Below I will give you some tips for locating the poorhouse- related stories which brought you here. But first, read about the project described below.  PHL
The Library of Congress has some wonderful information on-line in its American Memory series of collections.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mdbquery.html

The link above will take you to their search engine. When you get there,  just enter the keyword or phrase which you jotted down before coming to this current page, choose the option for "Match this exact phrase",  and click SEARCH.   PHL

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