Sumner County, TN Poor House Records

Sumner County, TN Poor House Records
1843 - 1844

Transcribed by Joyce Stark Blocker

Sumner County Archives, Loose Records: Misc: Poorhouse Occupants 1840 - 1849, #184.

Annual Report by Jos. Smith, agt, for Sumner Poor House.
To the worshipfull County Court of Sumner. The amount of expenses that accrued from the 1st day of January 1843 up to the first of Jany 1844. Also the standing & conditions of the Institution..
Amt of Expenses for the Year 1843      $388.53
Average No. of Paupers the same year
13-1/4 and Average price per head       27.84

The number of inmates on hand the first day of Jany 1844 - Fourteen. Six males & Eight Females
John Patton 69 years old or upwards. past doing work
Levi Davis 60 years old - afflicted cant work
Chas. Bratton 55 years old - in bad health
Elizabeth Law (or Lane ?) - 67 years old Helpless
Dorcas Carman 28 years old - Deformed
Rhoda Arnold 86 years old - past work
Nancy Black 44 years old - Entirely helpless
Maria Black 21 years old - nurse for her mother.
Lucinda Bates - 40 years old - can work
Almarinda Bates 3 years old
Reubin Forester 55 years old Able to work a little.
Willis Hall 77 years old past working
George Harpers ? Harpow? 55 years old quite a good hand to work
Negro Thamar about 64 years old - hearty but blind
On hand the 1 day of Jany 1844 - one horse 6 head cattle 21 head hogs 8 feather beds. Raised on the farm the year 1843 about 75 or 80 Barrels Corn, 13 or 14 hundred pounds of Pork & 30 bushels of wheat with other crops sufficient to support the place. One death occuring the year Richrd Rose.
                Jos. Smith Agt For Poor House

We the Commissioners do Certify that the within report herein exhibited to us by Jos. Smith, Agt for the Poor House has been duly examined & we find it to be a true statement of said institution. Given from under our hands this the 1st of Jany 1844.

               Isaac Baker
               James Wallace
               Jas Douglass

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