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Hamilton County Poor Farm

"The almshouse in this county consists of two log buildings, one of which is occupied by the keeper, the other by the paupers. The pauper house contains two rooms, joined by a porch; and one of the rooms is divided through the centre by a partition. The keeper is paid two dollars a week for each pauper cared for, and furnishes everything, including medicine and medical attendance. There were only five inmates on the day of visitation, of whom two were idiotic.
[Source: "Reports to the General Assembly of Illinois", Vol 1, 1871]

The Hamilton county almshouse is located two and a half miles northeast of McLeansboro. The farm contains 160 acres of land of inferior quality, of which 10 acres is in orchard and garden and 70 acres cultivated. The building is frame, old and battered, without underpinning, with window panes missing, locks and latches, and in some instances doors, broken off for years. The facilities for separating the sexes are nominal. But one stove is used in this entire building. This is placed in the sitting room, also used as a dining room, used by all the inmates.
The one insane inmate is filthy beyond all description and should be removed. He and his room are as clean as it is possible to keep either, where the conveniences for caring for this class of patients are almost wholly wanting. The bedding of the more cleanly inmates is in good condition. There are numerous evidences that vermin at one time abounded, though the present management think they have them under control. A three-year-old girl who is here with her mother should be sent to the Asylum for the Feeble Minded. No religious services are ever held, or reading matter supplied. The food is cooked by the management, and served by the inmates.
For $55.00 per year and the income of the farm the superintendent agrees to furnish food, clothing, furniture and care of the inmates. One naturally speculates on what the conditions would have been had the lowest bid of $40.00 per year per capita been accepted.
Date of inspection, Jan. 10, 1907.
[Source: "Biennial report", Volume 7 By Illinois Board of Public Charities]


Hamilton County Poor Farm Records
1898-1946
Originally Transcribed by Silvetta Parsons
Pub. in SAGA XX/2

Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by K. Torp

(There are misspellings in the original records, and they have all been retained. Items in ( ) were inserted by transcriber Silvetta Parsons, though the researcher should verify all data for themselves. As an FYI, one of the state mental institutions is located at Anna, IL, so when an entry says "discharged to Anna, IL" odds are they went to the state hospital)

Note from Silvetta Parsons: The first admission is dated Dec 4, 1898 and the last one from May 24, 1946, when the poor farm closed its doors. The records also included information on occupation, civil condition, parents living, residence, literacy, health habits, etc, which was not copied.



May 20, 1922 - Record by Caleb Gersbacher and bilder of fence on county farm, the fence between Mrs. McCoy and county farm is two feet south of line on county farm. This line is north of graveyard. The fence belongs to county. Record from 1899

On March 25, 1917, the body of Charles Lewis was buried by A.C. Moore, his being the first grave in the new addition to the county cemetery. There by his grave is No. 1, and he came to his death on March 23, 1917 by the Shawneetown train No. 40

Dec. 1, 1918, the county farm went on a cash basis, with A.C. Moore and wife as keeper. Their salary was $800 per year, everything furnished.

Keepers of the Poor
W.W. Garvin -- 1899-1903
Mansfield Schuster -- 1903-1906
W.T. McNaff -- 1907-1910
Caleb Gersbacher -- Sept 1 1910-1912
W.A. Ingram -- 1913-1916
A.C. Moore -- 1917-1918
F.M. Shuster -- 1926-Dec 1, 1930
Elvis Campbell -- Dec 1, 1930


Alms House Register
page 2, page 1 is missing

Dec 4, 1898 - by the court --- simple minded
Dec 4, 1898 - by the court -- simple minded
Dec 4, 1898 - Wm. Dudley by J.W. -- insantiy
Dec 4, 1898 - J. Campbell by court - bad eyes
Dec 4, 1898 - H.L. Hall by Flaming - mennes
May 9, 1898 - H.L. Hall, Sup. Flanigan - bad eyes
June 29, 1898 - C.M. Gay, Sup. McLeansboro - fits
July 23, 1898 - C.M. Gay, Sup. McLeansboro - sickness
May 9, 1898 - C.M. Gay, Sup. McLeansboro - poverty
Nov 23, 1898 - G.W. Donley, Mayberry - bad health
Mar 3, 1898 - G.W. Donley, Mayberry - poverty
Jan 2, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - ignorance
Jan 2, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - poverty
Jan 2, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - sickness
FEB(?) 10, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - sickness
FEB 16, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - sickness
FEB 16, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - sickness
FEB 16, 1899 - by H.S. Hall, Sup. Flanigan - frose feet
FEB 16, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - old age
FEB 16, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - bastard (died March 10 1899)
FEB 22, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - poverty
FEB 22, 1899 - C.G. McCoy, Sup. McLeansboro - poverty
The above is a correct statement of paupers kept on county farm from Dec 4, 1898 to March 1, 1899. Amt paid is $199.55
W.M. Garvin, keeper
Poor Farm Commity - G.W. Donley, C.F. Moore, C.M. Hall



Admitted March 4, 1899:
Margaret Fowler, 52 b. Hamilton Co, no occupation, civil condition good, no parents, residence Hamilton Co., educated, health good, admitted by the court, simple minded/simpleness/poverty, single, disch. Apr 6, 1911 to Anna, Ill.

Tobe Oglesby, 46, b. Hamilton Co; adm. by court, simple minded/simpleness/ignorance, 1903 single, disch. Sept 12, 1907, adm. Dec 1, 1907 by court, expenses: April 27 1912: 1 shirt, 39 cents, May 11 1912: 1 shirt 35 cents, July 13 1912 suit of clothes. Died FEB 15, 1913.
(1903 and later records give birthplace as Tennessee)

Jane Mitchell, 49 b. Hamilton County, adm. by Wm. Dudley, insanity/weak mind/ignorance; 1903 single, disch. June 7 1904;
adm. Jan 28, 1905 by M.E. Buck, disch April 14 1905
adm. March 4, 1906, disch. April 6, 1911 to Anna, Ill.
(1903 record has birthplace as White County)

Bill J. Riley, 42, b. Indiana; adm. by J. Campbell, bad eyes, disch. April 6, 1899

May Tippie (Tippy), 24, b. Hamilton County, adm. by H. Hall, menes, June 8, 1900 gone to Jesie Barnets
adm. Aug 10, 1900 by W.L. Snider, meeness, poverty; 1903 widow, died June 17, 1903

