squirrels in large numbers.
If you have further questions about Loudoun Co records, please contact me directly.