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Bristol County History of Asylums


WARREN ASYLUM about 1880

The Warren Asylum at Warren, Bristol, Rhoda Island was under the care of 32 year old Wm J McQuire in the 1880ís.  William was born in about 1848 in Rhode Island, as were his parents.  He lived there with his 31 year old wife, Martha A (Albro), who was born from Rhode Island born parents in 1849, and their son Elisha A who was 9 years old, having been born about 1879.  Elisha was born in Rhode Island as his parents.  Marthaís single 30 year old (born about 1850) brother, John P Albro also lived there, helping and doing farm labor.  Employeed as a domestic servant was Sarah B Livesey, a native of Rhode Island.  She was born about 1841 and a divorcee.

Inmates living at the Warren Asylum:

Wm. H Carr, aged 55 (born abt 1825 in Rhode Island)

Edward Cogins, age 13 (born abt 1867 in Rhode Island)

John Derbyshire, age 76 (born abt 1804 in England from English parents).  He was married.

Wm Luther, age 75 (born abt 1805 in Rhode Island). He was married.

Samuel Pearce, age70 (born abt 1810 in Rhode Island).  He was a widower. 

TOWN ASYLUM about 1880

In the 1880ís the Town Asylum at Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island was operated and maintained by Hiram B Monroe.  He lived on the premises with his wife Mary.  He was born about 1819 and Mary about 1824.  They were both born in the state of Rhode Island, as their parents had been.

Inmates living at the Town Asylum include:

Johanna Greene, widow, age 96 (born abt 1784 in Rhode Island, as where her parents).

Bridget Maguire, married, age 55 (born abt 1825 in Ireland , like her parents).

Edward Taylor, divorced, age 52 (born abt 1828 in Rhode Island, as his parents).

Saml. Wells, single age 20 (born abt 1860 in Rhode Island from Rhode Island born parents).

Sarrah A White, single, age 74 (born abt 1806 in Rhode Island, like her parents).  

THEN IN 1888 

Rhode Island. Bristol's Neglected Poor Farm (News Article)

Date: 1888-07-21; Paper: Springfield Republican 


Bristol is constantly furnishing a topic for commiseration since the close of the National rubber works several months ago turned several hundreds of operatives out of work in the dead of winter.  It was too much of a load for any one town to carry; the laborers were not paid the wages due them and municipal jealousy shut out adequate aid from outside sources.  Now the complaint has been made that the inmates of the poor farm are improperly fed, and are neglected in a most criminal manner.  The stories told were of a most revolting nature, and at last stirred up the town council to visit the asylum-but not before the keeper had in some way been warned of their approach.  He hastened to straighten things up but the councilmen found enough to bear out all they had been told.  The blankets were foul, the beds without sheets, and a member of the council remarked, not a fit place for a dog to sleep.  The inmates say that while milk and eggs were raised in generous quantities they seldom have them, and scarcely ever taste meat.  The overseer says that trifles have been magnified, but admits that things are not as they should have been, and the inmates of neighboring farm-houses testify that this state of affairs has been going on for a great while, and believe a new overseer should be appointed. 

Submitted by Kathleen Hamman