Lyddie (Lyda) Weeks, 34, b Hamilton County, adm. by H.S. Hall, bad eyes, disch. Sept 10, 1900

Mag Johnson, 31, b Hamilton County, adm. by C.G. McCoy, fits, disch. Sept 10, 1900

Nellie (Nollie) Davis, 24, b Missouri, adm. by C.G. McCoy, sickness, disch. July 9, 1899

Henry Weeks, 2, b Hamilton County, adm. by H.L. Hall, poverty, disch. Sept 10, 1900

Patrick McMaham (McMahon or McMeam), age 60, b. Ireland, adm by G.W. Donley, poverty, disch. March 20, 1899
adm. June 4, 1899 by A.C. Tedford, sickness, disch. Aug 28, 1899
adm. Nov. 8, 1899 by G.W. Donley, sickness/old age/fumities/feeble-minded. Records for 1900 give his age as 75. Disch. March 4, 1900
adm. July 18, 1901 by W.L. Snyder, disch. Oct 22, 1901
adm. Nov. 17, 1901 by W.L. Snider.
March 25, 1902, gone rambling
adm. Dec. 4, 1902 by W.H. Bridwell, bad health, disch. April 27, 1903
adm. July 5, 1904 by Matthew McMahan, widower, old age,
expenses May 11, 1912: 1 pr. shoes $2
died Jan 11, 1914

Alice (Alis) Tippie (tippy), 10 mos., b alms house, adm. by H.S. Hall, poverty, Dec. 21, 1899 sent to orphans' home

?oda Wheeler, 21, b. Hamilton County, adm. by C.G. McCoy, ignornts, meeness, disch. March 30, 1901

Lucy Scott (listed as WHEELER in 1900), 2, b. Hamilton County, adm. by C.G. McCoy, poverty/simpleness, disch. March 30, 1901 as Lucy Scot

Wade Robbins, 40, b Virginia, adm. by C.G. McCoy, sickness, disch. March 9, 1899

Grace Robbins, 9 b Virginia adm. by C.G. McCoy, sickness, disch. March 9, 1899

Minnie Robbins, 7, b. Virginia adm. by C.G. McCoy, sickness, disch. March 9, 1899

Nancy Harris (Haris or Harice), age 23, b. Hamilton County, adm. by H.L. Hall, frozen feet, July 28, 1900 gone to S.G. Cook

Arthur Wilson, 77, b NC, adm. by C.G. McCoy, old age, died March 16, 1899

Richard Wheeler, 1 month, b alms house, adm. by C.G. McCoy, poverty, died March 10, 1899

John Campbel, 11, b Hamilton County, adm. by C.G. McCoy, poverty, sent to orphans' home March 15, 1899/


Admitted March 20, 1899:
Marshal Holland (Hollens), age 37, b. Hamilton County, adm by C.V. Moore, sickness, disch. June 21, 1899

Lola (Lula) Holland, 10, b. Hamilton county, adm. by C.V. Moore, sickness, disch. June 21, 1899

Lona Holland, 8, b. Hamilton County, adm by C.V. Moore, sickness, disch. June 21, 1899

Nora Holland, 5, b. Hamilton County, adm by C.V. Moore, sickness, disch. June 21, 1899


Admitted April 14, 1899
Mary Rhoeder (Rhader), age 24, b. Hamilton County, adm by A.C. Tedford, meenes, disch. Jan 14, 1900

Osker (Asker) Rhoeder, 4, b. Hamilton County, adm by A.C. Tedford, poverty, sent to orphans' home Oct 24, 1899.


Admitted May 11, 1899
Edd (Edde or Eddie) Sharp, age 35, b. Posey County, Ind., adm by Will Sesors (Sears), fits, disch. April 30, 1900, adm Oct 11, 1901. 1903 widower, died Dec 18, 1904

Admitted June 4, 1899
Robert J. Thomes, 1 day, b alms house, adm by A.C. Tedford, poverty

Rona Hollens, 4, b. Hamilton County, adm by C.V. Moore, sickness, disch. June 21, 1899

Hubert Rhader, 1 week, b alms house, adm. by A.C. Tedford, poverty, disch. Jan 14, 1900


Admitted June 14, 1899
Laura McKelya (McLeya, McAlay or McElya), age 33, , b. Hamilton County, adm by Jack Hall, sickness/simpleness/feeble minded/insanity, taken to Anna, IL Dec 11, 1906. (1904 record has her birthplace as Alabama)

Admitted July 12, 1899
J.H. Willis, age 63, b. Hamilton County, adm by J. Campbell, old age, July 22 1899 gon to fill tranels (?)

Admitted Dec. 29, 1899
Myrtle (Myrtil) Tippy, 1 day, b alms house, poverty, gone to Jesie Barnet's June 8, 1899, adm. Aug 10, 1900 by W.L. Snider, poverty, July 8 1901 gon to Willis Sercy.


Admitted April 8, 1900
Elmer Williams, age 7, b. Hamilton County, adm by W.H. Gray, poverty, May 8 1900 gon to Scot Benits (Bennett's?)


Admitted April 13, 1900
John Williams, 12, b. Hamilton County, adm by W.L. Snider, poverty, July 25, 1900 gone to Oll Oliver's


Admitted May 9, 1900
Charley Sword, 68, b. Sweden, adm. by G.A. Paylor, insanity, 1903 widower/married, disch. Sept 12, 1907
adm. Dec 1, 1907 by board, disch. Dec 27, 1907


Admitted June 14, 1900
Flora Bracklen (Brachend/Brackens), 17, b. alms house, adm by Gill Taylor, sickness, Dec 11, 1900 gon to John Young's
adm. April 1, 1901 by G.A. Polar, meeness, disch. June 22 1901
adm. June 30, 1901 by W.L. Snyder, meeness, disch. June 12, 1902


Admitted July 21, 1900
Barnie (Barna) Aitiep (Aitnip), 9, b. Hamilton County, adm by A.M. Gregg, poverty, Oct 9, 1900 gon to orphent home

Martha Barns, 25, b. Hamilton County, adm by W.H. Gray, meenes, Dec 26, 1901 gone to Bill Fans

John Barns, 1, b. Hamilton County, adm by W.H. Gray, poverty, Oct 9, 11900 gone to orphent home

