NORTH CAROLINA STATE ARCHIVES -- 
                                       
POORHOUSE & POOR RELIEF HOLDINGS 
We compiled the following list of records of poorhouses and poor relief by searching the finding aid titled  "Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: County Records"  ["This guide is a listing of more than 9,000 bound volumes and 21,000 boxes, as well as over 24,000 reels of microfilm of county government records and documents available to researchers in the State Archives. (It) is available for download in PDF (Portable Document Format) and Microsoft Word Formats.] on the website of the 
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IMPORTANT NOTE: 
For a transcribed example of  the type of minutes kept by Wardens of the Poor see

Minutes of the Guilford Co. Warden Court, 1840: An Abstract 
Such records included both recipients of "outdoor" relief and poorhouse residents.

Explanation of the Role of WARDENS OF THE POOR

ALEXANDER

           

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Minutes and Accounts,
Wardens of the Poor,
1847-1868; 1 volume.

ASHE

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS           

Minutes and Accounts,
Wardens of the Poor,
1832-1855; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Wardens of the Poor
1832-1855; 1 reel.
BEAUFORT

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1847-1868; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1839-1868; 1 reel.
TAX AND FISCAL RECORDS

Tax Abstract, 1879-1896; 
Record of Allowances to Outside Poor, 1868-1874;
1 volume.

BERTIE

 

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1838-1851; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS  Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1838-1847; 1 reel.
BUNCOMBE ESTATES RECORDS Commitment of Indigent Children to County Home,
1890-1911; 1 reel.
CARTERET MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1844-1866; 1 volume.
CHATHAM MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Accounts of Outside Poor and Lunatics, 
1879-1916; 3 volumes.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Poor House Book, 
1871-1885; 1 reel.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Accounts of Outside Poor and Lunatics, 
1879-1932; 1 reel.
CHEROKEE MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Wardens of the Poor Account Book,
1843-1868; 1 volume.
   MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Record of Wardens of the Poor,
1843-1868; 1 reel.
CLEVELAND

 

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1847-1868; 1 volume.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1847-1868; 1 reel.
CRAVEN

 

 
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Minutes, Wardens of the Poor,
1837-1871; 1 volume.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Records of Wardens of the Poor,
1803-1861; 1 Fibredex box.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, Wardens of the Poor,
1837-1871; 1 reel.
CURRITUCK

 

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Account Book,
Wardens of the Poor,
1803-1868; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Record of Wardens of the Poor,
1803-1862; 1 reel.
DAVIE MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, Wardens of the Poor,
1839-1854; 1 reel.
EDGECOMBE MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes,
Wardens of the Poor,
1859-1869; 1 volume.
GRANVILLE

 

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Wardens of the Poor,
1787-1868; 1 Fibredex box.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Wardens of the Poor,
County Home and Outside Paupers List,
1851-1921; 3 volumes.

GUILFORD MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1838-1868; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1838-1868; 1 reel.
HYDE MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1837-1868; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1837-1868; 1 reel.
IREDELL MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS County Home Account Books,
1903-1908, 1914-1916; 1 manuscript box.
LINCOLN MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1820-1868; 1 volume.
MONTGOMERY MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1831-1867; 1 volume.
NASH MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1844-1869; 1 volume.
NEW HANOVER MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1850-1868; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Treasurers’ Accounts with Wardens of the Poor
1867-1868; 1 volume.
NORTHAMPTON MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor, St. George’s Parish, 
1773-1814; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes and Accounts, 
Wardens of the Poor
1773-1814; 1 reel.
ORANGE

 

 
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Account Book, 
Wardens of the Poor
1842-1868; 1 volume.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1832-1879; 2 volumes.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Wardens of the Poor,
1832-1879; 2 reels.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Poor House Book,
1842-1868; 1 reel
PASQUOTANK MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS  Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1807-1868; 1 reel.
PERQUIMANS MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS  Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1818-1874; 1 volume.
PERSON MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS  Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1792-1868; 2 volumes.
POLK MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1861-1864; 1 volume.
ROWAN MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1818-1865; 2 volumes. 

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Wardens of the Poor
1771-1871; 1 Fibredex box.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Wardens of the Poor
1818-1865, 1878-1908; 1 reel.
RUTHERFORD MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Inmate Register,
County Home,
1914-1961; 1 volume.
SAMPSON MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1785-1824; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1785-1824; 1 reel.
STANLEY MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1849-1873; 2 volumes.
SURRY MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1852-1877; 1 volume.

Note: This has been transcribed by Iris Harvey and Published in the Journal of the Surry County Genealogical Society, Vol 20, Book 3 Fall 2000.

UNION MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes and Accounts, 
Wardens of the Poor
1858-1881; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes, 
Wardens of the Poor
1851-1881; 1 reel.
WAKE MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS County Home Accounts, 1911-1915; 1 volume.
MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Record of Wardens of the Poor
1846-1872; 1 reel.
Minutes, Board of Directors of County Workhouse, 1866-1874; 1 volume
WAYNE MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Minutes and Accounts, 
Wardens of the Poor
1819-1841; 1 volume.
YADKIN MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS Paupers’ Book, 1885-1888; 1 volume.

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