The term Almshouse better explains it, although I have never heard that term either. This Ethel McGhee married James White in 1900. From what I have been told, Ethel and the 4 girls stayed at this home for an undisclosed amount of time. I knew not of 6 children, only the 4. Ethel met a man named EZ Sharp, and later married. Ethel later moved to Georgia with Harriet J, Jennie M, Mary M "Maggie", and Pearl. They all resided in Georgia until their passing. My great grandmother always said that they had lived in an orphanage type home when she was younger, and that she basically grew up there until the move to Georgia.