There were a number of institutions at that time period-
one was the Genesee Poor House, and up until the 1840s, Wyoming co. residents were also
housed there-so you would likely need to check Wyoming co. records.
I have researched the Genesee Poor House records, but I don't see his name(which
still doesn't mean he wasn't there)-
there is an Erastus Emerson, for example, who was taken to Utica in 1853, due to insanity
condition. So your Emerson could have been transferred there, or another asylum, such as
one at Rochester.
You could check newspapers of that time-period, they often noted when people were
transferred in/out of hospitals and institutions.
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----- Original Message -----
From: d bruce emerson
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 9:19 AM
Subject: [NYWYOMIN] Lafayette EMERSON
Lafayette EMERSON was born in 1832 in Gainesville, NY. He was the son of John and Polly
Emerson. He is listed in the 1850 Federal census with the note INSANE. The family
migrated to LaGrange County, IN about 1853 but there is no record of Lafayette
moving with them.
Was there an institution of any sort in Western New York, at that time, where an insane
person may have been sent? Are there records to check?
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
D. Bruce Emerson