Unsatisfied Pauper Leaves After 6 Days
One of the first people placed at the 1898 poor farm was Bates Dorsey. The
County Court of Jan. 27, 1899, adjudged him a pauper and the sheriff was ordered
to deliver Dorsey to the superintendent of the poor farm "to be cared for
until he is released by law."
Being at the poor farm apparently didn't suit Dorsey. Six days later, on February 1, 1899, the poor farm superintendent told the County Court that Bates Dorsey was "very much dissatisfied with his home .... and further states that if the county judge will issue an order returning him to his former home he will cease hereafter to be a burden to the county."
The county judge issued an order to the superintendent to provide a way to take Dorsey to his former home.
Pauper For 40 Years
The first two inmates at the second poor farm were Robert Blackwood and Hannah Parker who were both declared paupers in 1878 by the County Court. Blackwood was receiving pauper support payments as early as 1870. He died in 1899.
Hannah Parker, a deaf Negro woman, lived at both county poor farms. She was born about 1840 as a slave on Pleasant Love's farm near Mill Creek two miles east of London. Parker and Jane Kindrick (born ca. 1845) were listed as inmates at the second county poor farm in three Pope County census reports -- 1900, 1910 and 1920.
Without knowing the circumstances of the times so long ago, it would appear some people seemed to have made a career out of being a pauper.
Emaline Morris (born ca. 1844) was declared a pauper in 1891 and ordered "delivered to the keeper of the poor." She was one of four people listed in both the 1900 and 1910 census reports as living at the second poor farm.
The others were James Owens (born ca. 1865), Will Wallace (born ca. 1888) and Nancy Elizabeth Petty (born ca. 1840).
Five people were listed in both the 1910 and 1920 census reports as living at the county's second poor farm. They were Mary Owens (born ca. 1852), Marriah Kindrick (born ca. 1882), Rachel Metcalf (born ca. 1873), Annie McClaren (born ca. 1870) and Addie Hicks (born ca. 1876).
[NOTE: The 1930 federal census has not been released to the public yet so it could not be determined who was living at the county poor farm after 1920.]