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Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 14 Feb 2006 5:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
A GG Grandmother of mine is Mary Elizabeth Turner Frank. She was born and raised in the Mobile area, married in 1860 to Capt Thomas Jefferson Frank, had at least 4 children ( the last died in infancy around 1868).

While trying to locate her in a 1870 or 1880 census, I learned that she became a patient of this hospital, I assume she died there in 1893. He extended family must have attended to her because she is buried in a family plot in Minneapolis.

In any case since the family NEVER shared this detail about Mary, I was contemplating ordering copies of what records they have for her. Has anyone had luck with gaining access to records so far back and are they sticklers for proving next of kin. I know I am but with lack of records, cant really prove it.

Also, who would have paid for her care at the time??? Family, government, state???

Thanks for any direction and information,

Sue

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 12 May 2006 1:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Aug 2006 1:17AM GMT
I also had a family member ar Bryce Hospital and have learned that it was not only for the "insane". It also was used to house people that had TB and other illnesses. I have not tried to get records from them but I have been told they will work with people if they can. My family member had TB and was there for several years but went home to die. He died in 1903.

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Sue (View posts)
Posted: 12 May 2006 3:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
I did go ahead and sent in my request for getting the medical file of my ancester. I am waiting a response from Bryce.

I have no idea what I will find and how well documented it will be. I will be thrilled for whatever I learn.

I did learn that when her husband died, there is no mention in his obit of her existance, only mentions his children, family must have been embarresed as to what happened to her, it is as though she had died before him, but his death cert clearly states he was married at the time of his death.

Thanks for the TB info. It will be interesting to see what I can gather from very early years.

Sue

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 6 Jun 2006 7:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sue, were you able to get any information? I found out my GGrandmother was put there because she was blind. I also found out she was buried there, but the graveyard was disrupted when a new road was put in. Haven't been able to get a death certificate on her or find her in a census there. Let me know if you were able to obtain any records.

Mary Hughes Butler


Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 6 Jun 2006 10:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Mary,

I sent my authozation well over a month ago, I am still waiting to hear something from them. I assume what they will tell me is the cost, then I have to send the money and then they will send me the copies of her file. If I have it wrong, please someone let me know.

Sue

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 13 Jul 2006 3:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
I finally get my response from Bryce. Because my ancesters records were so far back I did not get zerox pages of her file. What I got was a letter that summarized her confinement. Turns out she was declared insane her condition never improved and she died there.

Very sad to say the least.

HTH,

Sue

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Mary Hughes Butler (View posts)
Posted: 13 Jul 2006 8:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sue, could you send me the address you sent your letter to. I am trying to get permission to visit my GGrandmother's grave there. I was told I had to submit a request and would be escorted to the grave site or brick with number on it.
I am sorry you didn't get more information. At least, you did get something.

Mary

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 13 Jul 2006 8:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Mary,

I would probably call you may not need to complete paperwork like I had to.

Here is the contact number on the letter I received
205-759-0773.

HTH,

Sue

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 31 Jul 2006 3:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

What is the name of the relative you are searching for. I am seeking GGrandmother same time frame. Have found Bryce people to be very helpful.

BJ Johnson

Re: Ordering records from Bryce Hospital/Alabama Home for the Insane from 1870-1893

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 3:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cartledge
I am looking for information for Mary Elizabeth Cartledge. I do not know when she actually arrived at Bryce, but I do show her as a resident in the 1900 Census and Alabama Deaths lists her as dying at Bryce in 1916.

I will probably give Bryce a call to see what they may be able to help with.

If anyone is looking for information on this individual, let me know and I will share what (if anything) I find out.

Thanks for all the help from the previous posters!

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