transcribed by: Janice Falvey
re-keyed for web publication: Antoinette Waughtel Sorensen
note. These extracts are
from an account book of indigents that is housed in the Middlesex County
Historical Society, Middletown, CT.
Though the account book is undated, it covers payments
1860-1866. The ethnic
backgrounds are in parenthesis as it came from the book.
The comments regarding the recipients were copied as is from the
account book and are not the comments of the contributor.
Mary MANNING (Irish)
lives on Main Street. Husband
James d. about 8 yrs ago - 3 children:
Sarah, 11; John, 9; James 7.
John b. Glastonbury. Washes
out 2/3 times each week; has been here about 12 years.
furnished for years 1860-1866 $499.06.
Samuel BREWSTER (Irish)
died 3 yrs ago, an industrious and temperate man, died suddenly.
Leaving his wife and 4 small children destitute; lived here some
15/16 yrs. Children all
born in Middletown. William,
13; Mary ??; Jane, 11; Edward, 8; John, 6; live in house on Green
furnished for years 1860-66 $558.70
James died 4 yrs ago - lived here 8/10 yrs; came here direct from
Ireland; 4 children: Thomas,
14 works for Mr. WHITE; Lawrence, 7; Mary, 6; James, 4.
All born here but Thomas born in Ireland; live Green Street.
furnished for yrs 1860-65 approximately $270.
Dennis WHALEN (Irish)
d 2 yrs ago next Jan. 2
children: John, 6; Thomas,
4; both born in this town; lived in Middletown 22 yrs - no property;
does washing for a living; live Patrick MORAN's house on Liberty Street.
furnished 1860-63 $141.
Patrick MORAN (Irish)
died 10 June 1862 - has 5 children:
John, 10; Thomas, 9; Ann, 6; Ellen, 4 1/2; William, 2; house on
Liberty Street; owned a house which is mortgaged to Middletown Savings
Bank. Had a half a ton of
coal from Mr. HUBBARD.
furnished for years 1862-63 $41.43.
on Liberty Street; has a large family and no work, ask for some fuel.
George NORRIS (Irish)
lives near Ferry Street; worthy woman; has 3 children all born in
Middletown; Margaret, 7; Emma, 5; George, 4 (Irish).
furnished for years 1860-66 $299.25
woman lives on Huber Avenue; poor; 50 cents per week;
6/64 coal 3.76 to May 4 $9.50
here from Virginia since the commencement of the war; poor; husband
Dennis left her; one child: John,
furnished for 1863 $4.50.
Liberty Street; been in Middletown about 8 yrs from Norwich; husband
James died Ireland; came to Norwich and lived there 2 yrs; has one child
Catherine born in Old Country; is married, husband Thomas FITZGERALD. Allowed 50 cents per week.
furnished for yrs 1860-61 $21; for 1861-62 $13.
Catherine DONOHUE (Irish)
husband Michael a volunteer 4th Regiment; he a poor stick (?); she a
smart woman with 6 small children:
Mary, 12; John, 8; William, 6; Ellen and Julia (twins), 4;
Margaret, 2; all born in Middletown.
furnished for 1860-64 $184.83
John KELLY (Mary) (Irish)
died 2 yrs ago; lived in this town 21 yrs; 2 children both born
Middletown: Bridget, 7;
before he died left her nothing; help 50 cents per week.
the year of 1866 aid furnished was $41.
Ned KELLY (Catherine) (Irish)
on Main Street; husband died about 2 yrs ago - a poor, drunken,
miserable creature - no help - 3 children:
Lizzie, 11; Edward, 7; Dominick, 10; all children born here; does
some washing out.
furnished for Oct. 6/61 to Jan. 7/65 $53.83
Street; 2 children:
Richard, 1; Patrick 3 months; lived in Middletown 7 yrs; children
born here; came here direct from Ireland; husband coaster on river, been
sick; he sent to workhouse in Feb. 1862; went security (?) for 3 months;
rent to Deacon WOODWARD $7.50.
Street; no family except wife; old people and very poor; works in garden
and odd jobs in summer; not need anything but a little coal.
furnished 1862-66 $65.83 mostly for coal.
to this town has lived sometime in Meriden, returned here in August and
has a child - illegitimate; poor and simple; no chance to get redress
from the father of the child. Child
died in Oct. She died Aug.
1862. Town paid for
John MARSHALL (Irish)
near depot; poor; no work; a widow and 2 children.
furnished 1861-66 $49.25
CRONIN (Timothy) (Irish) 1861
Creek; 3 small children; poor; lived Middletown about 3 yrs; previously
lived Portland 6 yrs from arrival in this country.
Husband died in Portland 3 yrs ago last Oct. Has 5 children: Mary
20, lives New Haven; Margaret, 18 (m. George HAMILTON) lives here; John,
14 (no work); Ellen, 11; Michael, 5;
no children born here, notified Portland Dec. 14, 1861 - account
charged to Portland to Oct. 1, 1862.
furnished Oct. 6/61 - Feb. 6/64 $57.46
Cornelius KEARNS (Irish)
married Haddam; workhouse; live at Creek; 8 children - 6 at home:
James, 18 (works at Pamecha); Cornelius, 15; Edward, 13; Raymond,
11; Ellen, 9; Mary, 5; lived in Middletown 26 yrs; children all born
tailor, disappeared Jan. 28 mysteriously, not known or suspected what
has become of him. An
man, and known to have been drunk the night of his disappearance.
