In the earliest days of Kentucky, the goal of dealing with paupers was to keep them from becoming a charge upon the county. Prior to the establishment of county poorhouses, local residents bid on the care of each individual pauper and cared for the pauper, usually in the resident's home.
In 1821 "An Act authorising the county courts to erect houses for the accommodation of their Poor" was approved. The county court was also given the power to appoint a fit person to superintend those who were in the poorhouse and to receive a reasonable fee for his services. Those wishing to be in charge at the poorhouse farm, placed a bid with the lowest bidder becoming the "winner." No experience was required, but there were periodic reviews.
The order sending paupers to the poorhouses is often recorded in the county court order book (court minutes). In addition, you might find a list of poorhouse inmates on the census records. Lyon County poorhouse paupers can be found on the 1880 Lyon County, Kentucky census . The head of the household was J.W. Warfield, Supervisor of the Poor House. The inmates of the poorhouse on the 21st of June 1880 were:
Sam Dyer, Black, Male, age 89, born Virginia, parents born Virginia.
Jas. Lady, White, Male, age 70, birthplace illegible, father born Virginia, mother born North Carolina.
Geo. Moneymaker, White, Male, age 37, born Kentucky, parents' birthplaces not given.
Fanny Oliver, White, Female, age 35, born Kentucky, parents born Kentucky.
Rilla Goins, White, Female, age 19, born Kentucky, parents born Kentucky.
Lilly Goins, White, Female, age 12, born Kentucky, parents born Kentucky.
Nancy Oliver, White, Female, age 4, born Kentucky, parents born Kentucky.
Alone Sells, White, Female, age 1, born Kentucky, parents born Kentucky.
 Digest of the Statute Laws of Kentucky, Vol. II, (1834) p. 1325, referencing Session Acts, p. 385.
 1880 Lyon County, Kentucky Census, Eddyville, Page 8C, E.D. 141, image 0018, Ancestry.com, accessed 27 September 2016.
Published 22 December 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/