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Grateful to have found this information on-line!

Sun 11/17/02 10:39 AM


I received your email through ILMORGAN-L mailing list [where you gave the link to the Morgan county poorhouse records available on-line with IRAD.]

I had to take the time to tell you that I read word for word the story of your record quest for your Great Great Grandmother. What an amazing story and a labor of love.

I followed your instructions and found my Great Great Grandparents, William Higg [and family].

Actually other records show their last name as Higgs. But nontheless I found their stay with four children. I have a heavy heart reading that they were all admitted December 26th the day after Christmas. I can only imagine what Christmas was like for this family. Most of my other research shows 3 children so I can assume that ... they did lose one child. 

Thank you so much for sharing your research!!!

Jacque Patton

NOTE:  Jacque went to the IRAD website to find the search engine for the 
records from the Morgan County Poor Farm described below. 
There she found the following: 
Morgan County Poor Farm Record Index, 18501932 

                                                                  DATE         DATE 
NAME                                             ADMITTED     DISCHARGED 

HIGG, MRS (AND 4 CHILDREN)   12/26/1851           3/26/1852
HIGG, W(ILLIA)M                           12/26/1851           3/26/1852

the Poorhouse Story


IRAD has recently added an on-line searchable name index for Morgan County Poor Farm records  They have have additionally abstracted and transcribed many details from each of these individual records.  Also included are wonderful graphics and much information about what is included in each of the various kinds of  records. 

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) on-line has microfilmed many important poorhouse records, and they have also listed on their website many other records which they have in their holdings
       See our
table of other IRAD  poorhouse holdings.

  Volume 1 Almshouse Register (18531863) 
  Volume 2 Almshouse Register (18501868)

  Volume 3 Medical Examination Record (1912-1932


Morgan County Poor Farm: A Collection of Scanty Records
ca 1848-1853  (This is an off-site link; so just close the browser window to return to this page.)

Residents of Morgan County Poor House  1855-1877
(This is an off-site link; so just close the browser window to return to this page.)

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