Guide to the Overseers of the Poor of Berkeley County, West Virginia Papers, 1850-1851

Summary Information

Title: Overseers of the Poor of Berkeley County, West Virginia Papers, 1850-1851
Collection: AC.549
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a bill to Overseers of the Poor of Berkeley County (West Virginia) from Bailes & Mcintire for the building of a building with an out house. The bill has entries from August 1, 1850 to payment April 18, 1851. The paper is in good condition and very legible.

Creator: Overseers of the Poor (Berkeley County, W. Va.)

Biographical/Historical Note

More on the history of local names
January 30, 2011
Don C. Wood / Special to The Journal         

Poor House Road

If you cross over the Tuscarora Pike (King Street extended) over Interstate 81, and continue for about 3 miles, you will come to the intersection of Tuscarora Pike and Poor House Road. With the creation of the county park on the grounds of the Poor House Farm, this area sees much traffic today. The road here was known for many years as Pleasant Valley Road. The Berkeley County Poor House was located on West Race Street and is still standing. Because there was not enough ground there for poor people to work, in 1850, the "Overseer of the Poor" purchased from John Emmert and Elizabeth, his wife, a 140-acre farm on Pleasant Valley Road and sold the Race Street poor house. Soon after, the Valley Road, as some called it, became Poor House Road. The Poor House was closed by the Berkeley County Court in the 1950s. This land had originally been granted by Lord Fairfax to David Crockett.

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Also found among James Faulkner's papers are land records concerning Martinsburg and Berkeley County; an account book, 1811-1820, kept in part by James Faulkner as president of the Berkeley County Overseers of the Poor; an account and will of James Faulkner's father-in-law William Mackey; and estate materials, including an inventory, loose accounts, and records concerning a monument to James Faulkner in Martinsburg.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one handwritten bill from Bailes & Mcintire to the Overseers of the Poor of Berkeley County, with entries August 1, 1850 to payment on April 18, 1851. It was for the construction of a building and an out house.


It is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This paper was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in July 2001. Accession number is AC.2001.071.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.549: Overseers of the Poor of Berkeley County, West Virginia Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1850-1851 ACSC_Box 16.14