A Guide to the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists, 1800-1909 Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists APA 739

A Guide to the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists, 1800-1909

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Accession Number APA 739


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Accession Number
APA 739
Title
A Guide to the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists, 1800-1909
Extent
18.75 (36 boxes)
Creator
Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928)
Language
English

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Virginia. Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928). Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists, 1800-1909. Accession APA 739, State government records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

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Biographical Information

In 1780 the Virginia General Assembly replaced the Anglican vestries and church wardens of the colonial period with elected bodies called Overseers of the Poor. The Overseers of the Poor made policy, levied taxes, distributed public money, and dealt with the underprivileged as they thought best. Some counties build poor houses while others did not. The Overseers provided food, clothing, shelter, and medical treatment for the persons who were too poor to support themselves or too ill to provide for their basic needs. The Overseers took over the supervision of the poorhouses and workhouses built by the vestries and built new poorhouses and workhouses where they were needed. On 20 February 1829 the General Assembly passed an act requiring that the local clerks or agents responsible for the records of the Overseers of the Poor, or the President of the County Board of the Overseers of the Poor, to report their proceedings annually to the auditor of public accounts. The reporting period was retroactive to 1 January 1800. On 14 March 1910 the General Assembly repealed the sections of the Code of Virginia that required that the reports be sent annually to the auditor of public accounts, and no more reports were submitted after 1909.

Scope and Content

The Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists, 1800-1909, are housed in 36 boxes and are arranged alphabetically into two series. Series have been designated for Series I: Virginia Cities and Counties and Series II: West Virginia Cities and Counties. The Annual Reports and Checklists cover the years 1800-1864, 1871-1881, 1884-1907, and 1909.

The Annual Reports and Checklists include written reports and statistics on the number of poor whites and free blacks maintained at the public charge; the amount of poor rates levied annually for their support; the amount of donations for the use of the poor from individuals; number of poor maintained at poor or work houses with the annual expense of their maintenance; and sometimes minutes are included. Also noted are payments made for medical services, salaries of officers and clerks, midwives fees, and the building of coffins. Beginning in the late 1840s - early 1850s, more detailed information is included such as the names of the poor (white, free black, and slave), age, physical condition, length of time on assistance, reason for assistance needed, and morals. Reasons for the need of assistance ranged from being too old to work, health issues (blind, paralysis, tumors, rheumatism, consumption, deformities), mental illnesses, drug issues, children too young to work, single mothers with several children, and some were noted as just being 'lazy.' Sometimes notes are included if the person died, how they died and their death date. Of note, several counties wrote in-depth descriptions in their reports, such as Pittsylvania County in Virginia and Hardy County in West Virginia. Beginning in 1860 large oversize standard printed forms were provided and used by many of the counties, although several still created hand-written reports. The Overseer of the Poor Annual Reports and Checklists provides a wealth of information on the study of state and local social services, as well as providing genealogical information on a much under-represented group of people.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series I: Virginia Cities and Counties, 1800-1909 Series II: West Virginia Cities and Counties, 1800-1862

Contents List

Series I: Virginia, 1800-1909.
Boxes: 1-15; and 20-26; and 28-36
Extent: 30 boxes (15.75 cu. ft.).

The Virginia Cities and Counties Series, 1800-1909, is housed in thirty boxes and arranged alphabetically by city or county name. Included are written reports and statistics on the number of poor whites and free blacks maintained at the public charge; the amount of poor rates levied annually for their support; the amount of donations for the use of the poor from individuals; number of poor maintained at poor or work houses with the annual expense of their maintenance; and sometimes minutes are included. Also noted are payments made for medical services, salaries of officers and clerks, midwives fees, and the building of coffins. Beginning in the late 1840s - early 1850s, more detailed information is included such as the names of the poor (white, free black, and slave), age, physical condition, length of time on assistance, reason for assistance needed, and morals. Beginning in 1860 large oversize standard printed forms were provided and used by many of the counties, although several still created hand-written reports. Many of these printed forms were gathered and bound into nine ledgers, dating from 1877 to 1907. A ledger, Receipt account for Various Counties, does not contain reports but rather just an administrative ledger noting if reports were received from the counties for the years 1846 to 1852.

