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  NYC Department of Records - Municipal Archives' Collections - Almshouse, 1758-1953
The city maintained an almshouse, various hospitals, and a "workhouse" on Blackwell's Island (now called Roosevelt Island) for the poor.
Abandonment of children was not uncommon in the 19th century and many of these unwanted children were sent to the almshouse.
According to the ledger books, most children in the almshouse died from diarrhea, or malnutrition (infant formula had not been invented).
www.nyc.gov /html/records/html/collections/collections_almshouse.shtml   (227 words)

  Exhibit: Hospital
Since the primary requirement for admission to an almshouse was dependence, those who could afford to be treated at home obviously preferred to avoid the stigmatization of becoming an "inmate" at an almshouse.
It was not until the acceptance of the antiseptic process and the routine administration of anesthesia, the increasing importance placed on surgery, and the rise of the private hospital at the end of the nineteenth century that hospital treatment for illness became commonplace for the middle class.
Almshouses and hospitals for the poor in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston all benefitted from association with medical schools in the nineteenth century.
www.lancasterhistory.org /collections/exhibitions/almshouse/hs_medicine.html   (311 words)

For example, because of concerns that the almshouse was an unfit environment for children, a schoolhouse and teacher were provided on the grounds.
When the almshouse moved from Dunning to Oak Forest, the insane asylum stayed behind to be turned over to state management.
Although the county almshouse was originally located, from 1835 to 1841, in the center of Chicago on the town square (at Clark and Randolph), all subsequent locations were rural, chosen with the persistent if impractical idea that residents work the land to pay their way.
www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org /pages/1735.html   (574 words)

 Almshouse Charities - OG 65 A1 Introduction
The Almshouse Association (also known as the National Association of Almshouses) - see OG 65 B2 - of which a large number of almshouse charities are members, is the main source of expertise on the practicalities of running almshouse charities.
The trustees of an almshouse charity terminated the appointment of a resident on the grounds that her behaviour was vexatious.
Almshouse charities which are not Registered Social Landlords are subject to the standard charity accounting regime in Part VI of the 1993 Act, and must follow the ordinary charity SORP (SORP 2000), under the requirements of the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2000.
www.charitycommission.gov.uk /supportingcharities/ogs/g065a001.asp   (1919 words)

 Tsarskoe Selo - Court Hospital and Almshouse
The almshouse has existed in Tsarskoe Selo from the time of Catherine I. Originally it was a wooden house near the palace and was supported from the Emperor's private purse.
On the 9th of March 1809, an almshouse at the corner of the Moskovskaya Street with a hospital and a church, was ordered to be built.
In 1908 the number of persons, taken care of in the palace almshouse, was augmented by five men and five women, and the women's, compartment was transferred to the Demidovo-Shelkovskaya Almshouse for women.
www.alexanderpalace.org /tsarskoe/hospital.html   (593 words)

 Almshouse Cemetery, Albany, NY - Cliff Lamere
From 1826 to 1926, the New Scotland Avenue almshouse and its adjacent cemetery served Albany's poorest residents.
Those buried on almshouse grounds were the unclaimed poor of the region - those who died at the almshouse and those who died on the streets or at the nearby penitentiary.
As with most almshouses of the era, a cemetery for burying the poor was part of the operation.
freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com /~clifflamere/Cem/CEM-AlbAlmshouse.htm   (1708 words)

 Bristol Charities
Dr White governed the almshouse during his lifetime, to be succeeded by his brother and two of the “antientest Aldermen” of the City, the Town Clerk and by the Chamberlain.
In 1824 the almshouse was completely rebuilt, with a modern and simple Gothic front, designed by Edward Brickden, a student of the architectural school of Robert Smirke, who designed the British Museum.
Today the almshouse charity is managed by a body of trustees consisting of four trustees appointed by the City Council and a trustee nominated by the Bishop of Bristol.
www.bristolcharities.org.uk /history_almshouses_drwhite.asp   (1022 words)

 1898: Boston's Pauper Institutions | ElderWeb   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The presence of the Commissioner on board is announced by the display at the masthead of the institution's flag, a blue field with white ball containing an anchor surrounded by the words, City of Boston, Institutions Dept. in blue; that of the Trustees, by a plain blue flag.
The abandoned almshouse on Rainsford Island was taken possession of, in the same year, by the juvenile offenders, who were brought over from Deer Island, and became the present House of Reformation for boys.
Life in the almshouses may be monotonous, but on the physical side it rises to a far greater plane than the majority of the inmates ever knew before coming to them.
www.elderweb.com /home/node/2857   (5301 words)

