Census Records


At the session of the Board of Supervisors in January 1867,  a committee of three members was chosen to look up a suitable site for a Poor Farm,  the cost not to exceed $4,000,  and if an eligible location could be found,  a special session was to be called.

The committee visited various tracts of land within a radius of eight miles from Centerville,  and finally fixed upon the land owned by W.C. Ewing,  it being the southeast quarter of Section 32,  Township 69,  Range 18 (Bellair),  lying about four miles west of Centerville,  together with twenty acres of timber one mile south.

This was to be had for the exact sum specified, and the Board met March 2,  but adjourned to the 14th,  on which day the committee's report was approved and the deed was made out on the 16th,  but the land was not surrendered till the following November.

A new building,  14 X 28 feet in size,  and two stories high, has been erected during the present year,  and the old Ewing house has been thoroughly repaired for the use of the paupers,  of whom there are usually twelve to fourteen.   There is also a good barn.   Henry C. Baker is the present Steward.

SOURCE: The History of Appanoose County,  Iowa; Chicago:   Western Historical Company,  1878. p. 433. (This file was compiled and contributed to the IAGenWeb by Mona Sarratt Knight, August 2009.)

The 1870 and the 1880 US Federal Census reveal the following residents listed during these census years:

US Federal Census, 1870, p. 10, Appanoose County, IA, Bellair Twp., P.O. Centerville, enumerated 20 July 1870
Dwelling 64, family 64:
Richardson, Sargentage 49farmerb. Vermont (apparently the Poor Farm steward)
Richardson, Mariaage 48keeping houseb. New Hampshire
Richardson, Ida Wage 19b. New Hampshire
Richardson, Maryage 13b. Iowa
Richardson, Winnieage 10b. Iowa
Snediker Hamiltonage 19farm laborerb. Ohio
Eastburn, Benjaminage 20farm laborerb. West Virginia
Latridge, Sylviaage 19domestic servantb. Iowa
Farer, Edward Page 71b. North Carolina
Sandy, Uriahage 52b. Ohio
Shepard, Sarahage 45b. New York
Inman, Augustaage 23b. Ohio
Link, Lafayetteage 3b. Iowa

US Federal Census, 1880, Appanoose County, Iowa, Bellair Twp., P.O. Centerville
Dwelling 265, family 280:
Baker, Henry Cage 33farmerb. Illinois
Baker, Catharine A, wifeage 30keeping houseb. Indiana
Baker, Flora Eage 11daughterb. Iowa
Baker, Henry CSteward
..., Georgeage 5 b. Iowa
Smith, Samuelage 87b. Virginia
Skinner, Thomasage 35b. Indiana
Martin, Johnage 47b. Indiana
Martin, Delila,age 41b. Indiana
Mahoney (Malmey?), Mahalaage 49b. Illinois
Mahoney, Mary Eage 7b. Iowa
Gowers, Artemiaage 41b. Indiana
Gowers, Williamage 6 monthsb. Nov., b . Iowa
Everett, ... age 55b. Germany
Brown, Nettieage 3b. Iowa
Burton, Amandaage 37b. Illinois
Lieck, Maryage 47b. Indiana
Dye, Maryage 22b. Illinois
Inman, Augustaage 31b. Ohio
Buson, Margaretage 23b. Iowa
Frost, Josephage 88b. Tennessee