Residents of the Lewis County N.Y. Poor House in 1860


The census of the residents of the Lewis County Poor House, located in the Town of Lowville, was filed July 17, 1860. The keeper of the poor house was Warren White, who resided in the same building as the poor house. At the time of the reading there were 39 residents, of which 8 were children aged 11 and under, 14 were aged 60 and over (about 36%), 5 adults were classified as "insane," 3 adults were classified as "idiotic," and 1 was "blind." A total of 17 claimed foreign birth (close to 44%) and 5 (about 13%) claimed birth in New England. 18 residents were female, 21 male. The turnaround of the population since the 1850 poor house census was almost total, although four female residents were still in residence. Few 1860 residents would have been able to contribute much to the economic self-sufficiency of the poor house.

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 - 1860
Name Age Occupation Place of Birth Status
WHITE Warren 40 Keeper of County House
Real Estate $750
Personal Estate $2,000
NY
WHITE Mariah L 39
Ohio
WHITE Louisa L 12
NY attended school
DOUD Jane V 18 Domestic NY attended school
MERCER Joseph 75
France
MORRON Mary 50
Ireland Insane
can't read or write
HERNING Henry 68
Germany
BARNO(?) Nettie 40
Germany
SCHLICHTING Charles 69
Germany
ZESLIN Andrew J 5
NY
PEELER Hannah 23
NY
PEELER Lewis 1
NY
PETERS Peter 46
France
LEGO Mary M 25
NY
LEBEIRSHINDON(?) Doratha 50
Germany
POST Nathan 65
Connecticut
MOORE Patrick 60
Ireland
LEGO Infant male 7 months
NY
CONNER William 88
Ireland
CRAIG Cristina 32
Germany Insane
BARTON Oliver 87
Ireland Insane
MUNNEY Michael 45
Ireland Blind
can't read or write
SWART Mary 85
NY
HIGBY Martha 50
NY Insane
can't read or write
DUPUISTER Mary28 see 1850 poor house NY Idiotic
can't read or write
LOVE Betsy 76
NY
BISHOP Phebe 35see 1850 poor house NY Idiotic
can't read or write
DOODEY Daniel 36
Ireland
SLEETINGS(?) Riley/Giles(?) 65
Connecticut can't read or write
POOLER Harriet 57
Connecticut
DUNELEY Joseph 82
Massachusetts
ALGER Hannah 73 see 1850 poor house Connecticut
MOORE Louisa 63
France
RYLE Charles 1
NY
STAFFORD Orcis 29 this is a male NY Idiotic
can't read or write
WOODCOCK Mary 28
NY
WOODCOCK Barntha(?) 6 this is a female NY
STEPHENS Barbary 32
Germany Insane
STEPHENS Henry 2
NY
MONEY Margaret 56see 1850 poor house France
DIXON Frances 60 this is a male Ireland
DIXON Thomas 11
NY attended school
DIXON Emily 1
NY


The families listed below appear on the same census sheets as the poor house (Dwelling #492, Famliy #491).
They're being posted here in hopes that they'll help someone.

Appearing before the poor house listings, page 59 on the original census

Dwelling #485, Family #484
BANNON William, 57, farmer, real estate $400, personal estate $100, b. NY
Mary A., 45, b. NY
Alza E., 22, b. NY
Mary J., 19, b. NY
Arvila(?) 14, female, b. NY, attended school

Dwelling #486, Family #485
LYMAN Hamilton, 28, farmer, b. NY
Lucinda 24, b. NY
Herbert S., 4, b. NY
Harlow, 11 months, b. NY

Dwelling #487, Family #486
MILLS Samuel, 43, farmer, real estate $1,000, personal estate $500, b. NY
Martha 43, real estate $3,000, b. NY
Norman F., 20, farmer, b. NY, attended school
Mary E., 19, b. NY, attended school
Howard, 17, farmer, b. NY, attended school
Fredrick, 15, farmer, b. NY, attended school
Antenett C., 6, b. NY, attended school
Martha F., 2, b. NY,
Alla, 8, female, b. NY, attended school

Dwelling #488, Family #487
MORSE Charles, 56, Shoemaker, b. Conn.
Lena, 54, b. NY

Dwelling #489, Familly #488
SACHER(?) Armonius, 57, farmer, real estate $5,000, personal estate $1200, b. (scribbled, can't decipher)
Nancy, 47, b. (ditto from unreadable location)
James, 17, farmer, b. (ditto from unreadable location), attended school
Emily, 10, b. (ditto from unreadable location), attended school

Dwelling #490, Family #489
VOSBURG Richard, 64, farmer, real estate $2,000, personal estate $600, b. NY
Polly, 56, b. NY
GLOSIER James, 16, farmer, b. NY, attended school

Dwelling #491, Family #490
HAMPSON Horace C., 36, farmer, real estate $2,500, personal estate $1,000, b. NY
Harriett C., 35, b. NY
GLOSIER Emily, 19, domestic, b. NY
BLEYMON George, 18, b. NY

Appearing after the poor house listings, page 60 on the original census

Dwelling #493, Family #492
GOUDY/GOUDRY(?) Norman, 59, farmer, real estate $15,000, personal estate $3,000, b. Mass.
Julia, 58, b. Mass.
Olive, 26, teacher Con'll(?), b. NY
Martha A., 20, b. NY, attended school
Julia A., 19, b. NY, attended school
WINTH Jacob, 22, farm laborer, b. Germany
WAREX(?) Michael, 29, farm laborer, b. Switzerland (continued at top of page 61)


Source: This electronic text was transcribed from original microfilm of the 1860 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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