Residents of the Montgomery County Poor House in 1850


The census of the residents of the Montgomery County Poor House, located in the Town of Glen, was filed August 27, 1850, and taken by Wm. M. Hill. Mr. Fox was under contract to care for the poor on his large property. Residents included the aged, displaced immigrants, the disabled, widows and orphans, mothers with dependent children, the mentally ill, ne'er-do-wells, and people just down on their luck. 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."

The reader is hereby "put on notice" that William Hill's handwriting and spelling were both atrocious. I've made a literal transcription, letter for letter. Where I'm fairly sure he spelled a name incorrectly I've put "sp". Where I'm totally in the dark I've noted so with a "?". He had difficulty attempting a spelling for the foreign born, probably due to their accents, as well as the illiterate who could not assist him. Many Glen researchers have had, or will have, the occasion to attempt to decipher Mr. Hill's handwriting and spelling. I would welcome anyone reading the original census rolls to send in corrections or new interpretations.

RESIDENTS OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY POOR HOUSE - 1850
NameAgeOccupationPlace of BirthStatus
FOX, Volket
51
Poor Housekeeper (sp)
N York
value of real estate $8,000
FOX, Margaret
49

N York

FOX, Catherine
21

N York

FOX, Mariah; female
19

N York

FOX, Sarah
17

N York

FOX, Jane
13

N York
attended school in last year
FOX, Mary
9

N York
attended school in last year
BENNETT, Elsey (sp)
22

N York

MILLER, Hannah
31

N York
pauper
COUYNE (sp), Simon
44
laborer
N York
pauper
HELMER, Joseph
60
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
HAMBLIN, Martin(?)
67
weaver
Germany
pauper
COLEMAN, Flora
16

N York
pauper
VAN/ VAU/ VALE(?), James
26
laborer
N York
pauper
FANCHER, Dianah(?); female
19

N York
pauper
DISMAN(?), John
33
none
N York
idiotic; cannot read or write
WISEMAN, C.; male
49
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
GRIGGS, Christien (sp); female
44

N York
pauper
HOAG, Nahuley (sp); female
40

N York
pauper
FEEKS/ FELKS (sp), Wm.
18
laborer
N York
pauper
DINGMAN, Betsey
60

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
GAFNEY, F. or N. (?); male
50
laborer
Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
DINGMAN, Wm.
56
laborer
N York
pauper
GIPSON (sp)/ GISSON, Miss
60

N York
pauper
EMPIE, Catharine
24

N York
deaf
SYBLEY (sp), Benjamin
48
laborer
N York
pauper
PRIME, Catherine
40

N York
pauper
SIXBERRY, Benjamin
66
laborer
N York
idiotic; cannot read or write
DANEY/DAVEY (?), D.; male
50
laborer
N York
pauper
DANEY/DAVEY (?), Henry
8

N York
pauper
DANEY/DAVEY (?), Alonzo
6

N York
pauper
McCLODE (sp), Hiram
28
none
N York
idiotic; cannot read or write
WHEELER, Wm.
70
laborer
N York
pauper
LAMB, Elizabeth
80

N York
pauper
MARTIN, John
55
laborer
Ireland
pauper
CRAGG, Arther (sp)
36
laborer
Ireland
pauper
BLOOD, Sarah
65

N York
black; pauper; cannot read or write
CHAMBERS, Mary
64

N York
pauper
ECKER, Peter
68
laborer
N York
pauper
ECKER, Mary
65

N York
pauper
PENNEILL (?), Wm.
36
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
PENNEILL (?), Jane
34

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
PANNEL (?), Wm. Jun.
5

N York
pauper; The census taker started a new page with the son, with a different spelling attempt. Since both parents were illiterate he couldn't ask them. Perhaps it was not a common name in the area as he couldn't take a good guess at the spelling.
PANNEL (?), Deborah
3

N York
pauper
JOHNSON, Ben
66
none
N York
insane
CHANGER (sp), Nancy
21

N York
pauper
SCOTT, Joseph
44
laborer
N York
pauper
SHAY, James
25
laborer
Ireland
pauper; attended school
DINGMAN, Hanah (sp)
35

