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"In 1911,at Jasper, Marion Co.TN ,   I was 5 yrs.old. My father, Richard T.Simpson,  took me on a trip to the poorhouse about 1 1/2 miles east of town, to buy some muskmelons and maybe some other vegetables. We went in a one horse buggy. The buildings were on a hillside and across the road was a large beautiful garden. Daddy knew some of the people living there and talked to them. I remember the place was spotlessly clean. The negroes and whites were not segregated."
      John Simpson, M.D. 

[Note: We really enjoy getting these tidbits of oral history from people who are able to tell us their personal experience during  the "Old Days." Dr. Simpson is such a gentleman that I did not want to be un-lady-like enough to ask his age; but when we do the arithmetic ... he is about  94 years old. So much for the idea that older people cannot learn to use computers in their family history research! PHL ]
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the Poorhouse Story

"In 1986 Susie Harris and I did the cemeteries of Marion County, TN and we checked out the old cemetery at the location where the poorhouse was located. It did not have markers, just field stones and some funeral home wire markers that had long ago rusted out. In some of our old court records there is mention of people who lived there and some who died."
      Euline Harris, Vice President
      Marion County Genialogical & Historical Group

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in Marion 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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