Minutes of the Guilford Co. Warden Court, 1840: An Abstract

by Judy Millikan
Originally published in The Guilford Genealogist, Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer 1999, Issue No. 86
We are grateful to Amy Rupard, the Journal Editor, for her consent to publish this on our website.
This project to publish such material is an experiment in trying something new on The POORHOUSE STORY.   We need to have you read this before going to any of the links!
The links to the following pages will take you to scans of the actual journal pages. For that reason, they will take quite a lot of time to download. To decide whether it will be worth the wait, please read the following explanation of the contents.
"Editor's Note:  The Warden's Court operated at the county level from 1777 to 1868 to receive and disburse money for the care of the poor, elderly, disabled, handicapped and other persons in need.  During this period, each county had seven (7) wardens of the poor who until 1846 were elected and thereafter were appointed by the county courts.  In 1868 the function of wardens was taken over by the county commissioners.  ...  I have chosen to jump from 1838 (which appeared in Issue # 84) to 1840 because so many of the names are repeated in consecutive years."  GG Vol. 26, No. 3, Summer 1999, Issue No. 86, page 146

"In what follows ... you will find the names of many Guilford County residents from that time who otherwise might not be found in available records.  These records, particularly those for the period preceding the first full-household census of 1850, are thus extremely valuable to the genealogical researcher."  GG Vol. 27, No. 1, Winter 2000, Issue No. 88, page 9

While this document does not deal with a poorhouse population (these people were residing independently in their community), it is consistent with our goals to provide information about people who may, because of their poverty, not have left records that are easily accessible to their posterity who may wish to honor them.                    
The  Guilford County Genealogical Society   feels that these materials are valuable enough to warrant allowing their free publication here -- despite the fact that they raise a significant amount of their funds from subscriptions.. So we hope that as many of you as possible will consider contacting them to join/subscribe so that you may support them and also gain access to more of the years of this material than we have the space to publish here. You can visit their   website  for information on how to purchase copies of their journals.
We hope these are legible enough for your use. Please let us know whether they were and whether you felt they were worth taking the time to download.
Note: If anyone wants to volunteer to do some of the additional work <grin>that could make these even more useful, you can contact me by e-mail at phlady@jump.net
Notice: If we get positive feedback on this, we will publish the 1842 and 1846 reports.        PHL
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