St. Clair County Farm Board Record Index (1874–1879) Illinois State Archives

Compiled by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository System, Southern Illinois University


The St. Clair County Farm Board Record Index was compiled by Barbara Heflin, Supervisor of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) System. The 1,292 records in the database were extracted from the St. Clair County Farm Board Record (IRAD Accession 6/0024/11).

The County Farm Board Record is a record of meals given to paupers by the St. Clair County Farm between January, 1875 and August, 1879. The record reflects the hardships suffered during a period of depression. It is especially remarkable that the County Poor Farm recorded so much valuable information about persons who were basically transients. Usually the paupers spent no more than one day at the facility. However, some paupers periodically revisited.

The record shows the name, age, nativity, residence, and birthplace of the pauper as well as the date of admission and the date of discharge. All of the information found in the original record has been included in the database. The geographical place names given as birthplaces are literal transcriptions. No efforts were made to correct misspellings.


Although no additional information is available in the original record, copies of the record for individual paupers will be sent upon request. When requesting copies of the original record, please include the name of the pauper and the date of admission. Inquiries should be made directly to the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. IRAD cannot accept requests by email at this time. Please contact:
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c /o Records Management
Morris Library, Mail Code 6808
Southern Illinois University
1835 University Press Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901-6808

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