Category: The Poor

Sort

showing 1-1 of 1

Image for The Poor and Others To Be Pitied. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Selectmen’s Records of Town Welfare Cases, Windham County, Connecticut

The Poor and Others To Be Pitied. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Selectmen’s Records of Town Welfare Cases, Windham County, Connecticut

By: Marilyn L. Labbe

Price: $41.50

Publisher: Heritage Books:

Seller ID: L3193


The welfare system employed by the towns of Windham County, Connecticut, in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries worked in this way: the names of the indigent, homeless, orphans, elderly, and the sick were brought up at town meetings to be auctioned (bid off) to the lowest bidder for their care. An undated Ashford entry reads, "The three persons at William Johnson's are at 77 cents expense per head per week." Sometimes the whole group was bid off to one p... View more info