|Terrell and Harriet Albritton Bryan|
Poor farms were county or town-run residences where paupers (mainly elderly and disabled people) were supported at public expense. Sometimes, those committing crimes were also sent to the poor farms. In Erath County, records between 1883 and 1898 indicate some charged with lunacy, theft, assault, adultery, gambling, and vagrancy were sent to the Poor Farm.
The first mention I found of the Erath County Poor Farm, in old newspapers, was the following seen in the Brenham Daily Banner (Nov 28, 1880) - It was announced that Erath County was going to have a poor farm.
In November 1882, the Erath County Poor Farm was available for rent and listed in the Stephenville Empire that all those desiring to rent the poor farm were to meet with the Commissioner's Court in Stephenville on November 27, 1882.
Terell Bryan must have been chosen as he was found managing and living on the Erath County Poor Farm in 1883, 1884, 1885, and 1886. I suspect he was there in 1887 as well. I would love to know the terms. How much did he pay to rent, what was his income, did his family have their own home, and how many other buildings were on the property?
|This photo of the youngest Bryan daughter, Laura Louise,|
was sent to family in Bienville Parish, LA about 1884.
On December 20, 1888, sealed bids for the old poor farm were going to be considered.
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1880 United States Federal Census for Terrell Bryan. Ancestry.com. Web. 1 Oct. 2018. <https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6742/4244722-00244/40428579?indiv=try&h&db>
C. Shipman (personal communication, September 10, 2006) From the Sheriff's Jail Log
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.
Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: If Your Family Lived in Erath County, Texas Blogger, 31 Jul 2017. Web. 1 Oct. 2018. <https://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/if-your-family-lived-in-erath-county.html>.
The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries, 2004. Web. 30 Jul. 2017. <https://texashistory.unt.edu/>.