Hattie Barns, 2 mos, b. Hamilton County, adm by W.H. Gray, poverty, Dec 26, 1901, gon to Bill Fans


Admitted Aug. 7, 1900
George Brackens (Brachend), 1 day, b. alms house, adm. by G.A. Taylor, poverty, Dec 11, 1900 gon to John Young's


Admitted Aug 30, 1900
Lottie Ezell, 24, b. Hamilton County, adm by Jacob Hall, feeble minded /sickness/ triflness/ ignorance; disch. March 30, 1905
adm. June 4, 1905 W.E. Bennett. single


Admitted Sept 21, 1900
Nancy Watson, 52, b. Limo (Hamilton County), adm. by A.M. Gregg, old age, April 17, 1901 gone to Ania

Nellie Lowry, 14, b. Hamilton County, adm by A.M. Gregg, poverty/simpleness, disch. June 23, 1902

Admitted Nov 26, 1900
Sealia Clark, 78, adm. by G.W. Donly, old age, rumities, died Aug 31, 1901


Admitted Jan 7, 1901
Jacob (J.A.) Reatter, 56, b Germany, adm. by Jacob Hall, poor/rheumatism, disch May 21, 1901
age 65 adm. July 1, 1912, disch. March 20, 1913
adm May 22, 1913.
Last listed September 1914

Frank Hall, 33, b. Slean (Saline) County, adm. by Jacob Hall, rumities, disch. Sept 21, 1901

R.H. Sullivan, 67, b. Tenn., adm. by G.A. Talor, crippel, died FEB 18, 1901


Admitted Jan 16, 1901
William Taylor, 24, b Illinois, adm. by R.H. Williams, sickness, died FEB 1, 1901


Admitted June 10, 1901
George Yeagor (Eagor), 40, b. Hamilton County, adm by A.M. Grigg, feeble minded, Sept 16 1901 gon to W.W. Kenedy's

Admitted July 6, 1901
Nancy Brials, 28, b. Hamilton County, adm by D.R. Poyner, bad eyes, disch Sept 10, 1901

Delcy (Delsy) Brials, 2, b. Hamilton County, adm by D.R. Poyner, poverty, disch. Sept 10, 1901

Admitted July 7, 1901
Lucy (Lou) Suten (Sutton), 25, b. Hamilton County, adm by D.R. Pynor, meeness, disch. Sept 8, 1901
adm. Dec 4, 1901, disch. March 22, 1902

Admitted July 21, 1901
Sarah Oliver, 49, b. Illinois, adm. by D.R. Jamer, feeble minded, disch. Sept 10, 1901


Admitted Aug. 24, 1901
Stellie (Stella) Jacobs (Jacob), 16, b. Hamilton County, adm by committee, feeble minded/simpleness, disch. Sept 9, 1901
adm. Oct 21, 1901, cancer, disch. Aug 12, 1902
adm. FEB 9, 1903 by John Allen, scrofula
March 4, 1903 records have her name as Stella Jenkins, 3902 married, disch. May 22, 1905


Admitted Sept 25, 1901
Elizabeth Maricle, 69, b Tenn., adm. by Y.S. Organ, old age, died Dec 5, 1901


Admitted Dec 7, 1901
Wilerd (Willard) Suten (Sutton), 6 mos, b. Hamilton County, adm by court, poverty, disch. March 22, 1902


Admitted Dec 10, 1901
Andy Johnson, 32, b. Hamilton County, adm by D.R. Poiner, sickness, died March 20, 1902 at alms house.


Admitted Jan. 7, 1902
Lawrence Ezell, b alms house, aged listed as 2 mos. in March 1902, poverty


Admitted FEB 3, 1902
Clarence Tippie (tippy) b. alms house, aged listed as 1 mo in March 1902, poverty, died July 30, 1902

Hugh Clary, 68, adm. by G.W. Donley, sickness, May 22, 1902 gone to Broughton


Admitted FEB 18, 1902
Rosa Bracken, poverty, aged listed as 14 days March 4, 1902, disch. June 12, 1902


Admitted April 28, 1902
Mary Jane McLay, 3 days, b alms house, poverty, died July 6, 1902


Admitted June 14, 1902
Nellie Davis, 27, b Missouri, adm. by Wm. Bridwell, meaness, disch. June 28, 1902


Admitted Jan 15, 1902
Warden Coonts, 56, b Hamilton County, adm by D.R. Poyner, rheumatism/poverty, married died June 29, 1903

Mahala Coonts, 45, b White County, adm. by D.R. Poyner, married poverty, disch. July 13, 1903


Admitted March 12, 1903
F.F. Herbert, 74, Germany, adm. by A.M. Grigg, poverty, widower


Admitted March 28, 1903
J.H. Walcott, 70, b. Indiana, adm. by W.H.F. Bridwell, bad health, disch April 5, 1903

Admitted June 4, 1903
Willie Tippy, 1 day, b alms house, died July 30, 1903


Admitted Sept 10, 1903
Chloe Baty, 16, b. White County, adm. by W.H.F. Bridwell, insanity/ignorance, disch. June 8, 1904,
adm Sept 4, 1904, disch. April 2, 1905,
adm. by M.E. Buck Jan 12, 1906 as Chloe Micks, ignorance, married, disch. March 8, 1906 by order,
adm June 4, 1906; disch. Aug 3, 1907 as Chloe Meeks

Admitted Nov. 6, 1903
Elvis Emery, 27, b White County, adm. by John Allen, ignorance, single, disch. June 10, 1904

Alice Hutchinson, 16, b Hamilton County, adm by W.H.F. Bridwell, poverty, disch. May 24, 1904

Admitted FEB 1, 1904
Nancy Ezell, 50, b Kentucky, adm. by Perry Lee, ignorance, disch. March 8, 1904
adm. Dec 4, 1904, disch. June 26, 1906 by order
adm Aug 22, 1906, single,
last listed in 1907 records.

