Rensselaer County Poorhouse
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YATES REPORT      1824 LAW      1857 REPORT EXPLANATION
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YATES REPORT:



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1824 LAW (required establishment of poorhouse vs. exempted): exempted
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1857 INVESTIGATION: 

"This is situated a short distance south-easterly from the city of Troy, and consists of a building 50 feet by 200, built of brick, two stories high.  A farm of 152 acres is connected with the house, upon which the male paupers are employed, so far as they are able, and which yields a revenue of $2,000 a year. 

The house affords twenty-one large and fifteen small rooms for the use of paupers, which are heated by stoves, but entirely destitute of any means for ventilation.  There is a small bathing establishment which, from appearance, seemed to have gone into disrepute.  One hundred and thirty-three inmates were found in the house, sixty-seven males and sixty-six females, seven-eighths of whom are foreign and one-eighth native born, including fifty children under sixteen years of age."        

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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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LOCAL NOTES:

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RECORDS:

List of Residents of the Troy Poorhouse from the 1880 Census (On the Genealogy Homepage website of Pat Connors) 

List of Residents of the Troy Poorhouse from the 1855 Census

Poorhouse INMATE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES
Microfilm Series A1978  Roll Number(s) 170-177  more information
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CEMETERY:

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