Outdoor Allowances, 1800-1856

Outdoor allowances were monies paid to people who did not qualify for full support in the poorhouse, yet needed financial assistance to live on the outside. Often, monies were paid to a 3rd party who acted as physical and/or financial caretaker of the individual receiving support.

The amount of information contained in this type of record varies greatly. However, information that 1 may find in a given record is:

  • Family members
  • Age
  • Race
  • Infirmity or other reason for support
  • Residence
  • Year of death