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Sumner County, Tennessee Poor House Records
1842 - 1843

Transcribed by  Linda Carpenter
©1999

Source:
Microfilm Roll No. AS174B, purchased from TSLA

To the worshipful County Court of Sumner with the amount of expenses that have accrued from the 1st of Jany 1842 to the first of Jany 1843 and the standing & conditions of said institution.

Amount of expenses for 1 year $377.73.

The average number of paupers this year 1842 is 12-1/2 and the average price per head is $30.23.

The no. of inmates on hand the first day of January 1843 only thirteen tho. there has been as many as 23 during the year. Those on hand 5 males and 8 females.

John Patton about sixty eight years old
Levi Davis 59 years old Afflicted
Charles Bratton 54 years old Badly afflicted
Richard Rose 51 years old Hearty & lazy
Elizabeth Lane 66 years old Cant walk
Darcas Carman 27 years old Deformed
Rhoda Arnold 85 years old Healthy
Nancy Black 43 years old Badly afflicted with the rheumatism Cant walk
Maria Black 20 years old Healthy On the county as nurse for her mother
Lucinda Bates 39 years old A little afflicted yet can work
and her daughter a little girl about 2 years old
Abner S.(?) Hill about 5 years old
& Negro woman Thamar about 63 years old, hearty yet entirely blind.

Some 3 or 4 of the inmates able to work, tho they are too lazy to do anything.

On hand at said Poor House on the 1st of Jany 1843 one good farm horse, 8 head of cattle, 33 head of hogs, 8 feather beds & furniture &c. Raised on the farm the year 1842 about 60 barrels of corn & 1200 lbs. Pork with other crops sufficient to support the place.

Joseph Smith, Agt.
For Sumner Poor House
P.S. Only one death during the year 1842


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