Women Voted Year After Year
Upper Penns Neck Township
Salem County, New Jersey
October 12 & 13, 1803
Ink on Paper
This poll list is from an October 1803 state election that was held at the houses of Andrew Alston and George Clark, innkeepers at Alston and the Cove in Upper Penns Neck Township, Salem County. The election determined annual officeholders for the New Jersey State Assembly and Legislative Council, and for Salem County Sheriff and Coroner. The town officers presiding over the election included Judge Andrew Vanneman, Assessor Charles Jones, Clerk Isaac Ward, and Collector Joseph Borden.
The poll list includes the names of 252 total voters. At least 29 of these voters are women, accounting for nearly 12 percent of the voters on the list.
Like the rest of Salem County, Upper Penns Neck Township voted Democratic Republican in October 1803. Most voters in the township supported Democratic-Republicans Edward Burroughs, Samuel Ray, and Merriman Smith for State Assembly and William Parrett for Legislative Council. We do not know who they supported for county sheriff or coroner.
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.
Margaret Lath, Elizabeth Lounsberry, and Elizabeth Lath voted together.
Rebecca Summeral and Hannah Vaneman voted together.
It is possible Ava Kirby and Jessa Johnson were female voters.Explore Women Voting Together
It is possible that Jessa Sommers was a female voter.
Rachel Ewan and Rachel Sparks voted together.
Prudence Lloyd and Jane Floyd voted together.
Charity Lloyd and Sarah King voted together.
A total of 252 voters cast their ballots in this election. What happened next?
Andrew Vanneman, Charles Jones, Joseph Borden, and Isaac Ward all served as election officials for this election.