The census of the clergy from the Roman County (1836) Cover Image

Catagrafia personalului clerical din ținutul Roman (1836)
The census of the clergy from the Roman County (1836)

Author(s): Silviu Văcaru, Mihai-Cristian Amăriuței
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, 19th Century
Published by: Editura „Constantin Matasă”
Keywords: Moldavia; administrative-territorial reorganization; Roman County; census; clergy; villages; parish churches;

Summary/Abstract: On July 1, 1835, the new administrative-territorial organization of the Principality of Moldavia entered into force. The country was divided into 13 counties, among which the Roman County, with its residence in the homonymous city, was composed by four administrative subdivisions („ocoale”) – Ocolul Moldova, Ocolul Siretul de Jos, Ocolul Siretul de Sus and Ocolul Fundul – and 117 villages. The Treasury Department („Vistieria”) decided to register Moldavia’s entire population under different tax categories, according to the new administrative map of the country. The county officials began to draw up lists with all the residents who had fiscal obligations to the state, including the clergy, who paid a special tax („dajdia”). The census of the Roman County clergy started in the spring of 1836 and ended in mid-July the same year. The table sent to the Capital contains the names of 194 priests, 32 deacons and 183 psalm readers who served in 105 parish churches of the villages of the county and the city of Roman, the churches’ dedication days, as well as the number of inhabitants of each village. It constitutes an important historical source, which provide the interested researchers with useful information on topics ranging from social history to prosopography, and from economic history to anthroponymy.

  • Issue Year: 1/2019
  • Issue No: XXXV
  • Page Range: 165-182
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Romanian