Admitted FEB 28, 1904
John C. Hutchinson, b FEB 28, 1904 alms house, died March 26, 1904

Admitted March 16, 1904
Adolphus Ernest, 23, b. Germany, adm. by A.M. Grigg, single, disch May 4, 1904

Admitted Oct. 17, 1904
Hildy (Hildua) Parker Ezell, male, b. Oct 17, 1904 almshouse, disch. March 30, 1905,
adm June 4, 1905, disch April 3, 1906 to orphans' home

Admitted Dec. 27, 1904
Perry McDonald, 43, b Ohio, adm. by M.E. Buck, bad health, single, disch May 30, 1905

Admitted FEB. 27, 1905
Anna Carlile, b. Hardin County, single, adm by Lawrence Smith, poverty

Earl Carlile, 2 ½ mos., b Hamilton County, adm by Lawrence Smith, poverty/bad health, disch. April 3, 1906 to orphans' home

Admitted March 24, 1905
Robert Yeates, 49, bad health, divorced, died April 28, 1905

Admitted Sept 30, 1905
Martin Cole, 75, widower, b Germany, adm. by M.E. Buck, poverty, last listed in March 1906


Admitted Oct 17, 1905
Rhoda Cole, 26, married, adm. by B.F. Witters, disch. 1905(?),
adm. Nov. 15, 1906, poverty, disch Jan 25, 1907
adm. March 7, 1907, disch. March 17, 1907

Admitted March 7, 1906
Thomas Brooks, 73, b Kentucky, widower, adm. by M.E. Buck, poverty/ignorance, disch. 1906,
adm. June 4, 1906 by M.McMahan, disch. Nov 17, 1919
adm Dec 13, 1911 by Barns, sickness, died Jan 5, 1912

Admitted FEB 1, 1907
Charloty (Lottie) Brooks (same as Lottie Ezell?), 29, b Illinois, adm by Boyer, poverty/laziness, disch Nov 1, 1910,
adm Dec 13, 1911 by Barns, disch March 18, 1912 by J.N. Ceptor
adm. July 16, 1912 by J.N. Upton, disch. Aug 15, 1912
adm. March 18, 1913, disch. April 1, 1913, married

Admitted Nov 5, 1907
Bart Lance, b. Indiana, disch. Dec 27, 1907, adm March 1, 1908, ignorance, disch May 30, 1910


Admitted May 21, 1908
Susie Brooks, b. April 1908 Hamilton County, died Oct 22, 1908


Admitted June 19, 1908
Charles Groves, b. Illinois, disch. July 2, 1908


Admitted Sept 29, 1908
Nancy Watson, 60, b. Illinois, adm. by A.M. Gregg, poverty, died March 17, 1909


Admitted Dec 18, 1908
William Morrow, 65, b Kentucky, adm. by R.L. Malone, property: pistol and fiddle, disch. June 10, 1909


Admitted March 23, 1908
Earl Herbert, 11, b Illinois, adm. by A.M. Gregg, poverty, disch April 8, 1908

Lowell Herbert, 7, b Illinois, adm. by A.M. Gregg, poverty, disch. April 8, 1908


Admitted Aug 4, 1909
Dennis McMahon, 80, adm. by C.A. Baron, sickness, disch. Aug 8, 1909


Admitted Aug 28, 1909
Edna Brooks, b 1909 Illinois, adm. by Boyer, poverty/bad health
adm Dec 13, 1911 by Barns, poverty and young, disch. to J.H. Bode Jan 11, 1912 by order of Barrons

Admitted Oct 2, 1909
Perry McDonald, b Illinois, adm by C.A. Barron, sickness, not listed in Dec 1909 records

Admitted June 28, 1910
Pete Essary, 25, adm. by Arthur Allen, bad health, died Aug 9, 1910

Admitted Aug 24, 1911
Elizabeth (Lizy) Tombs, 27, b Illinois, adm. by C.A. Baron, bad eyes and poverty, disch. Jan 29, 1912 by Supervisor Barns,
adm June 14, 1912, disch. June 18, 1912, left July 20, 1912,
adm. Sept 8, 1912 by Ben Bager, disch. March 10, 1913 by Baker,
adm June 14, 1913, disch March 10, 1914,
adm April 3, 1914, disch May 22, 1914

Admitted Dec 18, 1911
Thomas Brooks, 3 mos, b. Illinois, adm by birth, small and young, disch. March 18, 1912 by supervisor to J.N. Ceptor,
adm. July 16, 1912, disch. Aug 15, 1912,
adm. March 18, 1913, disch. April 1, 1913 baby

Admitted Jan 6, 1912
Mary E. Bennett, 36, b Illinois, adm. by L.H. Knight, poverty, disch. FEB 1, 1912 to D.H. Knight
adm. March 9, 1912, disch to Ben Baker April 1, 1912 by Supervisor Baron
adm. April 29, 1912 by Ben Baker
adm. June 1, 1912 disch. June 8, 1912
adm. July 11, 1912 by supervisor, disch. July 23, 1912

Alleen Bennett, 4, b Illinois, adm by L.H. Knight, small and young, disch FEB 1, 1912 by D.H. Knight
adm March 9, 1912 disch. to Ben Baker April 1, 1912 by Baron, expenses April 1, 1912 1 pr. shoes $1.25
adm. April 29 1912 by Ben Baker
adm. June 1, 1912, disch. June 8, 1912
adm. July 11, 1912, disch. July 23, 1912

Pauline Bennett, 2, b Illinois, adm. by L.H. Knight, small and young, disch Jan 29, 1912 by Supervisor Barrons
adm. March 9, 1912, disch. to Ben Baker April 1, 1912
adm. April 29, 1912 by Ben Baker
adm June 1, 1912, disch. June 8, 1912
adm July 11, 1912, disch. July 23, 1912

Milton Bennett, 1, b Illinois, adm. by L.H. Knight, small and young, disch Jan 29, 1912 by Supervisor Barrons
adm Marcy 9, 1912, disch to Ben Baker April 1, 1912
adm April 29, 1912 by Ben Baker
adm. June 1, 1912, disch June 8, 1912
adm July 11, 1912, disch. July 23, 1912


Admitted Jan 10, 1912
Marie M. Tombs (Toombs), 3, b. Illinois, adm. by birth, small and young, disch Jan 29, 1912 by Supervisor Barrons
adm. June 14, 1912, disch June 16, 1912
adm. Sept 8, 1912 disch March 10, 1913
adm June 14, 1913, disch March 10, 1914
adm. April 3, 1914, disch. May 22, 1914 to orphans home


