MORGAN COUNTY POOR FARM
A COLLECTION OF SCANTY RECORDS
CA 1848-1853


From Florence Hutchison:
	Records of the three Morgan County Poor Farms are nowhere to be found at present.  If anybody 
“out there” knows where some of them are, would they please let us know about them so we could retrieve 
what we can.  Morgan County was the first county in Illinois to establish a farm to house and care for the 
indigent, sick, insane, elderly and orphans, of that we can be proud as the citizens of the now.
	At one time I found an old book and copied the following information, intending to go back some 
day and try to decipher the hard-to-read handwriting.  But the book disappeared.  The title on the page was
 “Paupers Received”.

From Shirley Aleguas:
	Florence copied the records up through December 1853.  She indicates that from then on the records 
were too poorly kept to read and interpret for 1854-1863.  The book has not been rediscovered since she copied 
the few records which follow.

Date Rec. Name From Where Discharged Death Date Remarks
18 Nov 1850 Barret, Becky France 4 Sep "Runaway"
5 May 1851 Bohun, John Ireland 28 July
25 Jul 1850 Bottcher, Robert Edward Germany 9 Oct 1850 "The learned German"
28 Oct 1853 Brannon, Edward Ireland
6 June 1851 Brown, Peter Ireland 29 June
3 Apr 1851 Butcher, George Jacksonville 3 July
21 May 1850 Butler, James Ireland 12 June
__ Apr 1852 Carr, John Ireland 3 June
11 May 1853 Cassey, Mat Ireland 15 May "went to insane asylum"
13 Mar 1852 Clark, Joel Missouri 5 Sep
13 Mar 1852 Clark, John Missouri 25 Mar
13 Mar 1852 Clark, Richard Missouri 1 Jul
2 Jan 1851 Creaw ?, Thomas Ireland 19 Feb 1852 "A Frozen Man, 10 miles from home"
2 Dec 1852 Crittenden, Mathias Arkansas 15 Mar 1853 with wife & 2 children
24 Aug 1853 Crouse, John Germany 28 Aug
20 Mar 1853 Daton (Ash), Richard Wisconsin 22 Mar "went to hospital"
3 Sep 1851 Davenport, Mary American 15 Sep "Runaway"
7 Dec 1850 Davis, Ann Pike co., IL 13 Feb 1851
1 May 1850 DeSilva, Mr. & family Trinidad 2 Jul Family of 4
21 Jan 1851 Downs, Timothy New York state 1 Mar 1851
18 Sep 1850 Doyle, Michael Ireland 30 Sep
6 Oct 1848 Dunham, Joseph old poorhouse
12 July 1852 Dunn, Isom & Nancy Saline Co., IL 1 Aug
6 Oct 1848 Fanning, Jacob old poorhouse 28 Nov 1848 (Parents claimed body)
5 Apr 1853 Farron, John Germany 2 May
16 Sep 1850 Fisher, Martha Pay patient 19 Feb 1852 Indian
21 Dec 1852 Flanigan, _____ Ireland 2 Jan 1853
2 Aug 1850 Griffin, Thomas Ireland 10 Aug
8 Oct 1850 Grimsley, Jane Illinois
6 Oct 1848 Grounds, Rebecca old poorhouse
29 Dec 1853 Hannin, Gardner Morgan Co., KY "and wife"
6 Oct 1851 Hastings, Ernest Prussian 10 Nov 1851
26 Dec 1851 Higg, William England 26 Mar 1852 Mrs. Higg & 4 children
4 Jan 1853 Irishman, name unknown 5 Mar
29 Aug 1853 Jamerson, ____ unknown "insane"
1 May 1851 John, "an Irishman" Ireland 25 June
27 Mar 1850 John, the Irishman Ireland 18 May
13 Oct 1851 Johnson, Andrew Norwegian 6 Dec
6 Oct 1848 Jones, Milly old poorhouse
26 Mar 1852 Kelly, Owen Ireland 2 Apr 1852
7 Oct 1853 Kenedy, _____ Ireland 20 Oct
12 May 1850 Kirkman, Barbara 1 June
1 Mar 1849 Kirkman, Barbara Ann 28 May
26 Dec 1848 Kirkman, John 29 May 1849
