Orange County

Potters Field
County Home Cemetery
Paoli Township. Section 20, T2N R1E.

From the earliest days, Orange County had a  County Home, also known as the County Farm, Poor Farm,  County Infirmary and County Asylum. A home for those who had none, supported by the county. Upon death, some were buried in county cemeteries by relatives. Others were interred on the County Home property, in a cemetery known as Potter's Field. Only one idenfitiable marker remains, that of Joseph and Eliza Luttrell. The building is currently a private residence.

From the DAR cemetery records: "The present county farm was purchased in 1842. The small burial place, across the public road opposite the farm buildings, has an iron fence of pleasing design, which once marked the boundary of the court house yard in Paoli. There are about 50 graves, but one of which has a stone with inscription. No record of burials has been kept. Known to be buried there is Owen Stewart, who wandered into Paoli in 1862, and was suspected of being a spy at first. He was befriended by Daniel Dayhuff, and lived at the Dayhuff House for many years as a helper. A well-known character about town, he was thought to have been a sea-faring man, who has suffered a head injury which caused loss of memory. His latter years were spent at the county farm.  Owen Stewart was living with the Dayhuff family in the 1870 census, age 37, occupation laborer, born in Ireland. In the 1880 census, also living with the Dayhuffs; age 45; occupation servant; birthplace Ireland, as well as parents' birthplaces."

In 1991 Derrill Ray Wilson researched County Home and death records, in an effort to identify those buried in "Potter's Field". That research is presented here courtesy of  Reverend Mother Estelle Irene Kinkade Wilson. The original data can be viewed Here. The listing below is an excerpt of that research, arranged  in alphabetical order, and includes some burial and family information not present in the original report. 

Original Orange County Infirmary

New Orange County Infirmary

Photo Copyright Bob Baker

Photo Copyright Bob Baker

John Wininger, Superintendent, and  Family

Infirmary Floor Plan

Board of Charities ReportCensus 1850 - 1940 Poor Farm Visitors
Last Name First Name Born Died Other Photo
Alexander Nancy Abt 1846 Age 70, Buried Lick Creek Cemetery  
Anderson H. V.   5/17/1886 Age 62  
Beaty Andrew 4/13/1815 11/??/1888   Son of William & Martha (Westmoreland) Beaty. Husband of Rhoda Cordon. (Marvin Beatty)  
Branon Elizabeth   11/16/1897 Age 28  
Bundy Johne   12/21/1913 Age 100. Buried Lick Creek Cemetery  
Cloud Patsy   7/21/1899 Age 78  
Compton Bettie   11/23/1903 Age 75  
Compton Jackson   11/4/1916 Age 70 Buried Stampers Creek Cemetery  
Coon Lee   2/15/1892 Age 50  
Curliss Mable   9/10/1912 Age 18 Buried Paoli Cemetery  
Curliss William   6/??/1884 Buried unknown cemetery Orange County  
Daugherty Joseph   1/22/1886 Age 70  
DeWitt Sarah   7/20/1889 Age 72  
DeWitt John   3/25/1903 Age 87  
Evans William   6/22/1901 Age 16 Buried Paoli Township.  
Flick William Franklin 7/??/1863 12/20/1923 Buried Moores Ridge Cemetery. Parents: Isaac Flick & Mary J. Baxter; Spouse: Nancy Jane Hobson; (Tom Agan)  
Goodpasture Buchanan   9/5/1934 Age 79y 3m 5d  
Granger Ephraim   4/20/1899 Age 46  Photo
Hammond George W.   8/4/1915 Age 63y 7m 3d. Buried Paoli Cemetery  
Lane Tom   Unknown  
LeeCoon    2/15/1892Age about 58 years Photo
Lewis Elijah   11/19/1916 Age 72y 6m 3d. Buried Stampers Creek Cemetery  
Luttrell Joseph   10/1/1937 Age 89y 2m 22d Photo
Lutrell Eliza     10/29/1938 Age 79y 8m Photo
McKeel William   8/20/1934 Age 56y 4m 10d  
Owens Thomas   11/23/1940 Age 85  
Perry Anna   5/26/1901 Age 26 Buried Paoli Township  
Pipher Silas   5/13/1937 Age 82y 9m 12d  
Purkhisser Elijah   10/29/1885 Age 81 Buried Valeen area  
Raber Sadie   4/24/1940 52y 10m 15d  
Scarlett Elvet   11/3/1886 2y 6m  
Seybold Steve   9/27/1897 Age "Old"  
Slaten John   6/30/1901 Age 68  
Sparks Caroline 1833 3/3/1913 Age 79 Buried Ames Chapel Cemetery, Father: Stephen Sparks, Mother: Polly Gobble . (Marilyn Baxter Martin)  
Stewart Owen   2/2/1899 Age 60  
Stout Amy   1/13/1902 Age 68  
Thacker Belle   7/28/1884 Age 2y 6m. Buried Jackson Township  
Thorp Mary Ann "Polly   4/2/1903 Age 80  
Williams Church   8/30/1898 Age 46  
Williams Robert   10/31/1900 Age 94. Buried Beech Grove Cemetery  
Winegar Edward   8/9/1916 Age 40  
Wininger Isaac M. Abt 1806 1882 Age 76. Born Hawkins County, TN. Son of John Alexander Winegar and Catherine Huffman Winegar. Husband of Araminta King (Charlie Tredway)  
Woods Etta   12/1/1916 Age 32y 11m 1d. Buried Mt. Lebanon Cemetery  
YochumViann Hollowell1/7/1920Photo