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orphanage in manchester

Posted: 1 Jun 2010 6:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
has anyone ever heard of St. Patrick's Girls Home in Manchester? Was there an equivalent boys home also? My father's 3 girl cousins were there in 1910 but I haven't located their younger brother in that census. Their father was still living so i don't know why they'd have been in an orphanage to begin with.

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 7 Jan 2011 10:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, my Mom was in St. Patrick's school for girls on Hanover St. The boy's orphanage was St. Joseph's. I also cannot get any information.
Doris

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 9 Jan 2011 6:34AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for the information. I checked into St. Josephs and found the person I was looking for ! Appreciate your reply!

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 27 Jan 2012 9:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, I happened across your old post regarding your father's 3 female cousins at St. Patrick's Orphanage 1910, and have a very similar situation. My grandmother and her two sisters were there in 1920 and one of their brothers was at St. Joseph's. Their father was also living at the time, so I wondered why they were put into an orphanage. Did you ever find any additional information? I'm wondering if records kept by the orphanage are available somewhere?

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 28 Jan 2012 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
I read somewhere that it wasn't unusual for a dad to put the kids onto an orphanage if they were small and the mother died. They called them "half-orphans". I guess back in those days dads didn't do the child-care thing like nowadays! It's possible the orphanage if it still exists might have records that far back, but I've never checked into that!

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 28 Jan 2012 4:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
The orphanage was on 184 Hanover st., but does not exsist any more. I have tried getting records information from the Library, the Historical Society, the Catholic Diocese. No one knows where they are located. My Mother's Mother was not married at the time and also worked at the Mills and could not care for her and so put her in the St. Patrick's Orphanage. When she was 15 or 16 she went back home to live.
They never were close, Mom married and they never spoke again.

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 3:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks very much for your reply, I appreciate the response. I'm glad at least to have the census information but I was hoping to find out how long my grandmother was in the orphanage.

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 11:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
St Patricks orphanage was on Hanover and Pine St in Manchester. My mother was there and said many children in the orphanage at the time had parents that would come to see them occasionally. Especially during the depression many parents could not afford to care for all their children especially the little ones that did not work or could not keep care of themselves. My mother was their from 1926 until she graduated from high school in 1944.

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 8 Aug 2012 3:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 15 Aug 2012 5:19PM GMT
My great grandmother and her sisters were also in the St. Patrick's Orphanage in 1910 according to the census. I contacted the Sisters of Mercy to see if they have any records, but I got the following reply

"I looked up what we have on St. Patrick’s we do not have any materials dating to that time period. We have ledgers with lists from the 1870’s and two folders of news clippings and photos from the 1930’s to the sixties with no real information on the orphans that lived there. St. Patrick’s was located in Manchester you may want to check with some of the historical societies and libraries there. Sorry that we could not be of more help."

I received the following brief history from the Manchester Historic Association:

"St. Patrick’s Orphanage for Girls -Run by the Sisters of Mercy. First called St. Mary’s Orphanage for Girls established in 1870 at the corner of Beech and Laurel Streets. In 1874 the Harris estate at the corner of Pine and Hanover was purchased by Father McDonald (First pastor of St. Anne’s Church) and the orphanage was renamed, St. Patrick’s Orphanage. It housed 150 girls who were taught grade school subjects as well as sewing, knitting and homemaking. Officially located 184 Hanover Street. The listing for the orphanage disappears in 1962. The boys’ orphanage which was located right next to St. Patrick’s was the St. Joseph’s Orphanage for Boys that was also run by the Sisters of Mercy."

I've recently been in contact with someone from the New Hampshire Catholic Charities who says they have some orphanage records but they are sparse. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Has anyone had any luck?

Re: orphanage in manchester

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 8:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hoping any info you receive on the St. Patrick's Orphanage,
you will let me know. I can't get anything either.
Thanks
Doris
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