State Mental Hospital, Milledgeville Georgia

Inmates from Whitfield County, Georgia 1853-1870

Powell Building, the main building, 1894

Photo courtesy of Vanishing Georgia

This Mental Hospital was apparently considered to be the largest in the world from 1837 (its announcement of opening was 1842 by the Governor) to the 1950s.  The records are from March 1853 however, and there were 355 patients prior to the earliest volume of records.  Keep in mind that not everyone who was in this hospital was "insane".  Some people were stroke victims, senile, physically deformed, epileptic, those with chronic disease, or just unwanted by their families.  After the Civil War, it also included soldiers who were maimed physically and/or mentally by War.  The records  hold more information and if you find a relative, please look for more details at the Georgia Archives in Morrow.  There may also be information in Whitfield County's Court records.

 

Rear of Women's Convalescent Building, 1894

Courtesy of Vanishing Georgia

 

Source of data below: The Georgia Black Book, Vol 1 by Robert Scott Davis Jr., 1982

 

Samuel L Ward (inmate # 365), admitted 6 May 1853

William Drake (inmate 397), admitted 28 Feb 1854

Mrs Mary (S or J) Jones (inmate # 572), admitted 20 June 1857

Jules Lefler alias Bernadotte (inmate 811), admitted 10 May 1860

Wilson M Chapman (inmate 828), admitted 14 June 1860

Joseph H Long (page 1, Book 3), admitted 9 Oct 1860

 

 

African American Building, 1894

Courtesy of Vanishing Georgia

 

 

Convalescent Males Building, 1894

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