Felon Mark on End of Right Thumb

See, this is what happens.  You start by researching a friend’s recently found saloon token and then discover that early voter registers recorded (visible) physical marks and scars….

I am guessing it was so voters could be identified definitively on polling day–and pre-photo identification, it makes sense…

The two pages below are from Humboldt’s 1892-1898 Voter Registration records, accessed through Ancestry.com.

I have never heard of a “felon mark”.  Notice a lot of men (and note that they were ONLY men), had “mashed” or missing digits.

Update from a commenter on Facebook–I’ll post her name once I get permission:

A felon is a fingertip abscess deep in the palm side of the finger. It usually is caused by bacterial infection, most often from growth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. A painful bump on the end of a finger that is sometimes mistaken for a felon is a herpes virus infection that forms a herpetic whitlow.

Ancestry.32421_227311-00170

Ancestry.com.VoterRegis.32421_227311-00172

I couldn’t find anything about “felon marks” online. If anyone knows or runs across anything about them, please share in the comments below.

One Response to Felon Mark on End of Right Thumb

  1. lnaymorgan says:

    Interesting!

    Sent from my iPad

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