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LOCAL NOTES:

"Effingham County's forgotten poor buried at airport"  
by Dylan Fenley
copied with permission from The Effingham Daily News  January 2002 

 

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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

"My grandmother Susan (Loy) Walls' maternal grandfather Peter Cotton died in 1900 and his last wife Mary Elizabeth ("Elizabeth") Cotton had to go to the poor farm, according to an early Effingham Co. paper. Because she was old at the time, I imagine she probably died there.

Incidentally, the Poor Farm supervisor, Jacob Young (b. ca 1850 Germany), was married to Sarah Caroline Bryant. Sarah's mother Eliza Jane (Loy) Bryant was sister to John Henry Loy, my grandmother's grandfather.

According to Elma Bryant, wife of Sarah's nephew Bruce, the poorhouse land was originally owned by Eliza Jane (Loy) Bryant's husband William, a Bounty Land Warrant for his service in the Mexican War. Eliza's uncle DeWitt Clinton Loy purchased some of this land from William, which included that part where the Effingham Co. Airport now is. DeWitt later sold some of it to the County to establish the County Poor Farm."

     Delores Rochelle Walls    Loy_Genealogy@att.net 

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in EFFINGHAM 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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