New York County Poorhouse
the Poorhouse Story
POORHOUSE HISTORY by county

(Note: This page takes a while to load because of scanned photographs.)

Caption: FEMALE ALMSHOUSE-BLACKWELLS ISLAND, NY

Caption: MALE ALMSHOUSE-BLACKWELLS ISLAND, NY

"This turn of the century pair of cards, feature the Male Alms House and the Female Alms House, both on historic Blackwells Island. Located between Queens and Manhattan in the middle of the East River, Blackwells Island has a dark history. The buildings seen on these turn of the century postcards, were build in the Mid-1800's and were forboding in appearance. As a young teenager I explored the remains of the few buildings still standing and recall that I located in the rubble, the log of hospital entries dating from the late 1700's. As I was officially trespassing, I left the book amidst the heap."  Anonymous

The notes below have been abstracted from the following reports.
To obtain further information on these reports click on the appropriate button.
(This will open a separate window so simply close to get back to this page.)

YATES REPORT      1824 LAW      1857 REPORT EXPLANATION
the Poorhouse Story
YATES REPORT (1823): 
ANNUAL REPORT of the STATE BOARD of CHARITIES                                         p 1009-1018
A TABLE showing the number of Paupers supported at the public expense in the city and county of NEW YORK, during the twelve months preceding April 21, 1823, with other particulars, derived from public documents and reports furnished the Secretary of State.
TOWNS Total number of paupers
supported during the
whole of the last year.
Total number relieved
during a part of the last year.
M
A
L
E
S
F
E
M
A
L
E
S
C
H
I
L
D
R
E
N
Total expenses of supporting and relieving paupers (including fees and expenses of officers, removals and appeals) for the last year.

Dolls.    Cts.

Expenses and cost of officers and appeals during same period.

 

Dolls.   Cts.

Number of paupers removed during the last year.
New York   1698 7858 4650 4906 4724 82,200.00 Not particulary stated. 329
(? not clearly legible)

[NOTE: As might be expected, the narrative part of this report is huge! So we have continued it off this page. To read this fascinating report, click on the link above.  PHL ]

the Poorhouse Story
1824 LAW (required establishment of poorhouse vs. exempted):  exempted
the Poorhouse Story
1857 INVESTIGATION: 
the Poorhouse Story
PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

the Poorhouse Story
LOCAL NOTES:


the Poorhouse Story
RECORDS:

At the Municipal Archives of the City of New York (Which includes all five boroughs)
Almshouse, 1758-1953.

Admission, discharge, census and housekeeping records for municipal institutions (Almshouse, City Home and hospitals) located on Blackwell's (Welfare) Island.


Poorhouse INMATE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES
Microfilm Series A1978  Roll Number(s) 86-143 
more information
the Poorhouse Story
CEMETERY:

the Poorhouse Story

We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in NEW YORK county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

HOME             Back to find Other NY Counties

Poorhouse HISTORY CEMETERIES by State RECORDS by State