Notes about the KNOX County Poorhouse by: Lian Thomas
|You wrote about the Knoxville
Poor House and I have a little information that may help with some
leads. I cannot back up the information with documentation, as I no
longer am able to travel.
My gggrandfather, Elijah Humphrey and his second wife (believed to be called Sarah) were residents of the Poor Farm in Knox County, according to family lore. I was able to find them on the 1910 census and am convinced that their location on the census was the old Poor Farm.
Others may find their own family there, as well.
Elijah Humphrey was a Rebel soldier during the War Between the States. He hailed from Sneedsville, TN, but ended up in Knoxville after the Civil War. I don't know how long he and his wife, a Native American woman, lived at the Farm. They are supposed to be buried at Ebenezer Cemetery.