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Sumner County, Tennessee Poor House Records
1905 - 1908

Transcribed by Jan Johnson Barnes
©1999

Source:
TSL&A County Clerk Minutes Roll #56
County Clerk Minutes, pages 369-370, 477, 33-34, 146-148 

Sumner County Clerk Minutes

October Term, 1905

Pages 369-370

The annual report of the Commissioners of the Poor, was read & ordered recorded & is as follows.

To the Hon. County Court of Sumner Couty Tenn. Assembled at the Oct. Term 1905. Gentlemen, we the undersigned Commissioners for the poor of your County beg to make the following report Inmates now being cared for at Poor House,

White

Lizzie Gregory 44             weak mind

Jane Rawlings 44             Blind

J.A. Rawlings 20              Idiot

J.B. Gilbert 52                 epilepsy

Tom Dennis 71                weak mind

Jas. Brumley 35               Idiot

Jas. Barber 44                 Deformed

Mary Rippy 70                old & weak mind

Rosa Wilks 48                 weak mind

Robt. Clark 51                 Insane

Kittie Atchison 40            weak mind

Selina Johnson 49

Tina Johnson 23              Blind

Will Jones 27                   weak mind

B.W. Brown 50                sore foot

Colored

George Jennings 46      Rheumatism

Will Hall 15                    Cripple

Casie Douglas 68           Paralysis

Rachel Brackin 74         old age

Peter Wickware 62        Deaf & Dumb

T.W. Wright

J.W. Albright

J. Miller Harris Comisrs.

Sumner County Clerk Minutes

October Term, 1906

Pages 477

The annual report of the Commissioners of the Poor were read in open Court which was ordered spread upon the minutes and is as follows,

To the Hon. County Court of Sumner County Tenn. Assembled Oct. Term 1906 We as your Commissioners of the Poor in and for said County hereby submit the following report,

Inmates now being care for 25

White

Tom Dennis 77              Idiotic

J.B. Gilbert 54              Fits

Jas. Brumley 37           Idiot

Jas. Wilks 58               Broken leg

Will Jones 29               Idiot

John Read 23              Crazy

Jas. Rowlands 21        Blind & Idiot

Bob Clark 53               Crazy

Rosa Wilks 50             Feeble minded

Blanch Wilkes 1          Feeble minded

Jane Rowlands 44       Blind

Kate Atchison 57         Idiot

Wade Clark 42            Idiot

Mary Rippy 73           Old age & Idiot

Thula Smithy 32          Scrofula

Francis Johnson 50     Old age

Tina Johnson 20          Blind

Martha Clampett 59    Idiot

Colored

Peter Sarver 51           Deaf Dumb & Blind

Jas. Patton 26             Crazy

Will Hall 17                 Paralysis

Ann Barber 43            Crazy

Margaret Stewart 78  Crazy

J.W. Albright

T.W. Wright

J. Miller Harris Comisrs.

Sumner County Clerk Minutes

October Term, 1907

Pages 33-34

The following annual report of the Commissioners of the Poor of Sumner County Tenn was read in open court and without comment or objection ordered spread upon the Minutes of this Court, viz:

State of Tennessee

County of Sumner To the Hon. County Court assembled at its October term 1907, we the undersigned Poor House Commissioners hereby submit to your hearing the following report to wit,

Paupers now in charge at County House

J.B. Gilbert white 55            Epilepsy

Jas. Brumley white 33          Idiot

Will Jones white 29               Idiot

Tom Dennis white 73            Idiot

Rosa McMurtry white 50    Feeble Minded

Mary Rippy white 72            Old age

Jim Barber white 46              Crippled

Jas. Wilkes white 51             Crippled & Feeble minded

Blanch Wilkes white 42        Consumption

Jane Roland white 47            Blind

Jim Roland white 25              Idiot & Blind

Chas Shoemaker white 81    Old age & blind

Lizzie Shoemaker white 59    Fits

Martha Clampitt white 60     Idiotic

Joe Smith white 26                Paralyzed

Kittie Atchison white 58       Idiotic

White Males, 9, White Females 7 Total 16

Colored

Peter Wickware 64              Deaf, Dumb & Blind

Ann Barber 43                     Insane

Rachael Brackin 76            Old age

Lena Lee 32 Insane

Jim Patton 28 Idiot

George Johnson 70           old age & crippled

Mary Johnson 63              Simple minded

Colored Males 3 Females 4 Total 7

Paupers admitted for year ending Sept. 30, 1907 Eleven. Released 10, Deaths 3.

T.W. Wright Com.

J.W. Albright Com.

J. Miller Harris Com

Sumner County Clerk Minutes

October Term, 1908

Pages 146-148

The annual report of the Commissioners of the Poor was read in open Court and ordered spread upon the Minutes as follows forward,

State of Tennessee

County of Sumner

To the Hon. County Court assembled at its Oct. Term 1908, We the undersigned P.H. Comsrs. Respectfully submit the following report to wit:

Paupers being cared for at Poor House

White Males & their disabilities

Barney Hudson 60             Paralysis

Ben Gilbert 58                   Epileptic

Tom Hardin 72                  Old age

Joe Smith 30                      Paralysis

Jim Wilks 60                     Cripple & weak mind

Will Jones 26                     Idiotic

Jas. Brumley 39                 Idiotic

Jas. Barber 44                    Idiotic & cripple

Sam McMurtry 43             Insane

Jim Rolin 20                       Idiot

Total white males 10

White Female

Selina Johnson 53              Blood poison

Tina Johnson 24                 Blind

Kittie Atchison 58              Idiot

Mrs. Rose McMurtry 52  Simple Minded

Mrs. Blanch Wilks 54       Tuberculosis

Mrs. Lizzie Shoemaker 62 Fits

Jane Roland 53                  Blind

Miss Bettie Clampitt 61    Weak Minded

Total White females 8

Males Colored

Geo Johnson 63               Crazy & Frost bitten

Milton Young 65              Crazy & Broken Back

Jim Patton 32                   Crazy

Total Col Males 3

Col Females

Annie Barbour 54           Insane

Twig Johnson 55             Demented

Moore Pyles 70              Old age

Total No. Col Females 3

Total Inmates 24

Respectfully submitted

J.M. Harris

J.W. Albright

R.M. Hester Comirs.


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