3 children: Margaret,
5; Ellen, 3; Mary, 1; lived Middletown 12/15 yrs; children all born
here; poor, live at Creek.
above MCARTHY was found dead (March) in the Creek near Mill with marks
of violence upon his person. Child
Margaret died May 8, 1862.
Furnished from Feb. 11, 1862 to June 23, 1865 $211.43.
of Daniel Hanley who was accidentally
killed in Portland Quarry April 20, 1861; poor, sick; 3 children all
born here: Margaret, 8;
Johanna, 5; Patrick, 3; he came here direct from Ireland and lived here
until his death about 14 years; live next to the Catholic Church; she
sick with consumption - died.
furnished from Oct. 2, 1862 to June 7, 1863
AHERN (Irish) Jan. 1862
Mary Burke who had child by John Kelly, a joiner who paid the town $1
7 yrs ago; has had help for the child benefit from time-to-time
to the amount of about $25 to this date.
Child's name: Ellen Kelly, 7 years old.
The above Thomas is a good, industrious fellow; has several
children by Mary Burke of his own; lives at Creek, she now his wife.
of Henry; came to this country about 10 years ago; first landed in New
York, there 7 yrs; then to New Haven, 1 1/2 yrs; a Scotch woman fell and
broke her leg last summer in Higganum; taken to Alms House some time
after; she left Alms House and is living near the foot of Court Street.
Is aided by Mrs. Bing (?) Douglas, whose active benevolence and
charity constantly bless the poor of this city; 3 children: Margaret, 15, lives ?????; Frank, 11; Ellen about 17, lives
in the country.
furnished 1862 for coal $5.50
of John Cotter who died about 4 yrs ago; they lived in Portland 7 years
from the first arrival from Ireland.
When they moved to this town.
Been here 5 years; 2 children:
Hannah, 7; Bridget, 5.
pays all expenses - $109.65
died last spring (April); 1 child 5 years old; sick; live foot of Court
Street; a poor, drinking, miserable specimen; been in Middletown 18
furnished Jan. 29, 1862 $1
William HAYES (Irish)
Street; husband died; lived here about 16 yrs; 2 children:
Mary, 16; Patrick, 12; had a half ton coal last winter; a poor,
but worthy woman; will not need but a little help to carry through the
Richard BALDWIN (Irish) 1861
Street; husband died about 1 1/2 yrs ago; poor, and has 4 children:
John, 13; Arthur, 10; Fannie, 3; Kate, 1; lived Middletown 10
yrs, came here direct from Ireland and always lived here since; a young,
smart woman but no work. John
and Arthur born in Ireland, the other two here.
furnished from 1861 to 1864 $203.96.
Thomas WALL (Irish)
a no account Irishman lives Court Street; 5 children all born here:
Margaret, 12; Jane, 11; John, 9; Catherine, 8; Ellen, 5; came
direct from Ireland 12 years ago.
Liberty Street. Thomas, son, 17 yrs old, lives with Samuel Russell;
lived in this town 9/10 yrs; not much help save a little coal.
- John BARRY (Irish) 1861
Street; wife and 3 children; Irish; lived here 10 yrs, short time at
Boston; Ellen, 6; Daniel, 4; Mary, 2; all born Middletown; Ellen E. died Feb. 4, 1862; Mary, Johanna only ones living
Margaret MCCORMICK (Irish)
Street; one child: John, 6,
born East Haddam ( Moodus);
her husband lived in East Haddam 6/7 yrs; came to this country first to
Ellington; lived here 10/12 yrs.
to East Haddam Jan. 18, 1862.
charged to East Haddam to Oct. 1, 1862.
18 a half ton of coal $2.75.
CARROLL (Irish) 1861
Creek; widow; 2 children: William
Graham, 19, volunteer in Army; Catherine, 15, works at Russell Company;
lived in Middletown about 18 years; husband John died 12 years ago.
Michael MOORE (Irish)
Street; husband a poor stick (sic) and intemperate; 4 young children
makes cloth shoes; very poor; Mary, 5; Michael,
3; Catherine, 6 months, all born Middletown.
27 sent whole family to New Haven.
Mary CONDON (Irish)
Liberty Street; husband named John, died 2 yrs ago; 5 children:
Meary, 20; Bridget, 18; Michael, 17; John, 12; Richard, 4; only 2
children at home; all born in Portland, except Richard, born here; came
to Portland direct from the Old Country; will not need much save a
furnished from Jan. 1862 to March 1865 $33.
Mary WALLACE (Irish)
old woman at Creek, son Michael in the Retreat for Insane at Hartford at
expense of town; has lived 7 years in this town; landed at Brooklyn and
stayed there two months; husband died in Old Country; son Michael about
31 years old, has grandson living with her named William Hooks or
Wallace 13 yrs old.
John GRIFFIN (Irish)
3 month volunteer at the end of that time re-enlisted but backed out.
Volunteered again, 14th Reg. in June 1862; wife Ellen; children:
Ann, 3; Mary, 9.
furnished from 1861 to 1865 $48.
poor, miserable old Irish woman, living in old house west of Catholic
landed in Portland, lived there about 11 years; came here about 2 years
ago; husband named Michael, who died in Portland several years ago.
Portland Dec. 27, 18651 and agreed that she shall have 35 cents per
week; account charged to Portland Oct. 1, 1862; total aid: $146.75