 Florilegium urbanum - Religion - Regulations governing a hospital/almshouse
That is, the manor of Stockland with the advowsons of the churches of Stockland and Quantoxhead, the manors of Earthcott and Lea with [their] appurtenances, the lands acquired in Brewham, and Langford mill, and the rents in the town of Bristol.
That it, that among the number of the poor are to be twelve scholars, who may be admitted or removed at the will of the master; they, dressed in fl copes and surplices, shall fulfill their duties under the direction of the precentor.
As for the master, the chaplains, the clerks, and the brothers wearing the habit, they are to sleep together in one building and take their meals in one building (that is, the refectory); but no secular person may eat or drink in that refectory unless by special permission of the master.
www.trytel.com /~tristan/towns/florilegium/community/cmreli14.html   (2220 words)

Most of the burials were from the Almshouse, County Hospital, or transported from area hospitals or the downtown morgue.
ALMSHOUSE HISTORY In 1852, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors purchased a county farm for $6,000 to act as a poorhouse.
Admission to the Almshouse required a number of things: a judge's order documented poverty lack of any relatives or friends that would take you in and the signatures of two County taxpayers.
linkstothepast.com /milwaukee/poorfarm.html   (810 words)

It was intended that the almshouse be as self-sustaining as possible.
Consequently the land surrounding the building was cultivated and crops were sown and maintained by the individuals staying at the Almshouse.
Those who died while living in the Almshouse and whose bodies were unclaimed by friends or family, were often buried in the county lot.
www.rootsweb.com /~nygreen2/almshouse.htm   (376 words)

 Mercer County Almshouse Register Index (1859-1948)
The 2,224 records in the database were extracted from the Mercer County Almshouse Register (IRAD Accession 2/0097/01).
The remarks category provides valuable information about the physical, mental and emotional condition of the inmate; the reasons for admission to the almshouse; the place where the inmate went after discharge from the almshouse; and the relationship of the inmate to others residing at the almshouse or elsewhere.
Copies of entries from the original Mercer County Almshouse Register may be requested by mail or telephone.
www.sos.state.il.us /departments/archives/mercer.html   (635 words)

 Almshouse History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1872, Baltimore County purchased 132 acres of farmland in Cockeysville, and on this tract, constructed the Almshouse.
Farming was essential to the maintenance of the Almshouse so an additional 152 acres were purchased in 1938.
For 86 years, the Almshouse was home to those unfortunate people who had no place to go or anyone to care for them.
www.hsobc.org /almshist.html   (314 words)

 Saint John Vintage
The almshouses of New Brunswick in the nineteenth century were a "dumping ground" for men, women and children of all ages and conditions.
Due to the large number of children at the almshouse and in various parts of the city who had lost one or both of their parents, two orphan asylums - one Protestant and the other Roman Catholic - were founded.
Periodically, the almshouse management was criticized for personal misconduct and for the high costs of running the institution, As previously mentioned, the first Keeper, William Craig, was found not guilty of rape but, in 1848, the Quarter Sessions censored him for assisting inmates with childbirth although he was unqualified as a mid-wife.
new-brunswick.net /Saint_John/almshouse.html   (2408 words)

 Mary Peterson: Object of Charity
The basement was divided into three sections: the room for hard labor (weaving, spinning wool, and knitting) was on the east, the middle room was used for storage, and the west room was used to incarcerate the unruly.
The almshouse was located in the underdeveloped, northern fringes of the city called the Commons.
Almshouse residents lived next to the Gaol, or jailhouse, on the east, and, after 1775, Bridewell prison on the west.
www.archaeology.org /online/features/cityhall/almshouse.html   (1368 words)

 Search Results for "Almshouse"
...An inhabitant of an almshouse; so called because in Catholic times most charities of this class were instituted that the inmates might "pray for the soul of the founder."...
...A spital is a charitable foundation for the care of the poor, and these were the fields of the almshouse founded in 1197 by Walter Brune and his wife Rosia.
Placed in Tewksbury almshouse (1876), she was later admitted (1880) to Perkins Institution for...
www.bartleby.com /cgi-bin/texis/webinator/sitesearch?FILTER=&query=Almshouse   (278 words)

 The Almshouses - from report to NT
This same document describes the endowments for the Almshouses: William Stoneing gave £40 to the parish on the 28th October 1618 to be employed for the benefit of the poor.
In addition the Glebe Terrier (1665) states that the Almshouse was endowed with eight pounds yearly from the County and paid at the quarter day.
The Almshouses continued to be used as a workhouse during the early 19th century and in 1806 there was considerable expenditure of £697.2s.5 ½d, on the workhouse (Fulford-Williams).
www.moretonhampstead.org.uk /texts/Places/AlmshousesNT.htm   (2364 words)

 History Of The Cheshire "County Farm"
An Almshouse was erected in 1869 at a cost of $22,710, and a 50 x 40 foot barn was approved for construction in 1872.
In 1885, two water closets were placed on the lower floor of the Almshouse, one on the male and one on the female side of the house.
There were 29 inmates in the Almshouse during 1960 and 184 prisoners in the House of Correction.
co.cheshire.nh.us /CountyInfo   (2037 words)