Arranged alphabetically by city or county name and then chronological. Oversize materials were separated and placed in oversize boxes though everything is listed in chronological order in the finding aid. Researchers should pay special attention to note the box numbers.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Accomack County, 1831-1847.
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Accomack County, 1851-1865.
  • Box 20
    Folder 1
    Accomack County [oversize], 1829, 1876-1877, 1879, 1881, 1909.
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Albemarle County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 20
    Folder 2
    Albemarle County [oversize], 1851-1856.
  • Box 20
    Folder 3
    Albemarle County [oversize], 1860-1864, 1874, 1876, 1879-1880.
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Alexandria, 1849.
  • Box 20
    Folder 4
    Alexandria [oversize], 1851-1852.
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Alleghany County, 1824-1849.
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    Alleghany County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 20
    Folder 5
    Alleghany County [oversize], 1875-1879.
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    Amelia County, 1800-1835, 1840-1845, 1851-1853, 1860, 1863.
  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    Amherst County, 1829-1839, 1845-1849, 1851-1852.
  • Box 20
    Folder 6
    Amherst County [oversize], 1860, 1863.
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    Appomattox County, 1851.
  • Box 20
    Folder 7
    Appomattox County [oversize], 1875, 1877.
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    Augusta County, 1835-1836, 1840-1845.
  • Box 20
    Folder 8
    Augusta County [oversize], 1829, 1852-1859.
  • Box 20
    Folder 9
    Augusta County [oversize], 1860-1861, 1863-1864, 1874-1875, 1877, 1879.
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    Bath County, 1829-1851, 1875.
  • Box 21
    Folder 1
    Bath County [oversize], 1874, 1876, 1878.
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    Bedford County, 1829-1851, 1860.
  • Box 21
    Folder 2
    Bedford County [oversize], 1875-1876, 1879.
  • Box 21
    Folder 3
    Bland County [oversize], 1863, 1875-1877, 1880.
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    Botetourt County, 1800-1851, 1856.
  • Box 21
    Folder 4
    Botetourt County [oversize], 1861, 1875-1876, 1880-1881.
  • Box 2
    Folder 4
    Brunswick County, 1800-1852, 1860.
  • Box 21
    Folder 5
    Brunswick County [oversize], 1876-1881.
  • Box 21
    Folder 6
    Buchanan County [oversize], 1860-1861, 1863, 1876, 1878.
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    Buckingham County, 1831-1851, 1863.
  • Box 21
    Folder 7
    Buckingham County [oversize], 1829, 1860, 1875, 1879.
  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    Campbell County, 1800-1852, 1859-1860.
  • Box 21
    Folder 8
    Campbell County [oversize], 1862-1863.
  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    Caroline County, 1800-1856, 1860.
  • Box 21
    Folder 9
    Caroline County [oversize], 1894.
  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    Carroll County, 1843-1859.
  • Box 21
    Folder 10
    Carroll County [oversize], 1860-1861, 1863, 1879.
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Charles City County, 1811-1845.
  • Box 21
    Folder 11
    Charles City County [oversize], 1850-1861, 1877-1878.
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Charlotte County, 1829-1849.
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    Charlotte County, 1851-1863.
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    Chesterfield County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    Chesterfield County, 1851-1864.
  • Box 21
    Folder 12
    Chesterfield County [oversize], 1878-1880.
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    Clarke County, 1837-1852, 1876.
  • Box 21
    Folder 13
    Clarke County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    Craig County, 1851-1852, 1860.
  • Box 21
    Folder 14
    Craig County [oversize], 1894, 1909.
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    Culpeper County, 1800-1857, 1874-1875.
  • Box 21
    Folder 15
    Culpeper County [oversize], 1876-1877, 1880-1881.
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    Cumberland County, 1829-1849.
  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    Cumberland County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 3
    Folder 11
    Danville, 1859-1860.
  • Box 3
    Folder 12
    Dinwiddie County, 1800-1846.
  • Box 3
    Folder 13
