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DANE County Poorhouse  (current view)

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Walworth          Vernon             

Dodge County  &  Sauk County     Winnebago (1) and (2)  

Milwaukee(2)            Columbia           Jefferson (3)      

Manitowoc        Portage

Monroe    Forest   

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HISTORICAL NOTES:

 

Click here to read  the excerpt regarding Wisconsin  
 from a U.S. Government  Report
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904

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LOCAL NOTES:

 

Juneau County Poor Farm -- 1888 Newspaper Article   

 

                    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    charty@tdsnet.com 

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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." 
      Kim Ledbetter   kLedbett@earthlink.net 
     Lamphear Genealogy Web Site   http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~lamphear/
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LINKS:
Found on the USGS National Mapping Information website at 
http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form  

Feature Name: Fond du Lac County Home  
Feature Type: cemetery 
State: Wisconsin 
County: Fond du Lac 
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Fond du Lac 
Latitude: 434502N 
Longitude: 0882836W 



                           Sauk County Poor Farm and Insane Asylum     (photos)

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RECORDS:

 

Wisconsin Historical 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 list.



Poorhouse Residents from the 1860 Census, Brown County, Wisconsin Terr.

Poorhouse records for Waukesha County are available at the Waukesha County Museum.
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 Home.
Cemetery records:1881-1923, 1942, 1951
Plus other items 

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CEMETERIES:

 

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  

Location: Z: Accessions
Call Number: C1992/013
Shelf Location: MAD 2M/25/F5
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) 
Location: Z: Accessions
Call Number: C1992/035
Shelf Location: 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 
http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnis/web_query.gnis_web_query_form  

Feature Name: Fond du Lac County Home Cemetery   
Feature Type: cemetery 
State: Wisconsin 
County: Fond du Lac 
USGS 7.5' x 7.5' Map: Fond du Lac 
Latitude: 434502N 
Longitude: 0882836W 


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 Cemetery online.  
  "The transcription 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  dawnlea@ticon.net 


Waukesha County --  Northview Cemetery Park (formerly Pauper's Cemetery)
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)

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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 e-mail  to The Poorhouse Lady.

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