NOTES FROM READERS:
"Were there any poorhouses in the following Georgia Counties
--- Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Bulloch, Tattnall,
"I am searching for
information on the Poor House that was in Swainsboro, Emanuel County
GA, in the late 1800s. This was told to me by my great-uncle about his
grandmother, Mariah Irby Corbin (ca. 1813 - ca. 1893): Uncle
Cranford Corbin (born 1889) told me he remembered, as a small boy, one night
he had been put to bed but had not gone to sleep. His father, Nelson,
came home late and he heard his mother ask him, "Did you see her?"
He said from what he heard them saying, he learned his father's mother had
died in the "poor house" in Swainsboro, and Nelson had gone to make
arrangements. In particular, I'd
like to find the cemetery for this poor house."
In 1939, as part of a Works Progress Administration project, an interview
was conducted with an elderly woman whom the writer called "The
Sunshine Lady" who had been a resident of the Richmond County Home
for the previous 28 years. Her autobiographical story is truly inspiring and
rich in details about life in a county poorhouse -- as well as her life prior to
admission. This is another example of the fact that poorhouse residence
was often necessitated by chronic health problems and old age rather than by
This is a MUST READ! [ To locate interview interview, jot down the
following keyword or phrase (using any quotation marks given) and click here to
Keyword: "The Sunshine Lady" PHL
of Poorhouse residents from the 1850 Federal Census Gwinnett County,
on the US GenWeb project website (look for families # 575 & 576)
Georgia Pauper Farm Records"
on the website of the East Georgia Genealogical Society
The list of poorhouse residents for Laurens County, may be found in
the 1910 Census .
It is described as an almshouse and can be found as follows:
Enumerated 4 May 1910.
Supervisor's Dist. 11
Enumeration District #101 Sheet 6A
Located on "Telfair Road"
Militia District #342.
submitted by: Ranny Brewer firstname.lastname@example.org