    Dinwiddie County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 22
    Folder 1
    Dinwiddie County [oversize], 1871, 1879-1880.
  • Box 4
    Folder 1
    Elizabeth City County, 1820-1860.
  • Box 22
    Folder 2
    Elizabeth City County [oversize], 1876-1877, 1880.
  • Box 4
    Folder 2
    Essex County, 1800-1851.
  • Box 22
    Folder 3
    Essex County [oversize], 1860, 1876-1879.
  • Box 4
    Folder 3
    Fairfax County, 1800-1851.
  • Box 22
    Folder 4
    Fairfax County [oversize], 1860, 1871, 1873, 1875-1877.
  • Box 4
    Folder 4
    Fauquier County, 1829-1851.
  • Box 22
    Folder 5
    Fauquier County [oversize], 1874.
  • Box 4
    Folder 5
    Floyd County, 1832-1849.
  • Box 4
    Folder 6
    Floyd County, 1850-1859.
  • Box 22
    Folder 6
    Floyd County [oversize], 1860, 1863-1864, 1872-1880.
  • Box 4
    Folder 7
    Fluvanna County, 1800-1860.
  • Box 22
    Folder 7
    Fluvanna County [oversize], 1873-1876.
  • Box 4
    Folder 8
    Franklin County, 1800-1855.
  • Box 22
    Folder 8
    Franklin County [oversize], 1860-1861, 1871, 1873, 1875-1876.
  • Box 4
    Folder 9
    Frederick County, 1800-1853.
  • Box 22
    Folder 9
    Frederick County [oversize], 1871-1875, 1877, 1881, 1894.
  • Box 4
    Folder 10
    Fredericksburg, 1830-1853.
  • Box 22
    Folder 10
    Fredericksburg [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 4
    Folder 11
    Giles County, 1806-1849.
  • Box 4
    Folder 12
    Giles County, 1850-1859.
  • Box 22
    Folder 11
    Giles County [oversize], 1860-1861.
  • Box 5
    Folder 1
    Gloucester County, 1800-1851.
  • Box 22
    Folder 12
    Gloucester County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 5
    Folder 2
    Goochland County, 1800-1861, 1863.
  • Box 5
    Folder 3
    Grayson County, 1800-1864.
  • Box 22
    Folder 13
    Grayson County [oversize], 1860, 1876, 1878-1881.
  • Box 5
    Folder 4
    Greene County, 1838-1860.
  • Box 5
    Folder 5
    Greensville County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 5
    Folder 6
    Greensville County, 1850-1861.
  • Box 5
    Folder 7
    Halifax County, 1800-1850, 1860.
  • Box 22
    Folder 14
    Halifax County [oversize], 1851-1853, 1876, 1879.
  • Box 5
    Folder 8
    Hanover County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 5
    Folder 9
    Hanover County, 1850-1860, 1864.
  • Box 5
    Folder 10
    Henrico County, 1839-1850, 1855-1860.
  • Box 22
    Folder 15
    Henrico County [oversize], 1829, 1851-1855, 1861-1864.
  • Box 22
    Folder 16
    Henrico County [oversize], 1875-1878, 1880.
  • Box 5
    Folder 11
    Henry County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 6
    Folder 1
    Henry County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 22
    Folder 17
    Henry County [oversize], 1861, 1875.
  • Box 6
    Folder 2
    Highland County, 1847-1857.
  • Box 22
    Folder 18
    Highland County [oversize], 1876, 1881.
  • Box 6
    Folder 3
    Isle of Wight County, 1802-1849.
  • Box 6
    Folder 4
    Isle of Wight County, 1850-1857, 1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 1
    Isle of Wight County [oversize], 1859, 1877, 1879, 1880.
  • Box 6
    Folder 5
    James City County, 1800-1860.
  • Box 6
    Folder 6
    King George County, 1800-1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 2
    King George County [oversize], 1861, 1877, 1879-1880.
  • Box 6
    Folder 7
    King and Queen County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 6
    Folder 8
    King and Queen County, 1850-1857, 1874-1875.
  • Box 23
    Folder 3
    King and Queen County [oversize], 1859-1860, 1876-1878, 1880, 1894.
  • Box 6
    Folder 9
    King William County, 1815-1849.
  • Box 6
    Folder 10
    King William County, 1851-1864.
  • Box 6
    Folder 11
    Lancaster County, 1816-1835.
  • Box 23
    Folder 4
    Lancaster County [oversize], 1851-1861, 1877-1878, 1909.
  • Box 7
    Folder 1
    Lee County, 1812-1847, 1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 5
    Lee County [oversize], 1880.
  • Box 7
    Folder 2
    Loudoun County, 1800-1853.
  • Box 23
    Folder 6
    Loudoun County [oversize], 1876-1877.
  • Box 7
    Folder 3
    Louisa County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 7
    Folder 4
    Louisa County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 7
    Louisa County [oversize], 1852, 1859, 1861, 1863.
  • Box 7
    Folder 5
    Lunenburg County, 1812-1849.
  • Box 7
    Folder 6
    Lunenburg County, 1851-1859.
  • Box 23
    Folder 8
    Lunenburg County [oversize], 1861, 1863, 1876-1878, 1880-1881, 1909.
  • Box 23
    Folder 9
    Lynchburg [oversize], 1800-1829.
  • Box 7
    Folder 7
