In 1809, Madison County was still a part of the Mississippi territory. The following census which was published in the Territorial Papers, has been reproduced here. This census gives a reasonably accurate portrait of the families residing in Madison County at its earliest point in history.
Thomas Freeman was acting as Registrar to take applications from squatters desiring permission to remain on the land they occupied in Madison county until land sales were held in August 1809 in Nashville. The squatter made application, paid a small fee of six shillings, and Freeman registered them.
Given are the person's name; page number(s) from book; country of origin and sometimes birth data; the year of the certification and place of certificate if other than Madison County. Some earlier naturalizations are recorded in Circuit Court Minute Books but those listed here are the actual Certificates of Intent and Naturalization Certificates.