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Sumner County, Tennessee Poor House Records
1894 - 1895

Transcribed by Jan Johnson Barnes

TSL&A County Clerk Minutes Roll #55
County Clerk Minutes, pages 437, 438, 6, 7 

October Term 1894, page 437

The report of the Commissioners of the Poor was read in open Court and ordered spread upon the Minutes of this Court and which in words and figures is as follows,
To the Hon County Court of Sumner County, we the Poor House Commissioners of said County beg leave to make this our report for the year ending the 30th day of September, 1894.

Inmates at the County farm

Page 438

White 19
Enos Harper                age 77       feeble
Thomas Glover           age 57       idiot
James Brumley           age 25       idiot
Malinda Griffin           age 80       poverty
Martha Roberts          age 75       poverty
Susan May                  age 65       idiot
Francis Hessen           age 50       poverty
Margaret Smith          age 48       poverty
Willie Smith                age 3         poverty
Francis Adson             age 26      poverty
Lizzie Adson                age 3        poverty
Matilda May              age 43       poverty
Jesse McCloud          age 6         poverty
Lilly Griffin                age 12        poverty
John May                   age 74        poverty
Axom Lawrence         age 73        poverty
Case Johnson             age 2          poverty
Michael Johnson        age 20 months
- poverty


Matilda Corthran       age 80       poverty
Perry Mathews          age 77       poverty
Dick Chambers          age 74       idiot
Sally Meadors           age 82       poverty
Clarissa Patterson     age 49       idiot
Milton Young             age 28       idiot
Jacob Cotton              age 94       poverty
Sally Cotton               age 79        poverty

Stock on County farm in 1894
Sheep 18, Milck cows 4, Calves 4, Yearlings 7 Fatering Hogs 28, Pigs 20, Three mules, Bacon 450 lbs. Lard 300 lbs. Peas 3 Bushels, Onions 15 Bushels, Wheat 248 Bushels, Hay 20 Tons, One half acre in Sweet potatoes, One & one half acre in irish potatoes, 500 Bundles of oats, one two horse wagon and harness, and plenty of farming tools on the farm to answer all purposes for farming, all of the inmates are well cared for by T. P. Dennis the Superintendent of said farm, one hundred & fifty loads of wood, Deaths at the county farm in Eleven months 7, white and 4 colored in all 11. Return to you the office entrusted 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.
W. F. Clendening
T. W. Wright      Comsars.

M.J. Hassell having this day received the majority of votes cast of the Justices present and named in the caption was duly elected Commissioner of the Poor for ensuing term vice Leroy Hoffman expired.

July Term, 1895, Page 6

Whereas it has pleased almighty God to call from the walks of this life T. P. Dennis who was as

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Superintendent of the Poor House, a faithful honest upright and kind official and servant who was loved and respected by all the inmates of said assylum, as well as all his friends and acquaintences.

Therefore resolved that this Court tender to his bereaved family and friends our deepest sympathy and condolences in this their hour of trouble that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this Court and a copy of same be furnished the family by the Chairman & Clerk of this Court

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