    Lynchburg City, 1830-1856.
  • Box 7
    Folder 8
    Madison County, 1800-1851.
  • Box 23
    Folder 10
    Madison County [oversize], 1860, 1876.
  • Box 8
    Folder 1
    Mathews County, 1816-1857.
  • Box 23
    Folder 11
    Mathews County [oversize], 1860, 1876.
  • Box 23
    Folder 12
    Mecklenburg County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1852, 1853, 1876, 1879-1881, 1884.
  • Box 8
    Folder 2
    Mecklenburg County, 1840-1851, 1854, 1862-1864.
  • Box 8
    Folder 3
    Middlesex County, 1800-1852.
  • Box 23
    Folder 13
    Middlesex County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 8
    Folder 4
    Montgomery County, 1810-1856, 1861.
  • Box 23
    Folder 14
    Montgomery County [oversize], 1860, 1880.
  • Box 8
    Folder 5
    Nansemond County, 1818-1849.
  • Box 8
    Folder 6
    Nansemond County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 15
    Nansemond County [oversize], 1876-1877, 1879-1881, 1909.
  • Box 8
    Folder 7
    Nelson County, 1807-1849.
  • Box 8
    Folder 8
    Nelson County, 1850-1855.
  • Box 23
    Folder 16
    Nelson County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 8
    Folder 9
    New Kent County, 1800-1841.
  • Box 23
    Folder 17
    New Kent County [oversize], 1876.
  • Box 8
    Folder 10
    Norfolk City, 1842-1851.
  • Box 9
    Folder 1
    Norfolk County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 9
    Folder 2
    Norfolk County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 18
    Norfolk County [oversize], 1853-1855, 1875, 1879.
  • Box 9
    Folder 3
    Northampton County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 9
    Folder 4
    Northampton County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 23
    Folder 19
    Northampton County [oversize], 1860, 1878.
  • Box 9
    Folder 5
    Northumberland County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 9
    Folder 6
    Northumberland County, 1850-1859.
  • Box 23
    Folder 20
    Northumberland County [oversize], 1876, 1879, 1909.
  • Box 23
    Folder 21
    Nottoway County [oversize], 1807-1829.
  • Box 9
    Folder 7
    Nottoway County, 1830-1851.
  • Box 9
    Folder 8
    Orange County, 1800-1839.
  • Box 10
    Folder 1
    Orange County, 1840-1851.
  • Box 10
    Folder 2
    Page County, 1831-1853.
  • Box 24
    Folder 1
    Page County [oversize], 1875.
  • Box 10
    Folder 3
    Patrick County, 1800-1858.
  • Box 24
    Folder 2
    Patrick County [oversize], 1875-1876, 1880.
  • Box 10
    Folder 4
    Petersburg City, 1800-1854.
  • Box 10
    Folder 5
    Pittsylvania County, 1800-1849, 1851, 1855-1856.
  • Box 24
    Folder 3
    Pittsylvania County [oversize], 1850, 1852-1855, 1858-1859, 1861, 1863.
  • Box 24
    Folder 4
    Portsmouth [oversize], 1876.
  • Box 10
    Folder 6
    Powhatan County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 10
    Folder 7
    Powhatan County, 1850-1864.
  • Box 24
    Folder 5
    Powhatan County [oversize], 1874-1877.
  • Box 10
    Folder 8
    Prince Edward County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 10
    Folder 9
    Prince Edward County, 1850-1861, 1877.
  • Box 24
    Folder 6
    Prince Edward County [oversize], 1863, 1875, 1877-1878.
  • Box 11
    Folder 1
    Prince George County, 1830-1849.
  • Box 11
    Folder 2
    Prince George County, 1850-1851, 1858-1859, 1875 bond.
  • Box 24
    Folder 7
    Prince George County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1857, 1860, 1863.
  • Box 24
    Folder 8
    Prince George County [oversize], 1875, 1877-1881.
  • Box 11
    Folder 3
    Prince William County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 11
    Folder 4
    Prince William County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 24
    Folder 9
    Prince William County [oversize], 1874, 1879.
  • Box 11
    Folder 5
    Princess Anne County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 11
    Folder 6
    Princess Anne County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 24
    Folder 10
    Princess Anne County [oversize], 1859-1860, 1877, 1879.
  • Box 11
    Folder 7
    Pulaski County, 1849-1852, 1859.
  • Box 24
    Folder 11
    Pulaski County [oversize], 1875-1877, 1880, 1894.
  • Box 11
    Folder 8
    Rappahannock County, 1834-1845.
  • Box 11
    Folder 9
    Rappahannock County, 1851-1863.
  • Box 24
    Folder 12
    Rappahannock County [oversize], 1880.
  • Box 11
    Folder 10
    Richmond City, 1818-1849.
  • Box 11
    Folder 11
    Richmond City, 1850-1854.
  • Box 24
    Folder 13
    Richmond City [oversize], 1851-1860, 1894.
  • Box 12
    Folder 1
    Richmond County, 1830-1849.
  • Box 12
    Folder 2
