Women Voted Year After Year
Upper Penns Neck Township
Salem County, New Jersey
December 23 & 24, 1800
Ink on Paper
This poll list is from a December 1800 congressional election that was held at the home of Philip Souder, an innkeeper in Upper Penns Neck Township, Salem County. The election determined congressional office holders for the United States House of Representatives. We do not currently know the names of the town officers, including the judge, collector, clerk, and poll inspectors who presided over the election.
The poll list includes the names of 217 total voters. At least 29 of these voters are women, accounting for nearly 13 percent of the voters on the list.
Like the rest of Salem County, Upper Penns Neck Township voted Democratic Republican in December 1800. Most voters in the township supported Democratic-Republicans James Mott, Ebenezer Elmer, John Condit, William Helms, and Henry Southard for the United States House of Representatives.
Note: The names recorded on this poll list were written by an election official, not by the voters themselves. The spelling of each voter’s name on the poll list may be different compared to how that same person’s name is spelled in other historical records and by the Museum of the American Revolution.
Images: Salem County Historical Society
This election took place in Upper Penns Neck Township, Salem County, New Jersey.
Sarah Smith, Elinor Williams, and Mary Strimple voted together.
Susannah Bradaway, Sarah King, and Mary Curry voted together.View Mary Curry
Elizabeth Louderback voted as a widow in December 1800.View Elizabeth Louderback
Elisa Winser and Rachel Neavel voted together.
Elizabeth Windle and Margaret Lath voted together.
Elizabeth Lath may have voted with Elizabeth Windle and Margaret Lath.
Christiana Kitts voted as a widow in December 1800.View Christiana Kitts
Sarah Merry and Rachel Smith voted together.