Admitted FEB 27, 1912
John Levans (Leavens), 72, b Sweden, lived Michigan, adm. by Barrons, poverty/laziness/sore foot, expenses: May 4, 1912, 25 cents tobacco, 5 yards factor to dress feet with, disch. April 23, 1914


Admitted June 10, 1912
Frank Lowery, 52, b Illinois, adm by supervisor A Peer, bad health, disch. July 2, 1912, came back July 8, 1912, died Sept 27, 1912


Admitted Nov 4, 1912
Joseph Metcalf, 69, b Illinois, adm by A. Pear, old and poor, disch. Nov 6, 1912 by Dale,
adm Jan 4, 1913 by supervisor, disch March 13, 1914
adm. April 4, 1914, disch May 12, 1914
adm. Sept 1, 1914 by supervisor, disch June 8, 1915 insane


Admitted FEB 11, 1913
Laura Cross, 65, b Illinois, adm by Karcher, poor, disch April 21, 1913 by McKelvan


Admitted Sept 1, 1913
Caroline Shields (Shieley), 75, b Illinois, adm by supervisor, old age, disch Dec 8, 1915, insane


Admitted Nov 5, 1913
Isaac Alderman (Aldridge), 80 , b. Illinois (Ohio) adm by supervisor, poor, died Jan 24, 1915, age 70
(K.T.'s note: ages typed as typed in the transcription. Researcher should definitely double-check these dates)

Admitted May 14, 1913
Charley Bell, 4, b Illinois, poor, disch June 8, 1914 to orphans home

Ellen Lemay, 34, b Illinois, poor, disch Sept 19. 1914, adm. March 6, 1916 by supervisor, disch May 7, 1916


Admitted July 18, 1914
Charls Lemay, 4, b Illinois, disch June 8, 1914 to orphans home

Admitted July 18, 1914
Bill Oliver, 50, b Illinois, disch Sept 15, 1914 as William, 90, b Indiana, adm. Jan 8, 1918 by Moses Bowers as William, 65, b Indiana, deaf and dumb, last listed in 1919

Fult (Fulton, R.F.) Oliver, 60, b Illinois, disch. Sept 15, 1914,
adm Jan 9, 1917, 81, b. Indiana, old age, disch March 12, 1917
adm Jan 29, 1918 by Mose Bower, disch April 4, 1918, insane.

Admitted Aug 6, 1914
May Funkhouser, 18, b Hamilton County, disch Jan 2, 1915 to blind school, adm July 1, 1916, disch Oct 25, 1916


Admitted Sept 8, 1914
Wilard Lamary, b Hamilton County, disch Sept 19, 1914, adm March 6, 1916, age 17 mos., disch. June 24, 1916


Admitted Dec 10, 1914
Columbus Mitchell, 42 b. Illinois, nearly blind, disch July 13, 1918, adm March 24, 1927 by Bowers, bad health, disch June 6, 1927, adm. July 1, 1927

Admitted FEB 6, 1915
William Kane, 79, b New York, disch FEB 8, 1915

Admitted March 27, 1915

J.A. Martin, 40, b Illinois, disch March 29, 1915

Admitted May 20, 1915
Marshal Johnson, 65, b. Illinois, poor health, disch Aug 6, 1915

Nerve Johnson, 65, b Illinois, poor health, disch Aug 6, 1915


Admitted Aug 2, 1914
W.H. Humphrey, 70, disch Aug 4, 1914


Admitted Sept 7, 1915
Katy Schmidlin, disch Nov 15, 1915

Admitted Oct 13, 1915

Dave Kelly, 55, b Illinois, disch Oct 19, 1915


Admitted Nov 16, 1915
William Holland, 6, b Illinois, orphan, disch March 7, 1916

Elmo Holland, 2, b Illinois, orphan, disch March 7, 1916

Lily (Lilie) Holland, 4, b Illinois, disch FEB 9, 1916, orphans' home

Admitted April 22, 1916
Henry Winters, 63, b Illinois, bad health, disch May 29, 1916


Admitted Aug 11, 1916
Ed Watson, 65, b Hamilton County, rheumatism/sore leg, not listed in 1917

Philip B. Orr, 65, b Hamilton County, poor/cripple/homeless, died Dec 8, 1928, buried at Cherry Grove

Admitted Sept 5, 1916
Ann Watson, 60, b Hamilton County, poor, not listed in 1917

Admitted Nov 14, 1916
Silas Jones, 65, b Illinois, disch Nov 25, 1916, adm Dec 1, 1916 by moses Bower, ill health, died April 9, 1917

Allice Drake, 51, disch Nov 25, 1916

George Drake, 5, disch Nov 25, 1916

Admitted Dec 23, 1916
Burt Durham, 28, b Illinois, adm by George Hargis, very poor/diseased, disch. April 17, 1917
adm Aug 30, 1917 by Hargis, homeless, disch June 30, 1918


Admitted May 24, 1917
Charles McClure, 83, b Illinois, adm . by Moses Bower, drinking, disch. June 4, 1917


Admitted Aug 6, 1917
Babel Moore, 72, b Illinois, bad health, disch Nov 12, 1917, adm Jan 1, 1918 by McCarthy, old age, disch Oct 11, 1920


Admitted Sept 19. 1917
Minda Holmes, 87, adm by Frank McCarthy, bad health and old age, died Dec 25, 1917


Admitted Dec 13, 1917
Sarah Holmes, 79, b Illinois, adm by McCarthy, old age, disch march 5, 1918


Admitted March 18, 1918
Jasper Hale, 79, b Illinois, adm by M. Bower, old and homeless, disch April 18, 1918
adm. Sept 15, 1918 by Webb, disch. March 28, 1919
adm. Aug 11, 1919, disch Jan 14, 1920


Admitted May 12, 1918
May Jones, 23, b Illinois, adm. by Edgar Wilson, homeless/weak eyes, disch March 19, 1919 adm Aug 11, 1919, disch Dec 17, 1919


Admitted Aug 22, 1918
Rosa Jones, born Aug 22, 1918, dau of May Jones, disch March 19, 1919, adm. Aug 11, 1919, disch. Dec 17, 1919


Admitted Oct 9,. 1918
Pearl Belle, 19, b Missouri, adm. by Bert Witters, homeless, died Oct 30, 1918


