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SMITH County Poor House from  The History of Smith County Tennessee (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1987) -- an excerpt  posted on their GenWeb site.

Superintendent of the County Poor   
-- Biographical Sketch
              from 1866 through  (at least) 1887
from: Goodspeed, History of Tennessee- Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties
         (1887; reprint, Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979)

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Poorhouse Residents from the 1870 Census for SMITH Co.  

Poorhouse Residents from the 1880 Census for SMITH Co.

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Notes about the SMITH County Poor House Cemetery:

Sue W. Maggart's article, in the Smith Co., TN History, mentions "A burying ground for the inmates was located near the farm at Monoville on a hill behind the old schoolhouse." This is in reference to the Key Hollow poor farm prior to 1871. Do you know anything about this cemetery? Do you know if there was a cemetery for the later location, ". . . two and one half  miles west of Carthage on what came to be known as the County House Road."?
   posted to The TNSMITH e-mail list 8/22/01 by Joy King 
"Fred Key, brother to the late county historian Carmack Key, pointed out to me the area behind the Monoville school where there was a cemetery for the poorhouse but there are no graves visible there today. The stream that comes out of the Key Hollow is called Poorhouse branch. At the other location 2 1/2 miles west of Carthage - I can vaguely remember the big brick county house before it burned. I do not know of any cemetery there but quite possibily may have been one. The area is developed with several houses now."
     response posted to The TNSMITH e-mail list by John C. Waggoner Jr. 
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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in Smith 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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