    Richmond County, 1850-1859.
  • Box 24
    Folder 14
    Richmond County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1864, 1875-1876, 1878, 1880, 1894.
  • Box 12
    Folder 3
    Roanoke County, 1851-1852.
  • Box 24
    Folder 15
    Roanoke County [oversize], 1876, 1878, 1880.
  • Box 12
    Folder 4
    Rockbridge County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 12
    Folder 5
    Rockbridge County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 25
    Folder 1
    Rockbridge County [oversize], 1852-1854, 1858-1860, 1863-1864.
  • Box 25
    Folder 2
    Rockbridge County [oversize], 1876-1881, 1894.
  • Box 12
    Folder 6
    Rockingham County, 1830-1851.
  • Box 25
    Folder 3
    Rockingham County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1838, 1875-1878, 1881.
  • Box 12
    Folder 7
    Russell County, 1815-1848.
  • Box 12
    Folder 8
    Russell County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 25
    Folder 4
    Russell County [oversize], 1864, 1875-1878.
  • Box 12
    Folder 9
    Scott County, 1815-1849.
  • Box 12
    Folder 10
    Scott County, 1850-1860, 1874.
  • Box 25
    Folder 5
    Scott County [oversize], 1863-1864, 1876-1879, 1881.
  • Box 25
    Folder 6
    Shenandoah County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1872, 1875-1881.
  • Box 13
    Folder 1
    Shenandoah County, 1830-1856, 1871.
  • Box 13
    Folder 2
    Smyth County, 1832-1845.
  • Box 25
    Folder 7
    Smyth County [oversize], 1860, 1879.
  • Box 13
    Folder 3
    Southampton County, 1825-1848.
  • Box 13
    Folder 4
    Southampton County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 25
    Folder 8
    Southampton County [oversize], 1852-1853, 1863-1864, 1872, 1874-1877.
  • Box 13
    Folder 5
    Spotsylvania County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 13
    Folder 6
    Spotsylvania County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 25
    Folder 9
    Spotsylvania County [oversize], 1871, 1875-1878.
  • Box 13
    Folder 7
    Stafford County, 1800-1860, 1874.
  • Box 13
    Folder 8
    Staunton, 1840-1861.
  • Box 13
    Folder 9
    Surry County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 13
    Folder 10
    Surry County, 1850-1864.
  • Box 26
    Folder 1
    Surry County [oversize], 1861, 1871-1872, 1876-1880, 1901.
  • Box 14
    Folder 1
    Sussex County, 1800-1863.
  • Box 26
    Folder 2
    Sussex County [oversize], 1871-1872, 1875-1881.
  • Box 14
    Folder 2
    Tazewell County, 1800-1859.
  • Box 26
    Folder 3
    Tazewell County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 14
    Folder 3
    Warren County, 1836-1849.
  • Box 14
    Folder 4
    Warren County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 26
    Folder 4
    Warren County [oversize], 1860, 1876-1877.
  • Box 14
    Folder 5
    Warwick County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 14
    Folder 6
    Warwick County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 14
    Folder 7
    Washington County, 1812-1849.
  • Box 14
    Folder 8
    Washington County, 1851-1858.
  • Box 26
    Folder 5
    Washington County [oversize], 1876-1878, 1880.
  • Box 14
    Folder 9
    Westmoreland County, 1800-1848.
  • Box 14
    Folder 10
    Westmoreland County, 1850-1861.
  • Box 26
    Folder 6
    Westmoreland County [oversize], 1860, 1875-1878, 1880.
  • Box 14
    Folder 11
    Williamsburg City, 1821-1852.
  • Box 14
    Folder 12
    Winchester City, 1844-1851.
  • Box 26
    Folder 7
    Winchester City [oversize], 1859-1861.
  • Box 26
    Folder 8
    Wise County [oversize], 1857, 1860, 1881, 1901.
  • Box 15
    Folder 1
    Wythe County, 1818-1856.
  • Box 15
    Folder 2
    York County, 1800-1852.
  • Box 26
    Folder 9
    York County [oversize], 1860, 1876-1877, 1880.
  • Box 15
    Folder 4
    Reports, General, 1829-1830.
  • Box 15
    Folder 5
    Ledger, Receipt account for Various Counties, 1846-1852.
  • Box 28
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1877-1885.
  • Box 29
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1884-1888.
  • Box 30
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1888-1889.
  • Box 31
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1890.
  • Box 32
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1891-1892.
  • Box 33
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1893.
  • Box 34
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1895-1896.
  • Box 35
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1897-1898.
  • Box 36
    Ledger, Various Counties, 1899-1907.
Series II: West Virginia, 1800-1862.
Boxes: 15-19; and 26-27
Extent: 7 boxes (3.45 cu. ft.).

