The census of the residents of the Lewis County Poor House, located in the Town of Lowville, was filed July 29, 1860. The keeper of the poor house was Orlando Babcock, who had a separate residence. At the time of the reading there were 48 residents, of which a dozen were children aged 10 and under, 3 adults classified as "insane," 4 adult women classified as "idiotic," 6 of "Old Age," 17 adults who were sick, 4 intemperate, and 5 who were specifically labeled as poor. There was some mixing of classification. A dozen claimed foreign birth and 3 claimed birth in Massachusetts. The majority of residents of the poorhouse were resident due to sickness of mind or body, infirmities of old age, or were small children most of whom were related to resident adults.
This is a literal transcription, letter for letter. Where I couldn't discern a name, or it made no sense, I've noted so with a "?". Poor house records are an often underutilized or unknown resource when looking for aged parents or children who are missing from a family group, or siblings who have "disappeared."
|RESIDENTS OF THE LEWIS COUNTY N.Y. POOR HOUSE - 1850|
|Name||Age||Occupation||Place of Birth||Status|
|BABCOCK Orlando||48||Keeper of Poor House||NY||value of real estate $2,800|
|BABCOCK William||19||Keeper of Poor House||NY|
|EROISE (?) Michael||88||Old Age||Mass.||Pauper|
|BUEL Putman||79||Old Age||NY||Old Age|
|GORDON Leonard||80||Old Age||NY||Old Age|
|KINZER Christian||75||Germany||Old Age|
|HINKLEY Henry||65||could not discern ditto marks for place of birth||Insane|
|SIMPSON(?) Urick||35||could not discern ditto marks for place of birth||Sickness|
|FLOOD John||70||Ireland||Old Age|
|ALGER Hannah||67||listed in the 1860 poorhouse, age 75, b. Connecticut||NY||Old Age|
|BROWN Abigal||63||NY||Old Age|
|DUPEYSTER Mary||18||listed in the 1860 poorhouse as "idiotic", age 28, b. NY||Germany||Sickness|
|MONEY Margaret||50||listed in the 1860 poorhouse, age 56, b. France||France||Idiot|
|BISHOP Phebe||35||listed in the 1860 poorhouse as "idiotic", b. NY, still age 35||Mass.||Sickness|
|___ Mary||7||surname might be Tuttle but no ditto marks||NY||Infancy|
Source: This electronic text was transcribed from original microfilm of the 1850 US census by Martha S. Magill, Coordinator of Herkimer/Montgomery Counties NYGenWeb. Due to the difficulties in transcribing old and stylized handwriting, the original census should be referred to.
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