Transcribed by Jan Johnson
TSL&A County Clerk Minutes Roll #55
County Clerk Minutes, pages 271, 272, 273
October Term 1893, page 271
Here is a another report from the ph commissioners from the October term, 1893. In typing this I noticed quite a bit of difference in spelling of the names. Joel Turner became Joel Suner. Rachel Boyd became Rachel Boyls. Some of the inmates aged several years since 1892, some actually got younger! I try to type these reports exactly as they are presented on the film, even though I am sure I make mistakes in transcribing and typing. Please be sure to read the last comments given by the commissioners. They took their duty and responsibility very seriously, and I think it shows in the care and concern they give the poor house inmates.
The following annual report of the Commissioners of the Poor for year ending with this date, was read in open Court and in words and figures as follows: To the Honorable County Court of Sumner County; We the undersigned Poor House Commissioners beg leave to make this our report for the year ending the 30th day of September 1893.
7 head of milck cows, 4 head of yearlings, 5 calves,
25 fatening hogs, 65 stock hogs, 28 head of sheep, 2 work mules, 1 two horse
wagon, farming utensils to run the farm, 23 acres in corn, 2 acres in sorghum,
45 acres in clover, acre in sweet potatoes, acre in irish potatoes, acre
in turnips, 15 bushels of onions, 3 bushels of peas, 242 bushels of wheat,
1500 bundles of oats, 20 tons of hay, 300 lbs of bacon, 150 lbs. of lard,
10 bbls of old corn, 60 gallons of old sorghum, 1 bbl of pickles, 200 lbs
Inmates at the County farm in September 1893, 19 Whites & 10 colored. Whites,
Rachael Boyls aged 70 years idiot
Fanny Hessise aged 45 poverty
Susan May aged 60 idiot
E. Harper aged 78 poverty
James Brumley aged 25 idiot
Francis Adson aged 25 poverty
Eliza Adson aged 3
Margaret Smith aged 38 poverty
Lou Smith aged 9 poverty
Flora Smith aged 7 poverty
W. B. Smith aged 3 poverty
Matilda Griffin aged 77 poverty
John May aged 78 poverty
Eliza Cooley aged 81 poverty
Nathan Spain aged 73 poverty
Jane Young aged 75 Blind
Thomas Glover aged 56 idiot
Milton Young aged 30
Joel Suner " 80 " poverty
Perry Matthews " 82 " "
Jordan Meadors " 78 " "
Sally " " 81 " "
Jacob Cotton " 93 " "
Sally " " 73 " "
Dick Chambers " 84 " "
Samantha Cothran " 78 " "
Carissa Patterson " 55 " "
One death in 1893, Peter Baber Col. Aged 107.
Sup'dt T. P. Dennis' report shows that at the close
of the quarter there was 29 people in the poor house, the inmates are
comfortable, cleanly, and as healthful as is possible for the class of people
who are forced through ill health, old age, and to seek the care of the County.
In concluding this report the Commissioners say we feel keenly the great
responsibility placed upon us by this Court in the administration that duty,
So far it is with you to say we have striven honestly and to the best of
our ability to merit your approval and return to you the office intrusted
to our keeping we hope you will find our record unblemished by intentional
wrong and one which will meet the approval of the Court and the people.
Your humble servants,
W. F. Clendening
T. W. Wright
Leroy Hoffman Comirs.
Which report was ordered received and spread upon the minutes of this Court, all the justices present voting therefor.
W. F. Clendening having received a majority of the votes of the Justices present and named in the caption was elected Commissioner of the Poor for ensuing legal term of three years.