NOTES FROM READERS:
"Does anyone know of a Poorhouse in the Greene, Jefferson
or Hamblen County areas? I'm looking at the years about 1870 to 1900..
Any information will be appreciated."
Wanda R. Albers WandaR7@Worldnet.att.net
"Your Poor House information, brings back old memories.
On Hwy. 11-e, in Hamblen County, where the National Guard Armory now
stands, was the Poor House. I cannot recall much about it, except it was not a
very big house. My father was on the Grand Jury, when I was a small child, and I
remember him telling us, he had been to the Poor House, to do an inspection.
Maybe this will bring back old memories."
"Can anyone tell me if there were any Poorhouses in the Hawkins, Hancock
and Claiborne County areas?"
"I'll watch our census records
and try to list the people who were housed in our HAYWOOD Co. Tn.
Poorhouse. We called it the County Farm & Poorhouse and have heard
it referred to as the Po'house!
It was located about a mile from my
home and I remember visiting there with my parents when I was a
child. My cousins, Guy and Vera Morris Harrell, were in charge at that
time. I always liked to visit the large building where the "poor
people" or paupers lived as well as those who had no one to care for them
in their old age.
At that time, it was not too unlike
some of our "nursing homes" today. My cousin Vera took very
good care of those living there, even making clothes for them. She took
a personal interest in them.
For a number of years, I've tried to
locate a list of those buried there but to date have had no luck. Don't
even know where they buried them. The last ones who were in charge and
lived there until about15 years ago did not know either and they had been
there since, probably, the 1950's.
Our county jail is there today, a new
modern facility and I believe the "poorhouse" has been torn down."
"I know there was a poorhouse in KNOX County,
Knoxville, Tennessee. My g-grand father was there from abt 1930-34. It was
called 'The George Mahoney Home' in a place called Mahoneyville,
Knoxville, Tennessee. I went there and a state prison is there now.
I went to the McClungs Library in Knoxville and a helpful Librarian said yes,
there was a place BUT no records were kept. I feel like there should have been
some kind of records somewhere." firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes about the
KNOX County Poorhouse from Lian Thomas
Memories of the
KNOX County Poorhouse by: Chuck
Comments re: the KNOX Co. Poorhouse(s) by Robert McGinnis
In 1850, the poorhouse in LINCOLN county
Tennessee was run by Josiah Norwood. By 1855 or so, Norwood had moved to
Arkansas, and in the 1860 census, the poorhouse was being operated by my great
great grandfather, Charles N. Thompson. I have the 1860 census page which lists
the family of Charles and Mary Ann Thompson, with Charles' occupation listed as
"Keeper of the Poor" and an extensive list of the residents of the
poorhouse, with some very unflattering descriptions of their various
circumstances, such as "idiotic, insane, pauper".
"There was at one time a poor house in McMinn
County Tennessee. I was never there but I think it was somewhere between Athens
and Etowah. I can remember some of the ladies from out Church going there and
working cleaning or something. I had small children and had heard so much about
the conditions there that I was afraid I would pick up germs and carry them home
to my babies. SELFISH? No I don't think so -- just young and trying to be a good
mommy. I don't want my name on this article but if it is used maybe someone
would have more information."
"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. email@example.com
|[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 ]
would be interested in information about poorhouses in Maury & Davidson
Joyce A. Luna
"My husband's grandfather died in a Monroe
County poorhouse. All we know is that it was located out on hwy 68 towards
Tellico. We found grave sites, but there are no names on grave
markers. We met the owners of the property and they showed us around. The
sad thing is that there were no records kept."
" I have recently found out about a poor
house that was not known to be in Kingston [ROANE County] ... well, not
known by the historical society. It was last operated in the 1950's. My father
was telling me that it was there; and when he had worked for the funeral home,
he himself had buried people behind it that had died there. A friend and I
have not been able to find any record of it any where. Dad said that when the
people died, the county paid the funeral home 25.00 to bury them in a wood
shipping crate. Also the location is now partially built up with houses; and
to my surprise, it has never been classified as a cemetery. Please let me know
how we could help document this poorhouse and cemetery."
“I am interested in finding information about any poorhouse in Sevier
or Cocke counties in Tennessee because at one time my grandmother, a
widow with children, cooked in Sevier and was living there when she married for
the second time. Another maternal grandmother and grandfather and family lived
at the poorhouse in Cocke county, I believe; they were living there when
grandfather died in 1926, though I have no proof. She later married a man there
who was supposed to be the superintendent of the poor house. I have also been
told it was actually called the Stokely farms.”