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Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Posted: 28 Mar 2004 12:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Mar 2004 6:39PM GMT
Surnames: Kelly
I am trying to find out info about my grandfather Gurney William Kelly. He and his siblings were brought up in orphanage homes, ande sent to many farms to work as he was growing up. He was born 1912. I need to find a home that may have a list of childrens names, or anything i can find out would help. Thanks

Re: Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Posted: 20 Jul 2005 4:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm not an expert on North Carolina research, so I can't help answer a question involving "near Lenoir Co." But I was able to check each city and town in the 1982 book titled, "Adoption Agencies, Orphanages and Maternity Homes--An Historical Directory." Each city and town has its county specified.

Only one entry in this state was in (not near) Lenoir County: Kennedy Home, in Kinston, NC. In 1977 it was called The Kennedy Home of the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, Inc. The book says it opened in 1914, which is after the year mentioned in your query. The Kennedy Home was a branch of the Mills Home in Thomasville.

Your grandfather should be listed in the federal census of 1920, which was indexed by name under the Soundex system. Perhaps it shows the name of the orphanage.

Reg Niles

Re: Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Posted: 17 Aug 2005 4:48PM GMT
Edited: 30 Aug 2005 9:21PM GMT

Re: Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Posted: 18 Aug 2005 3:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Three orphanages are listed in my 1982 book at Raleigh.

A 1934 source lists Catholic Orphanage for Boys, near Raleigh. In 1927 it had merged with St. Ann?s Orphanage in Belmont. A combined citation for 1933 and 1932 says Catholic Orphanage, no address, in Nazareth, NC.

The 1933 census lists The Methodist Orphanage, no address, Raleigh. It was owned by the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church. As far as I know, names of children were not collected for the 1933 census---just statistics.

The Wake County Detention Home, in Raleigh, was too small for inclusion in my book.

I have no entries for Blowing Rock---but I cannot say it won?t turn up if and when the text of my book is digitized and made computer-searchable. In the meantime, saying a home is "near Blowing Rock" is not helpful to me---I am not an expert in the geography of North Carolina or any other state. I can look up Blowing Rock, but I cant?t look up "Near Blowing Rock."

The following bibliographic citation might be of interest if you have access to a library that has the book :

UNITED STATES. Census, Bureau of the. "Children under Institutional Care and in Foster Homes, 1933: Dependent and Neglected Children under the Care of Public and Private Institutions or Agencies, Not Including Juvenile Delinquents," prepared under the supervision of Dr. Leon E. Truesdell. Washington, D.C.: Govt. Print. Off., 1935. iv, 125 p. The bulk of the book (p. 63-124) has title: "Statistics for Individual Institutions," and is arranged by state, thereunder by auspices: state, county, religious, etc. Omits street addresses of institutions.

I have the names of most of the libraries that purchased my 1982 book titled, "Adoption Agencies, Orphanages and Maternity Homes--An Historical Directory." If you need to read it and believe the library in your area hasn?t discarded the book (to make shelf space for new books), I can refer you a library that bought the book, if you send me an e-mail and tell me where you live. My e-mail address will be displayed if you click on my underlined name where it says "Author."

Reg Niles

Re: Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Posted: 10 Jan 2010 2:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bass
The Oxford Children's Orphanage annual reports for 1900, 1908 and 1938 are available online, complete with the names of children living there. Good luck! My grandmother and her siblings were also in an orphanage in N.C. There surname was Bass. If you should run into them, please let me know.

Re: Orphanage near Lenoir Co., NC-1912?

Posted: 6 Mar 2012 10:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
North Carolina Orphanages

Prior to the Civil War, North Carolina law dealt with destitute orphans by placing them in the county poorhouse or "indenture" to learn a trade. Orphan Asylum Societies were established in North Carolina in early 1800's. The Female Orphan Asylum of Fayetteville was established in 1813. They are believed to be "short Lived"
Following the Civil War many children were orphaned and destitute. In 1868, The Constitution of North Carolina provided for the establishment of orphan houses to care for, educate, and teach a business or trade to destitute orphans. The Indenture system "apprenticeship" continued until the early twentieth century.
The First Orphanage: The Oxford Masonic Orphanage in Oxford, was established in 1873 by John Mills and occupied the abandoned Masonic, St. John’s College. It was the sole orphanage in North Carolina until 1885.
The Second Orphanage: Mills resigned from the Oxford Masonic Orphanage and Established the first North Carolina Baptist orphanage in 1885 on an eighty-acre parcel (later 100 acres) near Thomasville, Davidson County. At some point it became "The Mills Home". By 1912 "Mills Home" housed over four hundred (400) orphans.
The Third Orphanage: The Colored Oxford Orphan Asylum in Oxford opened in 1883. Currently Central Children’s Home of North Carolina
By 1899 There were ten fraternal, denominational, and county-maintained orphanages operated in the state;
In 1929 there were thirty (30) in operation. Among the largest in 1929 were:
1. The Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, founded in 1909 on the 212-acre site of the Davis military academy
2. The Catholic Orphanage of North Carolina (Nazareth House), established on a farm near Raleigh in 1902
3. Elon Home for Children, Elon, established in 1909 on 111 acres
4. Falcon Children’s Home, Falcon, established in 1909
5. Junior Order of the United American Mechanics (UAM) Orphan’s Home, Lexington, established in 1924
6. Methodist Home for Children, Raleigh, established in 1900 on forty-five acres
7. The Thompson Children’s Home, Charlotte, established in 1886.
8. The Kennedy House, Kinston, Lenoir County established 1912-1920 on 1,240 acres
While referrals to the orphanages often came through churches, children in need were accepted with no restrictions.
Orphanage staffs were led by a superintendent, generally a minister for religious institutions. His wife often served as the chief matron. Most staff lived on campus, Houseparents in the cottages with the children and the Superintendent in his own house. Houseparents ate with the students either in the cottages or in a central dining room. In 1920s earlier restrictions that children be full orphans "lost both parents" gives way to acceptance of half orphans or children from broken homes. In the 1930s admission of babies came under criticism. In response, children of less than school age were generally no longer admitted. By 1950 the Mills Home in Thomasville and the Kennedy Home, Kinston cared for 522 children of whom, only 84 were full orphans.
North Carolina Historic Orphanages: some have closed, others have moved to new locations. Nazareth Orphanage and the Methodist Home in Raleigh have closed. The Elon Home for Children has become Elon University. The Kennedy Memorial Home, the Mills Home, Oxford Orphanage, the Central Children’s Home of North Carolina in Oxford and the Junior Order UAM Home (now American Children’s Home) remain open on their original campuses. The Thompson Children’s Home in Charlotte has moved to a rural campus.
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