However, the 1800 census for Surry County, North Carolina was enumerated in almost an alphabetic order. All the A's are listed, then all the B's, etc., except that within the A's the names are not alphabetized, etc.
I have not checked every county in every state for the 1800 census. But for the ones I have checked, the ones from North Carolina seem to have all been enumerated in this rather peculiar order, and the ones from other states seem to have been enumerated in house number order as usual.
This issue bears further investigation.
p.544 Cox, John 54010-00010 m f 00-09 1791-1800 5 0 10-15 1785-1790 4 0 16-25 1775-1784 0 0 26-44 1756-1774 1 1 John Cox 45-?? ????-1755 0 0I do not recognize this John Cox.