Admitted Jan 8, 1919

N.C. Durham, 72, b Illinois, adm by Frank Hunt, almost blind, disch March 21, 1919


Admitted Jan 27, 1919
Sarah Oliver, 65, b Kentucky, adm by Sims, old and homeless, disch March 19, 1919
adm Dec 28, 1919, disch Jan 2, 1920
adm May 28, 1920, discarged as a widow, husband Fulton Oliver, b Dec 25 (year unknown) b. Allen Co, Ky, daughter of Alex Costolo and Lucy Ann Gully. Take to Anna State Hospital March 19, 1928

Admitted FEB 18, 1920
Nancy Oliver, 87, b Illinois, adm by Gideon Harrelson, died March 10, 1920


Admitted FEB 20, 1920
Clarinda Riggs, 58, b Illinois, adm by Matheny, disch. FEB 27, 1920


[No records found for 1921-1925]

Admitted Aug 15, 1926
Elija Sneed, 77, b Kentucky, adm by William Sneed, loss of blind pension, disch Jan 31, 1927 to Anna Hospital

Admitted March 15, 1927
J.C. Martin, 59, adm by Maulding, ill health, single, b Jan 29, 1868, farm hand employed by Giles Gibbs, b. Hamilton Co., IL, son of William Martin (born St. Louis, MO) and Plisine Clark (b. Hamilton Co) Taken to Anna State Hospital Nov 5, 1929

Admitted June 7, 1927
William Barker, 83, adm by M.F. Gray, old age, widower, husband of Ella Barker, b FEB 1, 1844, farmer, b. Hamilton Co, IL, son of Edmond Barker and Susan Schoolcraft. Died Dec 23, 1928 and buried at county farm.

Admitted FEB 21, 1927
Lucas Bond, 52, adm by Bowers, bad health, divorced, ex-husband of Alice Bond, b July 29. 1865, machinist, b Hamilton Co, IL, son of Wilburn Bond (b IL) and Evilyne Maulding (b IL), discharged May 27, 1928 by Joe Hunt. Re-instated Oct 25, 1944 by T.J. Little

Admitted March 30, 1927
Tom Drew, 73, adm by Felix Smith, laziness, divorced, ex-husband of Martha Drew, born July 4, 1859, farmer, b. Hamilton Co, IL, son of Tom Drew (b Tenn) and Nancy Jane Jobe (b MO), committed to Anna Hospital by county board for treatment.


Admitted June 19, 1927
Bill McDaniel, 73, adm by Bowers, bad health, disch June 24, 1927, widower, husband of Dora McDaniel, b Jan 25, 1854 Hamilton co, IL, farmer, son of John McDanials, (b Tenn) and Elizabeth Denny (b Hamilton Co, IL)


W.M. Burton - divorced, ex-husband of Annie Burton, b FEB 14, 1854, farmer, b Hamilton Co, son of James Burton (b Tenn) and Nancy Spencer (b IL) Taken to Anna Hospital Dec 23, 1929

John Huffstutter, widower, husband of Mary Huffstutter, b July 4, 1851, brick mason, b Hamilton Co, IL, son of John Huffstutter (b KY) and Susie Boyd. Died March 8, 1931

Henry Stuart, married, husband of Annis Stewart, b FEB 28, 1845, farmer, son of David Stewart (b Scotland) and Rebecca Prince (b Tenn) Discharged April 1, 1928 by county board to Thomps Hammintree

John Essary, single, b Oct 16, 1876 Hamilton Co, son of William Essary (b IL) and Hannah Lamay (b Tenn) Discharged Aug 13, to Tom Essary

Elzy Clemmons, laborer, widower, b Aug 26, 1882 Hamilton Co, son of Ben Clemmons and Mary Mencer, admitted Jan 28, 1937 by Wilborn Reeves, supervisor Mayberry Twp. Dead

Frank Elliott, 36, husband of Eliza Clark, farmer, b Hamilton Co, IL seven children, son of John Elliott and Maggie Welsch, admitted Nov 16, 1932, remitted to county Jan 9, 1937

William R. Malone, admitted May 14, 1933, widow, age 56, birthplace unknown, dau of John R. Malone and Syrah Malone, left county farm Dec 23, 1933

Whyde Price, adm. May 22, 1933, single, age 21, laborer, b Kansas City, MO, son of Harry Price and Helen Price, discharged by Dr. C.U. JOhnson July 5, 1933

S.S. Brills, admitted Nov 6, 1933, widow of Emimil Fowler, age 77, b Nov 18, 1856, son of Alexander F. Brills and Eluzabeth McKinsey

John Hopkins, b Dec 9, 1875, laborer, widower, husband of Cora Cortney, son of James Hopkins and Ellen Adams, adm. Nov. 24, 1935 by O.L. Salone, Crook Twp. Dead.

Dan Campbell, b July 12, 1862, peddler, relatives unknown, never married, came from old country, adm. Jan 14, 1936 by C.J. JOhnson, superintendent. Dead

Cora gorden, widow, 65 years on June 2, dau of Smith and Marie Buitt, adm. by C.W. Johnson May 15, 1937. Dead

Henry Colman, widower, machinist, b Illinois May 17, 1870, son of Joe Colman and Emly Johnson, admitted to county farm by C.W. Johnson Sept 8, 1937

Charles F. Allen, laborer, single, b 1868 Mephis Tenn., son of Alfred B. Allen (b KY) and Frances Naskue (b Tenn) admitted Oct 9 1933, died March 4, 1934

Walker Johnson, adm. Nov 13, 1933, laborer, b Aug 3, 1865, husband of Dollie Johnson, son of Jasper Johnson and Sally Mezo

Anna Jane Scott, adm. March 17, 1934, b. April 30, 1877 Hamilton Co, IL, dau of John Dyle (b IL) and Mary James (v IL)

W.E. Hardisty, b FEB 8, 1860, laborer, married, wife of Rosie Scott, son of J.B. Hardisty and Marget Morse, ad. Jan 5, 1935 by Tom Ritcheson, Mayberry Twp, died FEB 5, 1935

William Hunt, adm. June 29, 1927, remitted Aug 15, 1939, laborer, b Nov 29, 1881, son of William Hunt and Fannie Dotson

Paul Ellott, adm. Nov 1, 1937, b Nov 8, 1930 Hamilton Co, IL, son of Frank Ellott and Ellen Clark

John Ross, adm. Aug 15, 1939, laborer, b FEB 17, 1872 Mead Co, KY, son of Jim Ross and Julyan Cammerns

Charles E. Hughes, laborer, single, b Sept 1, 1887 Galliton Co, IL son of William E. and Elizabeth Hughes, adm Oct 15, 1942, McLeansboro, Ray Superintendent.