The West Virginia Series, 1800-1862, is housed in seven archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically by city or county name. At the time the records were created the counties were part of Virginia, but since the state of West Virginia was created in 1861 the decision was made to maintain a separate series for West Virginia cities and counties. Included are written reports and statistics on the number of poor whites and free blacks maintained at the public charge; the amount of poor rates levied annually for their support; the amount of donations for the use of the poor from individuals; number of poor maintained at poor or work houses with the annual expense of their maintenance; and sometimes minutes are included. Also noted are payments made for medical services, salaries of officers and clerks, midwives fees, and the building of coffins. Beginning in the late 1840s - early 1850s, more detailed information is included such as the names of the poor (white, free black, and slave), age, physical condition, length of time on assistance, reason for assistance needed, and morals.

Arranged alphabetically by city or county name and then chronological. Oversize materials were separated and placed in oversize boxes though everything is listed in chronological order in the finding aid. Researchers should pay special attention to note the box numbers.

  • Box 15
    Folder 6
    Barbour County, 1843-1851.
  • Box 15
    Folder 7
    Berkeley County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 15
    Folder 8
    Berkeley County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 15
    Folder 9
    Boone County, 1847-1851.
  • Box 26
    Folder 9
    Boone County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 15
    Folder 10
    Braxton County, 1846-1860.
  • Box 15
    Folder 11
    Brooke County, 1808-1860.
  • Box 15
    Folder 12
    Cabell County, 1814-1855.
  • Box 26
    Folder 10
    Calhoun County [oversize], 1861.
  • Box 26
    Folder 11
    Clay County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 16
    Folder 1
    Doddridge County, 1846-1859.
  • Box 26
    Folder 12
    Doddridge County [oversize], 1859-1860.
  • Box 16
    Folder 2
    Fayette County, 1831-1852.
  • Box 26
    Folder 13
    Fayette County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 16
    Folder 3
    Gilmer County, 1845-1860.
  • Box 16
    Folder 4
    Greenbrier County, 1830-1849.
  • Box 16
    Folder 5
    Greenbrier County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 26
    Folder 14
    Greenbrier County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1861.
  • Box 16
    Folder 6
    Hampshire County, 1800-1834, 1851-1852.
  • Box 27
    Folder 1
    Hampshire County [oversize], 1852-1857.
  • Box 27
    Folder 2
    Hampshire County [oversize], 1858-1861.
  • Box 16
    Folder 7
    Hancock County, 1848-1856.
  • Box 27
    Folder 3
    Hancock County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 16
    Folder 8
    Hardy County, 1832-1848.
  • Box 16
    Folder 9
    Hardy County, 1850-1855.
  • Box 27
    Folder 4
    Hardy County [oversize], 1800-1829, 1853-1856.
  • Box 27
    Folder 5
    Hardy County [oversize], 1857-1861.
  • Box 16
    Folder 10
    Harrison County, 1800-1851.
  • Box 27
    Folder 6
    Harrison County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 16
