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TENNESSEE POORHOUSE HISTORY by county

LOCAL NOTES:

From a reprint of "LINCOLN County - History of Tennessee" by Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1886 


"Among the first acts of the county court was one to provide for the poor, and in 1815 a special tax was assessed for the county poor. About 1826 a poor farm was purchased and a poor house erected, the supervision of which was put under three commissioners, regularly appointed by the court. The poor are still cared for in this manner."
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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

In 1850, the poorhouse in LINCOLN county Tennessee was run by Josiah Norwood. By 1855 or so, Norwood had moved to Arkansas, and in the 1860 census, the poorhouse was being operated by my great great grandfather, Charles N. Thompson. I have the 1860 census page which lists the family of Charles and Mary Ann Thompson, with Charles' occupation listed as "Keeper of the Poor" and an extensive list of the residents of the poorhouse, with some very unflattering descriptions of their various circumstances, such as "idiotic, insane, pauper".  
     
Les Campbell   mcampbell2@mmcable.com 

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

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