In colonial times through the nineteenth-century there were Overseers of the Poor in most towns throughout New England. We have provided information about the Boston Overseers of the Poor through their records. Example of other town’s records are in Topsfield, MA and Beverly, MA. What about your town?
Where was your community’s poorhouse located?
When was it built?
Are poorhouse records still in existence?
Where and how are they being stored?
Can you find a picture or painting of the poorhouse, or does the building still exist?
How is the building used today?
We encourage you to contact us to add to the growing body of knowledge and records relating to poor relief in Massachusetts in colonial times through the nineteenth-century.