A Quick Review
When we left Parmenus W. Simpson, we had traced him through census records to the year 1900. We found that while Parmenus W. was serving in the Civil War he was listed as missing but had made his way home to his parents by 1870. We had also found that his wife, Lucinda, had disappeared after filing for a widows pension and that his pension record in the national archives is missing. We also found him living with or next to his sister, Diademia, in each of the census records.1 We were left with many question about Parmenus W. and Diademia and the missing Lucinda. Then on September 21, I decided to search the pay sight GenealogyBank.com and see if they had an obituary for Parmenus Simpson, they didn't, but instead I found a treasure, the document posted below. It's contents are a bit disturbing and they brought more questions and eventually some answers and tears.
Poorhouse information exists for a Parmeno Simson whose information matches very closely to Parmenus W.8 And so we say goodbye to Parmenus W. Simpson and hello to Permeno Simson/Simpson. Permeno was admitted to the Wyoming County Poorhouse in the Town of Orangeville on November 22, 1907. County records covering the three year period from 1910 through 1912 gets him from age 81 to age 83 as a resident of the poorhouse.9
Permeno Simpson/Simpson died 22 May 1914 12 still an inmate of the poorhouse. He was buried in the Wyoming County Home Cemetery, Varysburg, Wyoming County, New York. His Find A Grave record gives his name as Peremo Simson. His headstone is simply engraved with the number 185.13
|Photo taken by Jim and Elizabeth. Used by permission.|
Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and Ordered to be
Printed September 1, 1922 Publication: Serial Set Vol. No. 7959; Report: H. Rpt. 1203
Source: GenealogyBank.com. This document continued to a second page not shown that
explains that Lucinda was in constant need of aid and support of others and that she owned
no property, had no income and was senile. She received a $30 per month pension. As a
note of interest Lucinda died in July of 1922. Her headstone can be found on Find A Grave,
Memorial #79486424 at: http://www.findagrave.com
3. "United States Census, 1870," index and images,(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHCL-H56 :
accessed 03 Oct 2012), Lucinda S Simpson in household of John Mcknight, Michigan, United
States: citing p. 23, family 176, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 552205.
4. Diademia Simpson http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html Warsaw, The Western New Yorker
1889-1891, Image no. 220 Thursday, 27 Feb 1890 pg. 2 column 2 Bennington News.
5. Parmenas and Diademia Simpson fultonhistory.com Warsaw Western New Yorker 1892-1894a
image no. 480, 26 Apr 1894 pg. 2 col. 4. This article was first brought to my attention by Anita Hayes
see source 6 below for her information.
6. Email from Anita Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org dated 25 Sep 2012. Anita Hayes is a
professional genealogist and historian who charges for her services. Note: The full date of death
is given in the email.
7. P. Simpson http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html Warsaw, The Western New Yorker
1904-1906, Image no. 220 Thursday, 24 Mar 1904 pg. 6 column 4 Bennington News.
8. Email from Linda Conpenelis Schmidt NY_Hummingbird@yahoo.com stating she had found
Permeno Simpson listed in New York Poorhouse records while doing a search on Ancestry.com.+-
9. Journal of the Board of Supervisors of Wyoming County, New York. By Wyoming County (N.Y.).
Board of Supervisors 1910-1912. pages 95, 97 & 200. Available through Google Books:
http://books.google.com/books at http://tiny.cc/26golw
10. Linda Conpenelis Schmidt [See 7 above] first emailed me this information on 23 Sep 2012. I have
since obtained a copy of the image at the FHL in Salt Lake City, Utah through Ancestry.com. Source
Citation: New York State Archives: Albany, New York; Census of Inmates in Almshouses and
Poorhouses, 1875-1921; Series A1978; Reel: A1978:228; No. 583. Source Information: Ancesty.com
New York Census of Inmates in Almshouses [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA Ancestry.com
operations, Inc., 2011 Original data: New York State Board of Charities. Census of Inmates in
Almshouses and Poorhouses 1835-1921 Series A1978 Microfilm, 225 rolls, New York State
Archives, Albany, New York. Description: This database contains an indes and images of records
for residents of poorhouses and almshouses in New York State. Institutions used standard form
that can provide rich detail on inmates. Copyright 2012, The Generation Network, Inc.
11. "United States Census, 1910," index and images,(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MP1Y-3VZ :
accessed 04 Oct 2012), Permeus Simpson in household of Sally Schoonover, Orangeville,
Wyoming, New York; citing sheet 6B, family 139, NARA microfilm publication T624,
FHL microfilm 1375100.
12. Email from Anita Hayes [see 6 above.] Email sent 25 Sep 2012.
13. Permeo Simpson record Find A Grave Memorial #: 83595657. http://www.findagrave.com.
Photo by Jim and Elizabeth on 8 Jun 2012. Photo used by permission and is copyrighted.
Additional information about the 130th New York Volunteer and the 1st Dragoons in which Parmenus W. Simpson served can be found by following these links: http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/rosters/cavalry/1stDragoonsCW_Roster.pdf