 Florilegium urbanum - Physical fabric - Refurbishment of a building as an almshouse
The almshouse was converted from a building by the gate into the property.
Interspersed with the sections of expenditures on the almshouse were sections of expenditures on other works to the adjacent brewers' hall property.
A passageway was built, or rather adapted from what is described as a "cloister", connecting the hall proper and the "great kitchen" and the floor of the passageway repaved; this seems to imply that the kitchen was in a building separate from the main structure.
www.trytel.com /~tristan/towns/florilegium/community/cmfabr05.html   (2340 words)

A new almshouse was built on the foundation of the previous in the Greek Revival style.
Residents who were able farmed the land surrounding the Almshouse to produce food for the inhabitants.
The Almshouse and Asylum buildings may be demolished but, at a minimum, abandonment will mean faster deterioration.
www.preservationsalem.org /Almshouse.htm   (348 words)

 The Almshouse Association
Almshouses have existed for over 1000 years enabling people in need to retain their independence and to live in their local community.
The first recorded Almshouse was founded by King Athelstan in York in the 10th century AD.
There are almost 1800 separate Almshouse Charities in the UK with 2,600 groups of Almshouses.
www.almshouses.org /whatAreAlmshouses.html   (170 words)

 Almshouse - LoveToKnow 1911
ALMSHOUSE, a house built and endowed by private charity for the residence of poor and usually aged people.
The greater portion were built after the Reformation.
This page was last modified 17:10, 12 May 2006.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Almshouse   (57 words)

 Plymouth, Almshouses
The almshouses may have formed part of the manorial property that passed from the Prior of Plympton to the Mayor and Commonalty.
The almshouse passed into the hands of the Board of Guardians in 1708 but exactly a century later it was pulled down, having been allowed to become dilapidated due, it was claimed, to a lack of an endowment.
It was stated at the time that it was not intended that the almshouses should be occupied by persons in receipt of parochial relief but by those who, formerly held fairly good positions in life and of guaranteed respectability, were entitled from their lack of means to have the payment of rent eased for them.
www.plymouthdata.info /Almshouses.htm   (1484 words)

 Ogle County Almshouse Register Index (1878-1933)
The Ogle County Almshouse Register Index was compiled by Ruth Abramovitz, intern for the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
When an inmate died while staying at the almshouse, the letter D will appear in parentheses after the date in the Date of Discharge field.
The remarks category provides valuable information about the physical, mental and emotional condition of the inmate; the reasons for admission to the almshouse; the place where the inmate went after discharge from the almshouse; and the relationship of the inmate to others residing at the almshouse or elsewhere.
www2.sos.state.il.us /departments/archives/oglealms.html   (731 words)

 Almshouse and State Primary School in Monson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Started in 1852, c 275 authorized the building of three state almshouses for paupers without settlement in the Commonwealth as certified by overseers of the poor or other local authorities, each with a superintendent and three inspectors who could bind out minors as apprentices.
Almshouse children under age sixteen (along with those transferred from other almshouses) were segregated at Monson in a State Primary School established at the almshouse in 1866, c 209.
The State Almshouse at Monson itself was discontinued in 1872, and most inmates (i.e., adults) were transferred to the State Almshouse at Tewksbury, although some were transferred for support or temporary custody as helpers (along with their children under age three) at the State Primary School (Board of State Charities.
www.poorhousestory.com /MA_Hampden_Monson_HistNotes.htm   (582 words)

 Tewksbury Historical Society, Tewksbury Massachusetts
The almshouses were the Commonwealth's first venture into caring for the poor, a duty which had previously been carried out by the cities and towns.
In 1866 the almshouse began accepting the "pauper insane" becoming the state's first facility to specifically accept cases with the diagnosis of chronic insanity.
The most famous patient in the almshouse during the 19th century was Anne Sullivan, who later became the tutor and companion of Helen Keller.
www.tewksburyhistoricalsociety.org /Archives/StateHospital   (1312 words)

 The Drapers' Company - The Almshouse Trusts
Walter duly purchased sites in Newington and Southwark where Almshouses were built in the middle years of the 17th century for the benefit of ‘aged godly and distressed poor people...of good name and fame...of quiet life and honest conversation’.
The Drapers’ Company was entrusted with the management of Walter’s Almshouses after his death, Walter having left the Company various properties to provide the necessary income.
The two Almshouse trusts were consolidated together by a Charity Commission Scheme under the title of John Walter’s and Ann Mills’ Foundation.
www.thedrapers.co.uk /Charities/6b_walter.html   (144 words)

 the almshouse
The Almshouse on East Street in Walpole has been the sight of hauntings since a fire in the late 1800’s and may have been the site of more than one tragedy before that.
Built in the early 1800’s by the houses original owner, Daniel Allen, the house was transformed into a house for the poor of the town and a weigh station for the homeless who jumped the railroads tracks nearby.
There is a bit of sadness in his haunting, as he seems to play out his failed escape from the fire by opening and closing windows and rattling windows.
www.masscrossroads.com /almshouse.html   (408 words)

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