Click here to read the excerpt
from a U.S. Government Report
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904
|Juneau County Poor Farm -- 1888
Manitowoc County's history
of poor relief and
the institutions used to house paupers and others is told on this website.
Here is an excellent report
of the history of the Waukesha County Poor House & Asylum.
Jennifer Fleishmann has submitted the material for this wonderful write-up
about the poorhouse in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Jen's e-mail address is JenF@clr.wels.net
[See Update (2/1/2001 on News
Alerts page. ]
"During the season of 1858, a special committee reported to the board of
supervisors that they elect three persons whose duty it should be to lease the
most suitable plowing land at a suitable distance from town. the said farm-land
to be leased to an overseer, who should keep an accurate account of the number
of persons sent from each town, and that esch [sic] town should pay for the
expenses of its own paupers. It was ordered that the case should be sumitted
[sic] to trial for two years, and Charles Pole, Joseph White, and E. C. Townsend
were appointed Commissioners to lease land for above purpose."
Sorry, when I first copied this out a long time ago, I forgot to note a page
number. But it is a direct quote from the book,
HISTORY OF LA FAYETTE COUNTY, WISCONSIN 1881, published by Western
Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois, 1881
(no author or editor listed).
Hope this is helpful to someone.
Callen Harty email@example.com
NOTES FROM READERS:
"I found a relative on a census in the following
poorhouse: found on the 1920
Wisconsin Census, Waupaca County, Poor Farm
This record was found on microfilm: Vol: 194, Enumeration District:
141, Sheet: 10, Line 72
This record was looked up quite a while ago and the source is
not handy for me to return to at this time. Perhaps this reference can
help someone else find others in this poor house."
Sauk County Poor Farm and Insane Asylum
Society (WISCONSIN STATE ARCHIVES) -- Poorhouse Holdings
We have extracted and put into a TABLE
(by county) a list of these records.
Click on this link to see if your county has poorhouse records on this
Poorhouse Residents from the
1860 Census, Brown County, Wisconsin Terr.
Poorhouse records for Waukesha County are available at the Waukesha
The following records are available:
M-844 County Records, Deaths at Waukesha County Poor House 1858-1880
Waukesha County Home, Register December 19, 1857-December 30, 1880
M-841 County Records, Waukesha County Asylum for the Chronic Insane and County
Cemetery records:1881-1923, 1942, 1951
Plus other items
The following Dane County poorhouse cemetery
record information was found on-line
on the website of the Wisconsin State Archives
through their on-line catalogue
||Dane County Poor House and Asylum cemetery records,
ca. 1945? Includes a list of individuals buried in the cemetery(ies?)
with birthdate, place of birth, date of death, plot, and any remarks;
and photocopies of the Dane Co. Home and Hospital cemetery plat
providing plot numbers, location, and names of individuals. Records in
this accession are open to research; they do not contain restricted
information. Qty: 0.2 c.f. (1 folder in 1 flat box)
||MAD 3 /Oversize/B2
||Photocopies of Dane Co. Poor House cemetery plots
A,B, and C, n.d. Provided are plot numbers, location, names of
individuals, and date of burial. Note: the boundaries of plots B and C
are known and will be marked, but the location of plot A is currently
unknown. Records in this accession are open to research; they do not
contain restricted information. Qty: 0.2 c.f. (2 large rolled
photocopies in 1 package)
Found on the USGS National Mapping Information website at
Feature Name: Fond du Lac County Home Cemetery
Feature Type: cemetery
County: Fond du Lac
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Fond du Lac
LaCrosse Co. -- Hillville Home Cemetery
Records (Formerly the La Crosse County Poor Farm)
Manitowoc County -- "Potter's Field" Cemetery
(photos, history and partial list of interments)
Milwaukee County poorhouse cemetery (and Potter's Field)
interment lists are being posted on-line. You may read more about the so-far
unsuccessful attempts to preserve this cemetery on our NEWS ALERTS section (off
our HOME page).
[10/31/04 we received a note from a
reader saying that site has a trojan dialer virus attached; so we have disabled
the link at this time. We will reconnect after we have been assured that the
problem has been fixed.]
Rock County [Johnstown Township, Wisconsin] Poor Farm/Alms Farm
is not complete (very few stones are remaining and what we have was done by a
"walk through"), but we are in the process of finding the records so
we can add the rest of the burials in the cemetery to the online record."
WIGenWeb-Rock County coordinator, Lori Niemuth
County -- Northview Cemetery Park (formerly Pauper's
This community has done something really admirable by creating beautiful
memorials with the names of those known to be buried there inscribed on the
memorial stones! (with photos of the stones)
We are hoping to build this base of information about poorhouses in WISCONSIN through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending
to The Poorhouse Lady.