Sally Furber Nelson
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Sally Furber Nelson commented on Sally Furber Nelson's blog post 'Pauper Records in the 1800s'
"The Vital Records of Mount Vernon will be published soon by the Maine Genealogical Society. We keep finding more data to include. I checked the file and could not find Benjamin Perley Philbrick and wife Jane. I did find lots of other men named…"
Aug 5, 2015
Pamela Carter commented on Sally Furber Nelson's blog post 'Pauper Records in the 1800s'
"Sally, I am very interested in learning more about my ancestors from Mount Vernon. They are Benjamin Perley Philbrick and his wife, Jane Matthews, and their descendants and ancestors. Are you publishing your work somewhere, either currently or in…"
Aug 5, 2015
Sally Furber Nelson commented on Sally Furber Nelson's blog post 'Pauper Records in the 1800s'
"Thanks again. This is a great article. I found others by googling "paupers in New England" - thinking about doing an article about pauper practices in Maine. Looks like Mt Vernon continued the bidding practice long after Maine passed in…"
Jul 26, 2015
Chris Dunham commented on Sally Furber Nelson's blog post 'Pauper Records in the 1800s'
"It appears to have been merely a custom. A town was required to provide for its paupers, but it was left to the selectmen and voters to decide how that would be accomplished. I found a good article here on the practice, which was outlawed in Maine…"
Jul 26, 2015
Sally Furber Nelson commented on Sally Furber Nelson's blog post 'Pauper Records in the 1800s'
"Thanks so much. Do you know if this "vendue" system was a law or merely a custom?"
Jul 26, 2015
Chris Dunham commented on Sally Furber Nelson's blog post 'Pauper Records in the 1800s'
"This was called the "vendue" system, and it was phased out by the mid 1800s when towns started building poorhouses and town farms. The paupers were "sold off" to the lowest bidder, but it seems that in many cases, if the family…"
Jul 25, 2015
Sally Furber Nelson posted a blog post

Pauper Records in the 1800s

I am transcribing the VRs of Mount Vernon, Maine, and have recently discovered many pauper records from the 1840-1870 era. This has led to much curiosity about how paupers were treated during this period. It looks like people bid at the town meeting to keep paupers in their homes. However, the curious part is that it looks like they were bidding to take care of their own parents or other relatives. Another curious aspect is that sometimes they were paid in shillings - why would this happen mid…See More
Jul 25, 2015
Sally Furber Nelson is now a member of Maine Genealogy Network
Jul 25, 2015

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What Maine surnames are you researching?
Furber, Berry, Chase, Crowell, Blaisdell,
What locations in Maine are you researching?
Kennebec, Androscoggin, Somerset counties

Sally Furber Nelson's Blog

Pauper Records in the 1800s

I am transcribing the VRs of Mount Vernon, Maine, and have recently discovered many pauper records from the 1840-1870 era. This has led to much curiosity about how paupers were treated during this period. It looks like people bid at the town meeting to keep paupers in their homes. However, the curious part is that it looks like they were bidding to take care of their own parents or other relatives. Another curious aspect is that sometimes they were paid in shillings - why would this happen…

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