N York
pauper; attended school. For this and the above listing I am assuming that the census taker marked the wrong column and they cannot read or write.
SENETT (sp), James
40
painter
Ireland
pauper
LEWIS, Marquis
39
Laborer
N York
pauper; he definitely spelled it out for him!
NUTTY (sp), M.; male
40
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
NUTTY (sp), Jane
46

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
SHAW, Elizabeth
27

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
BOWERS, Hannah
41

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
RION (sp), Roger
50
laborer
Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
RIDER, Catherine
37

N York
pauper
LISDLE, Silus (sp)
29
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
LISDLE, Caroline
27

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
LISDLE, Silus (sp)
7

N York
pauper
LISDLE, Benjamin
6

N York
pauper
LISDLE, Cornelius
4

N York
pauper
LISDLE, Mariah
1

N York
pauper
PALMER, Ellen
16

N York
insane
SIVERS, Abner
36
laborer
Massachusetts
pauper
PALMATEIR (sp), C.; male
47
laborer
Connecticut
pauper
PALMATEIR, Mary
45

Connecticut
pauper
PALMATEIR, Jane
12

N York
pauper; attended school
HESS, Henry
45
tailor
N York
pauper
CHATTER (sp), Catharine
22

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
CHATTER, John
2

N York
pauper
CUTTER, Hannah
30

N York
pauper
CEISER (sp), Leonard
44
laborer
Germany
pauper; cannot read or write
CEISER, Elizabeth
38

Germany
pauper; cannot read or write
CEISER, George
9

N York
pauper
CEISER, Hannah
7

N York
pauper
CEISER, John
5

N York
pauper
CEISER, Mary
3

N York
pauper
BROWN, Moris (sp)
65
laborer
N York
black; pauper; cannot read or write
RILEY, Catherine
37

Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
RILEY, Mikel (sp)
12

Ireland
pauper
RILEY, John
10

Ireland
pauper
RILEY, Elizabeth
6

Ireland
pauper
RILEY, Thomas
4

Ireland
pauper
MARTIN, John
55
laborer
N York
pauper
JONES, John
40
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
WHEELING, Adam
27
laborer
Germany
pauper
MOYEN, John
25
laborer
N York
pauper
DUNIGLE, Margaret
34

Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
MARTIN, Wm.
65
laborer
N York
pauper
BROWN, John
54
laborer
Ireland
pauper
BROWN, Margaret
46

Ireland
pauper
RIVERS, Hellen (sp)
18

Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
CRAMER/ CRUMER (sp), H.; male
66
laborer
Germany
pauper
DUFFEY, Margaret
28

Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
QUAIK (?), Abraham
58
blacksmith
N York
insane
Van SLIKE, C.; male
55
laborer
N York
pauper
WARES(?), Charles
34
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
CLIFF, John
63
laborer
N York
pauper
FILIS (sp), Isaac
40
laborer
N York
pauper
GANALL (sp), Robert
36
laborer
Scotland
pauper
MANSON, James
35
laborer
Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
MANSON, Ann
30

Ireland
pauper; cannot read or write
MANSON, Martin
5

Ireland
pauper
MANSON, Mary
3

N York
pauper
MANSON, Ellen
3 mo

N York
pauper
MANSON, Clawrence (sp); male
4

N York
pauper
LAMB, John
45
laborer
England
pauper
DUNING, Francis
47
laborer
N York
pauper; cannot read or write
Van BUREN, Tobius (sp)
35
laborer

idiotic; cannot read or write
VEDDER, Catharine
64

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
VEDDER, Sarah
66

N York
pauper; cannot read or write
SAVAGE, James
61
laborer
N York
pauper



Source: This electronic text was transcribed from original microfilm of the 1850 US census by Martha S. Magill. Due to the difficulties in transcribing old and stylized handwriting, the original census should be referred to.
Copyright © 1997 Martha Magill


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