When trying to locate death records of the early pioneers, usually the best source is the probate records. They usually give the date of death and list the heirs. But in trying to locate the death dates for those less fortunate, who had nothing to probate, it is almost impossible. I try to search every available record to find these people who others do not mention in any other records. This list was gleaned from the Henry County Treasurer's payment book for the years 1841 - 1852. These records give the information on claims that were filed and paid by the treasurer. It mentions everything from paying for firewood for the county buildings to the payment of those who served jury duty. When a pauper died the county usually paid for the burial clothes, coffin and digging of the grave, and any other expense that was provided by the county. The average burial expense was about five dollars. Also listed are the paupers that were sent to the "Pauper's Asylum," the county paid the expense of someone taking them to the asylum, usually a dollar or two.
The dates listed below are the actual date that the bill was paid to either take them to the asylum, or for their burial expense. So, the dates are not the actual dates of admittance to the asylum, or the date of death of the paupers. The bills were usually paid about every two weeks. These dates are about as close as one could get to the actual date. At the least we know who they were and just about when they died.