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Caption: One of several poorhouses (tenant house) that was located next to the Keeper's house. Located on Poor House Rd., Clayton, [Barbour Co.] Alabama

Note: This photo and more information can be found on a wonderful website by Bonnie Tharpe.                                                                           PHL
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The following is an excerpt from a U.S. Government REPORT summarizing various state poor laws in 1904. .
Click on the link above for more information.


LOCAL NOTES:

" The Randolph County Medical Society met in Roanoke yesterday afternoon and elected the following officers: ...  C. B. WRIGHT, Physician to Jail and Poorhouse " [From The Roanoke Leader (Randolph County, Alabama), 13 Dec 1911, p.1]
     from GenWebArchives



   "My husband and I have been checking on a poorhouse that was located in Marshall County,  Alabama.  His great-grandfather actually worked or ran it for several years. Records at the Albertville Library list information about his running the house.  Cost of items ..burial cost...etc.
   We have not been able to get any other info on the house. It was located at East Lake...1 mile east of Guntersville. Now that site is covered with a large Gold Kist Facility. It had a cemetery on site, but we don't know what happen to those graves. Rumor has it that it was built over.
   Also,  a poor house was run near the Alder Springs Community sometime before that.  Little information is known on that one.  A burial site, with unmarked graves is near by."     
     Ed & Mary Swords  mary3@mindspring.com


The "Poor House" was located on Poor House Rd. in Clayton, [Barbour Co.] Al. on Co.Rd.55. A gas tank storage is now on the site where the tenant houses use to sit, two of them were sold, there were approx.4/5 of them, one being sold to Rozell Blakey. One was moved next to the County Shop , I am told this one was the Keepers house, located on County Shop Road., the other being moved down the road from the original place. Just as the pavement ends on 55 on the left, it is now in very bad shape, see photo on the next page.
According to Mr. Marshall Williams of Clayton, which was the County Commissioner in Clayton for years stated that  the Overseers house was to the left what is now woods, this house was moved to the County Shop on County Shop Rd. and painted green to be used as an office, since then they have built a new office, although it is still in use. Across the road from the original "Poor House" property was the TB Clinic, which no longer stands. Mr.Frank Fenn stated that when he was a boy the overseer of the Poor House was Fred Seay. The Poorhouse was in existence for we know over 60 years.
There are several cemeteries on this road, although the one that is suppose to be the Poorhouse cemetery is located in the woods at the original spot the Poorhouse was located, there are no longer gravemarkers, but several of the elders in Clayton have said that it is the original "Poorhouse" cemetery." (See below under Cemetery heading.)
     Bonnie Tharp  jamie11@zebra.net 

Marengo County ca 1860-61
List of county officers; Jackson Raley, Keeper of the Poor
found on  page 30 in this Directory

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RECORDS:

Poorhouse listing in the  1850 Census for Coosa County (on the GenWeb page) includes the Poorhouse.
(Note: this page takes a while to load; wait until fully loaded; scroll way down near the bottom. 
Look for ... Household 989 is the Poorhouse.)

Poorhouse listing in the Chambers County 1850 Census
[Not listed as a poor house, but is apparently so. (or may be a private residence which boarded paupers on contract)  PHL ]
Look for ...
Family & Dwelling # 1635

Poorhouse listing in the  Greene County 1850 Census
[CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: AL COUNTY: Greene REEL NO: M432-6 PAGE NO: 333B  
REFERENCE: F. P. Strother 26th day of Decr. 1850
Household & Dwelling #1410
Samuel A. Jeter                     23                M                VA                Overseer
Look for ... Household & Dwelling #1411 (paupers listed) ]

Poorhouse listing in the Jefferson County 1850 Census
Look for ... page 224B, HN (Dwelling) 19

Poorhouse listing in the1850 Census for Madison County (on the GenWeb page) includes the Poorhouse.  (Dwelling and family #433)
Look for ... Family & Dwelling # 433

Poorhouse listing in the PICKENS County 1860 Census

Poorhouse listing in the 1860 Census for Tuscaloosa County (on the GenWeb page) 
CENSUS YR: 1860 TERRITORY: AL COUNTY: Tuscaloosa DIVISION: COLLINS BEAT REEL NO: M653-25 PAGE NO: 564
Look for ... Household #1621   Family #1469


Poorhouse listing in the 1850 Census for Wilcox County (on the GenWeb page)
Look for ......
Family & Dwelling # 352

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CEMETERIES:

Here are some very emotionally moving notes about ... 
JORDAN-KELLEY CEMETERY--HWY 42 ANDALUSIA, AL. COVINGTON CO.
"Years ago, some people from the poor farm were buried here."


See Bonnie Tharp's wonderful website, where she has listed what is known of the people who were likely buried at the Barbour County poorhouse cemetery.  

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LINKS:

For more historical information about Alabama you may wish to check out the state 
American Local History Network site.

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We are hoping to build this base of information about poorhouses in ALABAMA 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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