Poorhouse (Alms House) Residents in the 1850 Census 

Eliot, YORK County, Maine

Note: In this report it is easy to spot the poorhouse because the census taker very considerately made a notation to the left 
designating this household as the Alms House. Often this was not done; and the only indication that the "household"
was a poorhouse is -- the fact that the head of household (first one listed) has as an occupation something like the term:
"Keeper of Alms House" or "Keeper of the Poorhouse" ... or, sometimes, merely "Keeper"!                    PHL

Whew! This handwriting is extremely difficult for us to read! Here are our best guesses.  PHL






Name Age Sex Profession, Occupation, or Trade of each Male Person over 15 years of age. Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.
Lydia Witham 76 F KEEPER OF ALMS HOUSE  
Eunice Waldron 66 F   Pauper
Abigail Husscourt?/Hamscomb? 61 F   Pauper/Idiotic
Lydia Greenough 68 F   Pauper
Lucy Huckins?/Huchins? 80 F   Pauper/Idiotic
William Rensesh?/Remich? 48 M   Pauper
James Fogg? 56 M   Pauper/Idiotic
James Knight 51 M Laborer  
Note: Live-in employees of the poorhouse were also listed, as in the final person in the list above.

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