H.T.V. Vickers, widower, husband of Dora Hurleston, laborer, b June 6, 1854 Hamilton Co, IL, son of John H. Vickers and june Mayberry, adm. Jan 5 1935 by Tom Richerson, Mayberry Twp., admitted second time by C.W. Johnson March 5, 1937, died June 29, 1939

J.W. Brandon, adm. July 10. 1935 in Fort Kansas, laborer, son of George Brandon (b Georgia) and Martha Brandon (b White Co, TN). Dead

Earl Thurston, b Coles Co, IL, present home Boone Co., MO, admitted Oct 7, 1935 by C.W. Johnson, widower, husband of Sine Printor, son of T.W. and Mattie Thurston.

Fred Strotter, b 1907 Hamilton Co, IL, adm. Oct 25, 1935, laborer, son of Otto and Mary Trotter

George Aydt, widower, laborer, b Dec 2, 1884, son of Alphous Aydt and Mary Allcock, admitted Nov 22, 1938 by L.E. Cross, Dahlgren, IL, superintendent

Otto Proctor, single, laborer, b Nov. 17, 1886, son of John Proctor and Mary Redmond, admitted Jan 23, 1939 by Marshel Litle, superintendent Beaver Creek Twp., died March 10, 1959

Mason Hines, received June 5, 1949, died April 1, 1940, b Oct 3, 1875, farmer, widower, son of Lascenal Hines and Martha Wheat, adm. by Ralph Tate, supervisor So. Flannigan Twp

William Hoffman (Hoppman), farmer, single, b. March 15, 1876 Musaurca County, son of John Hoffmann (HUppman) and Augusta Huffman, admitted March 7, 1941 by L.E. Cross, Dahlgren, Ill., superintendent.

Amelia Huppman, housekeeper, single, 59, b Dayton, OH, admitted Sept 7, 1938 by L.E. Cross, Dahlgren, IL, superintendent

William McLind, b FEB 25, 1890, laborer, married, husband of Gertie Bond, son of Ottis McDaniel and Sarah Figerals, admitted by C.W. JOhnson, superintendent of McLeansboro Twp, Oct 22, 1938

Ernest Nalley, laborer, b. Hamilton co, Jan 5, 1886, married, son of Earl Nalley and Rhilean Denton, admitted March 21, 1939 by Sup. Audal Ray, McLeansboro Twp. Dead

Ramon W. Hunt, b May 2, 1906, married, laborer, husband of Bertha SMith, son of Frank F. Hunt and Cora Murphy, admitted by John Flatty, superintendent Crook Twp., Jan 28, 1943, re-instated to county farm Sept 12, 1946.

F.N. Nipper, admitted April 17, 1944 by John Flaly Crook Twp., b April 22, 1872 Hamilton Co, IL, widower, farmer, health bad, husband of Arletta Nance Nipper, son of Jake Nipper and Sarah Davis, dead 1944.

John Hines, b July 18, 1807 Hamilton Co, single, laborer, son of Nathaniel Hines (b Tenn) and Martha Wheat (b Tenn)

John Kohl, single, date of birth unknown, b Evansville, Ind., laborer, son of Martin Kohl (b Germany) and Margaret Fultz (b Germany) died Nov 26, 1933.

George Lawrence, divorced, b April 23, 1862, farmer, son of Austin Lawrence (b New York City, NY) and Louisie Talley (b Hamilton co, IL)

Albert Miller, married, husband of Celeslie Arterbry, carpenter, b Dec 1, 1882 Hamilton Co, IL., son of W.J. Miller (b OH) and Alisy Spence (b Jackson Co., IL) sent to Anna Jan 16, 1931 for treatment.

Thomas Hardesty, farmer, b June 15, 1855, widower, husband of Mary J. Vickers, b May 5, 1854, son of Chester Hardesty (b IL) died FEB 11, 1936

Joe Kohl, laborer, married, husband of Haley Kohl, b Dec 4, 1854 Wayne Co., IL, son of Margaret Fultz (b Germany) died Nov 26, 1933

W.L. Schell, widowed, husband of Ella Schell, b May 17, age 71, son of Carl Schell and Mollie Anderson (b Wayne Co., IL) discharged by county board

Marchelus Bowers, married, husband of Lula Bowers, b May 7, 1859, son of Marion Bowers (b Tenn) and Polly Dale (b Hamilton Co., IL) admitted Oct 13, 1931

Felix Allen, single, farmer, date of birth unknown, son of Jake Allen (b Hamilton Co, IL) and Louie Allen (b Hamilton Co., IL), found dead Jan 2, 1933

General Darnill, laborer, age unknown, son of Jackson Danill and Mary Lamply, admitted June 14, 1934

Lola Bowers, admitted Oct 9, 1939 and Oct 13, 193_, married, b White Co., IL., birthdate unknown, daughter of Joseph Metcalf (b Ind) and Liza J. Upton (b Hamilton Co., IL) Dead

Francis Marion Clark, b 1865 Hamilton co, IL, married to Alice Mearl (daughter of Thomas Mearl) son of William Clark (b Hamilton Co., IL) and Nancy Clark (b Hamilton Co, IL) admitted Nov 13, 1932, discharged to Newt Clark, FEB 12, 1936. Dead

Ernest Adams, admitted FEB 8, 1932, b Chicago, IL., April 12, 1878, single, laborer, son of John Adams and Mary Blone (b Chicago, Cook Co, IL), discharged

Charles Davis, 25, admitted July 8, son of Edward Davis and Susan Davis of Home Brookling, NY, aunt Mary Davis, uncle John Davis, discharged.