18 Nov 1850 Kirkman, Peter S. American 23 Mar
28 Nov 1851 Kirkman, Sarah American 7 Dec
16 Sep 1850 Kirkman, Thomas A. American 19 Feb 1852
6 Oct 1848 Lake, B. Elizabeth old poorhouse
6 June 1851 Leason, Margaret Ireland ___ Jul 1851
2 Sep 1851 Long, Helen Waverly
1 Nov 1848 Lucas, Mary Belleville to J'ville 24 Dec 1848
2 Oct 1852 Mahoney, Michael Ireland 15 Dec 1852
14 Jan 1852 Maloy, Pat Ireland 1 Mar 1852
25 Sep 1852 Marlin, Susan nr Lynnville 20 May 1853 (her child born 30 Oct 1852 & named Morgan C. Stillwell)
28 Nov 1852 McCoffer, _____ Ireland 19 Dec 1852
7 Aug 1852 McDonald, Michael Ireland
25 Sep 1852 McGrouley, Patrick Ireland 20 Dec
18 Jul 1853 McLaughlin, Patrick Ireland
8 Mar 1851 McMan, Mrs. York state 2 Apr
12 Dec 1850 Milsted, Joseph Tennessee 18 Apr 1851
13 Jan 1851 Monroe, Mrs. Nancy Virginia, IL 15 Nov "Lunatic"
21 Aug 1852 Mou ?, Daniel Bigalo Ohio 28 Sep (Bigalo man?)
31 Aug 1850 Mullin, John Ireland 8 Sep
12 Oct 1852 O'Brien, _____ Ireland 20 Dec
23 Dec 1848 Parris, John Morgan City 5 Feb 1849 Scotchman
9 Jul 1849 Poff, Louisa Springfield 18 Oct
1 Nov 1848 Price, Albert Apple Creek 15 Dec 1848
9 Nov 1848 Price, Andrew Apple Creek 15 Dec 1848
9 Nov 1848 Price, Martha Frances Apple Creek 15 Dec 1848
9 Nov 1848 Price, Mary Ann Apple Creek 15 Dec 1848
1 Nov 1848 Price, Mary Ann Apple Creek 15 Dec 1848
9 Nov 1848 Price, Sophronia Jane Apple Creek 15 Dec 1848
3 Dec 1852 Prior, George Connecticut 15 Mar 1853
3 Dec 1852 Prior, Julia Connecticut 15 Mar 1853
14 Mar 1851 Rachel North Carolina "Colored Woman, North Caolina, DeLurton Estate"
15 Aug 1851 Roth, Jacob Switzerland 15 Aug 1851
6 Oct 1848 Ryan, Mary old poorhouse 6 Oct 1848
29 May 1850 Scofield, Elizabeth England 28 Nov
2 Sep 1851 Scott, William Detroit 12 Sep
5 Oct 1848 Sherwood, Charles old poorhouse
5 Oct 1848 Sherwood, Hannah
29 Nov 1850 Sherwood, Hannah 10 Mar 1851 "her second child"
5 Oct 1848 Sherwood, Maria old poorhouse 13 Dec 1848
29 Nov 1850 Sherwood, Maria 1 Feb 1851 "and one child"
30 Aug 1850 Siggleke, Martin ermany Insane
12 Apr 1851 Smith, Dorcus Iowa 12 Apr 1851
25 June 1849 Smith, Loretta Missouri 27 Aug
1 Jul 1850 Spainhower, Thomas Illinois
22 Jul 1849 Sparks, Edward H. 20 Sep
17 Dec 1853 Spear, Ferdein Germany 16 Jan 1854 "Belongs to Sangamon - taken by his brother"
29 June 1852 Spoker, Catherine Germany 1 Aug
20 Jan 1849 Springer, George Adams Co. 1 Apr Blind
7 Oct 1850 Stephens, Caleb Illinois 1 Jan 1851
19 Nov 1851 Stephens, Henry Michigan 7 Dec 1851 "dropsy"
5 Dec 1848 Swales/Swailes, Jas. Jacksonville 11 June
18 Sep 1850 Thomas, Napoleon Germany 30 Sep
10 Oct 1853 Tunnel, Mrs. Greene Co. 28 Oct
14 June 1853 Vancil, Isaac Waverly
15 Sep 1852 Vancil, Jane Waverly 13 Oct
6 Oct 1848 Varner, Jacob old poorhouse 28 May 1848
22 Nov 1852 Vial, Alexander Illinois 20 Mar 1853
14 Jan 1850 Voorhees, Malinda 21 Aug 1850
14 Jan 1850 Voorhees, Malinda's daughter 18 Aug 1850
8 June 1851 Walker, Alexander Pay patient 25 June "Insane"
15 Aug 1851 Walsh, Michael Ireland 15 Oct 1852
14 Sep 1849 Wetton/Whetton, Mary England 21 Apr
8 Oct 1853 Whitehead, John Ireland 25 Oct
16 Oct 1848 Wiser, Nancy Rosanna Brown's Point

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