Starting in 1993 when I was doing research on old cemeteries of Henry County,
Mr. Richard Ratcliff of Spiceland mentioned the old Pauper's cemetery on the grounds
of the Henry county home. Like everyone else I had never even thought of a cemetery being
there. He told me the lady who worked there when the home closed around 1988 probably knew
where the records were. I was never able to contact her, but after contacting the
County Auditor Judy Bunner we were able to locate most of them, the early records
(1839 - 1855) were destroyed in a fire in 1855.
March 8, 1839: The commisioners purchased the farm of Willim Silver for $2,000.00.
May 1839: A log house was built.
January 4, 1844: A new brick building was erected.
May 9, 1855: The brick building was destroyed by fire. All records were destroyed.
1855: The commisioners ordered a new and larger building constructed, which is today the present building, at a cost of $7,000.00.
1855 - 1859: While the building was under construction all paupers were kept at the farm of suprintendent Mark Modlin.
March, 1860: The new brick building was completed and all inmates returned to there new home.
1900: By the turn of the century the farm had grown to about 300 acres with the purchase of the bottom land.
The following is a list of the Superintendents and the number of inmates at the time.
All records after 1900 were more detailed on the inmates, such as family, marital status
and personal history.
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