    Folder 11
    Jackson County, 1832-1860.
  • Box 27
    Folder 7
    Jackson County [oversize], 1861.
  • Box 17
    Folder 1
    Jefferson County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 17
    Folder 2
    Jefferson County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 17
    Folder 3
    Kanawha County, 1821-1851.
  • Box 27
    Folder 8
    Kanawha County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 17
    Folder 4
    Lewis County, 1817-1852.
  • Box 27
    Folder 9
    Lewis County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 17
    Folder 5
    Logan County, 1827-1851.
  • Box 27
    Folder 10
    Logan County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 17
    Folder 6
    Marion County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 17
    Folder 7
    Marshall County, 1840-1862.
  • Box 27
    Folder 11
    Marshall County [oversize], 1861.
  • Box 17
    Folder 8
    Mason County, 1805-1853.
  • Box 27
    Folder 12
    Mason County [oversize], 1853-1861.
  • Box 17
    Folder 9
    Mercer County, 1838-1851.
  • Box 27
    Folder 13
    Mercer County [oversize], 1860-1861.
  • Box 17
    Folder 10
    Monongalia County, 1800-1849.
  • Box 17
    Folder 11
    Monongalia County, 1850-1859.
  • Box 27
    Folder 14
    Monongalia County [oversize], 1851.
  • Box 18
    Folder 1
    Monroe County, 1806-1859.
  • Box 27
    Folder 15
    Monroe County [oversize], 1861-1864.
  • Box 18
    Folder 2
    Morgan County, 1829-1849.
  • Box 18
    Folder 3
    Morgan County, 1850-1857.
  • Box 18
    Folder 4
    Nicholas County, 1819-1851.
  • Box 18
    Folder 5
    Ohio County, 1827-1846.
  • Box 18
    Folder 6
    Ohio County, 1851-1862.
  • Box 18
    Folder 7
    Pendleton County, 1821-1848.
  • Box 18
    Folder 8
    Pendleton County, 1851-1855.
  • Box 27
    Folder 16
    Pendleton County [oversize], 1856-1860.
  • Box 18
    Folder 9
    Pleasants County, 1860.
  • Box 18
    Folder 10
    Pocahontas County, 1822-1860.
  • Box 18
    Folder 11
    Preston County, 1824-1852.
  • Box 18
    Folder 12
    Putnam County, 1851-1861.
  • Box 19
    Folder 1
    Raleigh County, 1852.
  • Box 27
    Folder 17
    Raleigh County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 2
    Randolph County, 1810-1849.
  • Box 19
    Folder 3
    Randolph County, 1850-1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 4
    Ritchie County, 1843-1852.
  • Box 27
    Folder 18
    Roane County [oversize], 1860-1861.
  • Box 19
    Folder 5
    Taylor County, 1845-1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 6
    Tucker County, 1859-1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 7
    Tyler County, 1815-1844.
  • Box 19
    Folder 8
    Upshur County, 1851-1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 9
    Wayne County, 1842-1859.
  • Box 27
    Folder 19
    Wayne County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 10
    Wetzel County, 1846-1853.
  • Box 19
    Folder 11
    Wheeling, 1853-1855.
  • Box 19
    Folder 12
    Wirt County, 1848-1859.
  • Box 27
    Folder 20
    Wirt County [oversize], 1860.
  • Box 19
    Folder 13
    Wood County, 1809-1860.
  • Box 27
    Folder 21
    Wood County [oversize], 1862.
  • Box 19
    Folder 14
    Wyoming County, 1851.
  • Box 27
    Folder 22
    Wyoming County [oversize], 1860.