" 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]
"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marengo County ca 1860-61
List of county officers; Jackson Raley, Keeper of the Poor
found on page 30 in this Directory
Poorhouse listing in the
1850 Census for Coosa County (on the GenWeb page) includes the Poorhouse.
page takes a while to load; wait until fully loaded; scroll way down near the bottom.
Look for ... Household 989 is the Poorhouse.)
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
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
Look for ... Household & Dwelling #1411 (paupers listed) ]
in the Jefferson County 1850 Census
Look for ... page 224B, HN (Dwelling) 19
in the1850 Census for Madison County (on the GenWeb page) includes the
Poorhouse. (Dwelling and family #433)
for ... Family & Dwelling # 433
in the PICKENS County 1860 Census
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
in the 1850
Census for Wilcox
County (on the GenWeb page)
Look for ...... Family & Dwelling # 352
Here are some very emotionally moving notes
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