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homes for veteran's children

steve papesh (View posts)
Posted: 1 Oct 2001 10:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Does anyone know any information about orphanages established after the Civil War to care for the children of veteran's? I was told that every state had such an institution, but can only find two remaining in the United States---one in Pennsylvania and one in Indiana. Any information on any of the others would be greatly appreciated

Re: homes for veteran's children

Posted: 2 Feb 2002 3:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 May 2002 4:19AM GMT
what do you know about the home in indiana i was told that my grandmother was in the one in ind.is there any way that i can find out about her father my name is reva my e-mail address is allsupcatchme@aol.com

Re: homes for veteran's children

Mary Jean (View posts)
Posted: 12 Feb 2003 6:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
try this site, she has a lot of orphanages listed.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~orphanshome/

Re: homes for veteran's children

Posted: 6 Apr 2010 5:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes - Iowa had one in Glenwood in Mills County on the far western side of the state. You can read about it by clicking on the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_Institution_for_Feeble-Min...

While it was originally established as a state funded Civil War Orphan's home, in a few short years it became the Iowa State Asylum for Feeble Minded Children. It had a pretty horrible history and became a place where people dumped their children, either because they couldn't handle them or couldn't afford them.

I found that my Great-Grandmother had been listed there in the 1880 Census as an "inmate". 9 years later she was married to my Great-Granddad. I called the institution as it still exists today under a far more socially acceptable name. They have records from the 1800's and I called to find out who put my G Grandma there. They claimed she was never there until I provided photos of the actual census documents. They relented that some of the children on the page they had records for and some not - claiming they must have been remnants from when the institution was an orphanage for Civil War Soldier's Children. When I pointed out the Civil War had ended 8 years before her birth, I got a shrug. All of the family records show that she was a sweet, kind and hard working woman who raised three normal children and cared for a successful husband. Nothing indicates she was developmentally disabled in any way, so I suspect she was a victim of harsh financial times for her parents post war and she was "dumped" there.

Thus is the history of this fine institution!

Re: homes for veteran's children

Posted: 12 Aug 2010 10:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Do you have the phone # for the institution? What is it called today? How were you able to find out your Great-Grandmother was there in an 1880 census? How did you even begin looking to know that? Was her name changed? I'm trying to find a family member who I know was sent away, but we're not sure where to or if his name was changed. So far I'm unable to locate any information on him. Thank you so much for the post and hope to hear from you soon.

Lynnette

Re: homes for veteran's children

Posted: 13 Aug 2010 6:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Could anyone tell me more about the home in Indiana and where I would find records,Please? My Great grandmother was an orphan and she was raised in the Indiana/Illinois area.Iam unable to find anything about her.Just says on 1900 census that she came from the New York Foundling Asylum Hospital and that she never knew her parents.Iam thinking she may have been sent to Indiana to be taken in by a family.I know the family but cannot find much on them.I want to see if there is any records on that family taking her in,then maybe I could know who she is.

Re: homes for veteran's children

Posted: 30 May 2012 12:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was a Iowa Soldier's Orphanage in Davenport, Iowa. They changed the name to Annie Wittenmeyer Home. It is now closed.

Re: homes for veteran's children

Posted: 1 Jan 2013 3:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
There was one here in Franklin NH that my Grand father and his siblings were placed after my grt.grn. father after he came home for the Civil war. Back then it was called "The Golden Rule" Childrens home in Franklin NH later it changed to the "Daniel Websters Childrens Home" If you google Daniel Webster's Childrens home You'll find more information. it is not running now just the buildens left. Good Searching. David Newton
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