Francis Marion Ellott, b Hamilton Co., IL. May 28, 1926, son of Frank Ellott and Eliza Clark, admitted Jan 8, 1937

James Ray Ellott, b Jan 29, 1928 Hamilton Co, IL, son of Frank Ellott and Eliza Clark, admitted Jan 8. 1937 by Ray Page, supervisor Knights Prairie Twp

John Perry, widowed second time Anna Perry, Aug 27, 1934, born FEB 14, 1851, farmhand for J.C. Stull, son of Tom Gibbs and Margaret Perry

F.M. Perry, divorced, ex-husband of Leona Perry, b Sept 20, 1858 in Hamilton county, laborer, son of Abraham Perry (b Tenn) and Bassha Trammel (b IL) Remitted to county farm July 7, 1933 by C.A. Mitchell, supt. Died June 23, 1934

Louis L. Bickley, married, b c. 1847, farmer and railroader, b Indiana, son of Joe Bickley (b France) and Elizabeth Nations (b ILL)

John Henry Bonner, widower, b Oct 22, 1849, farmer, b White Co., IL, son of John Bonner and Sarah Nelson (b White Co., IL)

Willie Hines

Thomas McGilley, single b FEB 23, 1856 in Hamilton Co., IL, farmer, son of James McGilley (b Ireland) and Mary Anderson (b Hamilton Co, IL) admitted to Anna Hospital March 12, 1931

Joseph Munsell, married, husband of Josephine Munsell, b Sept 6, 1853 in Hamilton Co, IL, farmer, son of Ira Munsell (b Vermont) and Martha Ballard (b VA) Died March 9, 1932 at 5 o'clock in the morning

L.E. Foster, married, husband of Mary Foster, b June 19, 1852 in Hamilton Co, IL, farmer, son of Samuel Foster (b Sangamon Co, IL) and Delilah Schoolcraft (b IL)

Joe Snyder, married husband of Ann Snyder, b March 27, 1856 in Hamilton Co, IL farmer, son of William Snyder and Polly Ann

Hiram B. Tate, widower, husband of Elizabeth Tate, b June 3, 1858 in Saline County, IL, farmer, son of JOhn V. Tate and Melinda Kasky (b Ireland)

Charlie Micks, divorced, ex-husband of Eliza Micks, b. Oct 19, 1861 White Co, IL, farmer, son of Charle Micks (b Tenn) and Delilah Huffstuttler (b Hamilton Co). Died

Helen Clagg, widow, wife of Gilbert Clagg, b March 10, 1904 in Indiana, housewife and upholsterer, daughter of HOmer Bechtel and ___ Priest (b. KY)

Homer Pembleton, b. Sept 2, 1921 in Indiana, son of Frank Pembleton (b Indiana) and Helen Bechtel (b Indiana)

Charles Pembleton, b FEB 22. 1024 in Indiana, son of Frank Pembleton (b Indiana) and Helen Bechtel (b Indiana)

Lucille Clagg, b. Dec 11, 1925 Charleston, MO, son of Gilbert Clagg (b Illinois) and Helen Bechtel (b Indiana)

Clarence Clagg, b. Jan 22, 1927 Indiana, son of Gilbert Clagg (b Illinois) and Helen Bechtel (b Indiana)

W.L. "Bill" Judgson, b FEB 19, 1878, 67 years old, widower, son of Gran Jurgans and Amandy Bruss, admitted by Victor Savage, Beaver Creek Twp, Oct 2, 1945, died April 22, 1946

Joe Gray, laborer, single, b Sept 1, 1877, son of Bazle Gray and Julia A. Hicks, admitted Nov 18, 1940 by George Capps, Flannigan Twp, Supt.

George Bouswell, single, b 1873 Maine, father nad mother unknown, admitted March 16, 1941 by Paul Baker, Flannigan Twp, dead.

Arthur Paynor, single, laborer, b FEB 15, 1888, son of Stoyler Poyner and Mary Jane Hedge, admitted Oct 16, 1941 by Paul Baker, superintendent Flannigan Twp., dead.

L.E. Bricker, single, painter, b Jan 20, 1881, son of Charles Bricker and Carlene Townsen, admitted Jan 30, 1947 by Riley Mangis, sup., died FEB 20, 1947

Louyis Knight, admitted Dec 9, 1948 by Rollie Mangis, supt., died June 5, 1949, single, laborer, son of Jass Knight and Alvia Knight, b. Jenesville, OH, Nov 1884.

James H. Brown, single, printer, admitted June 2, 1949 by John Lockwood, supt. McLeansboro Twp., b June 10, 1872, no relatives.

Effie Miller, single, deaf and dumb, b Hamilton Co., Ill., age about 50, daughter of Samuel Miller, mother unknown, admitted May 5, 1942 by county judge George Hogan.

Della Miller, single, 52 deaf and dumb, b Hamilton Co., Ill., daughter of Samuel Miller

Frank Wallace, single, harness maker, b. Saluvine, Ind., Aug 19, 1862, son of Joe E. Wallace and Kate Sheekia, admitted Jan. 9, 1843 by Any Ray, supt. McLeansboro Twp, died July 25, 1945

Chris Mayberry, farmer, married, b FEB 26, 1887, son of Teb Mayberry and Eliza Riley, husband of Eva Mayberry, admitted by Rolla Mangis May 24, 1946.

Committee on the Poor and Poor Farm Members:
W.L. Snyder 1899-1902
C.M. Hall 1899-1900
W.H. Gray 1899-1900
A.M. Grigg 1900-1902
R.H. Williams 1900
D.R. Poyner 1901
H.T. Rankin 1902
John Allen 1902, 1914
Allis Zachman 1903-1905
Lawrence Smith 1903-1904
W.E. Burnett 1903-1904
Matthew McMahan 1904-1905
B.F. Witters 1904-1907, 1910
Thomas Ellis 1905
Perry S. Lee 1905
James Rockett 1906-1907
Z.W. Graff 1906-1907
J.H. Mageneck 1907-1910
M.T. Morris 1907-1901
F.M. Shuster 1908-1909, 1917
R.L. Malone 1909
Roy Summers 1910
D.H. Knight - 1911-1914
G.W. Carr 1911-1913
C.A. Barron 1911-1912
W.D. Jones 1912-1913
J.C. Mezo 1913-1914
George Stich 1914-1916
George Walker 1914-11915
A.B. Irvin 1915
F.P. Hunt 1915-1917
J.F. Mcarthy 1916-1918
M.F. Bowers 1916-1917
O.B. Wittern 1917-1918
J.M. Lee 1917-1918
G.F. Walker 1918
John I. Webb 1918




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