Hamilton County Poorhouse
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YATES REPORT      1824 LAW      1857 REPORT EXPLANATION
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YATES REPORT:

Although Hamilton County was apparently established (out of Montgomery County) in 1816, this 1824 report includes Hamilton County information in the report for Montgomery County ... with the statement  ... "[including Hamilton county, which is not organized,]".  So we recommend that you look at the Montgomery County section of this report. 

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1824 LAW (required establishment of poorhouse vs. exempted): No reference to Hamilton County.
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1857 INVESTIGATION: 

[NOTE: This report  makes no reference to any county poorhouse in Hamilton County. And there were no Inmate Registers kept for Hamilton County. So it appears that this county may never have established any such institution.  PHL ]

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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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LOCAL NOTES:

 

Click here to see a scan of an original 1817 document: 
Articles of Agreement (which resolved an issue of
which county would be responsible for the support of two
specific individuals when Hamilton County split off from Montgomery County. (Page takes a while to load.)

 

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RECORDS:

Note: As noted above, no Inmate Registration Certificates were filed for Hamilton County. Since there appears to have been no county poorhouse in Hamilton County, poor relief must have been limited to "outdoor" (non-institutional) relief. There is, of course, the possibility that occasionally some people were sent to an adjacent county's poorhouse under contract for their care; but we have so far found no such contracts recorded. The records of  town Overseers of the Poor (the local officials who administered outdoor relief) were usually kept locally with summaries often published in Annual Town Meeting reports. PHL

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CEMETERY:

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in HAMILTON county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending  e-mail  to The Poorhouse Lady.

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