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Children's Home Society of ohio

Children's Home Society of ohio

Barbara Lewis (View posts)
Posted: 8 Oct 2000 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGown, Lewis, Beedy, Sherwood
Does anyone have any infromation on the Children's Home
Society of Ohio which was located 38 W. 1st Ave., in
Franklin Co. Frank H. Darby was State Supt. I would like
to find what happened to the records from there. My husband's two Uncles were adopted from there sometime after
March 1896. Lemuel McGown or McGowan b. Dec 23, 1886 &
Earl McGown b. Nov. 8, 1890. Both were born in Washington
C.H., Ohio & transferred the Children's Home there.

Re: Children's Home Society of ohio

Posted: 8 Apr 2013 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Litzenberg
I am waiting for information from the Ohio Historical Society regarding the Children's Home Society of Ohio. I think my Dad may have been there before being taken in by a couple in Henry County, Ohio. I have been lead to believe that the records are now in their custody.

Please let me know if you are still looking for records from here and I will share whatever information I may receive.

Dora

Re: Children's Home Society of ohio

Posted: 1 Sep 2013 4:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Litzenberg
The information that the Ohio Historical Society provided about my Dad who was in the Children's Home Society in Columbus and his adoption, subsequent return, and then fostered out has been more than I could ever have hoped to find. The cost of $25 with additional charge for photocopies was a small price to pay for the information and the insight I gained into my Dad's very unhappy and bewildering childhood. If you haven't contacted them, it might be well worth a try.

Dora

Re: Children's Home Society of ohio

Posted: 26 Mar 2015 10:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
The owner died...the daughter, whom was also adopted, burned all the records. We have open records in Ohio now. File with the Ohio Vital Statistics. if you need more info, let me know

Re: Children's Home Society of ohio

Posted: 29 Mar 2015 5:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dora,
I am on a hunt for records from this institution. I have several correspondences from F.H. Darby to my 2 times Great Grandfather in regards to children he has available to adopt. I would like to find out if the two children he adopted did indeed come from The Children's Home Society of Ohio. Did the papers you received have the birth parents on them?

Thank you!
Michelle Shaw

Re: Children's Home Society of ohio

Posted: 9 Apr 2015 12:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
I would love a little more help with how to apply to vital records. I called vital records and they said Ohio did not keep track of adoptions before 1930, except in a 1900 Maryland census report I show 2 children who are "adopted" and both children are said to be both mother and father from Ohio. I have adoption conversation papers with F.H. Darby from The Children's Home Society of Ohio talking about the adoption process and what type of child they have available to adopt. Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks,
Michelle Shaw

Re: Children's Home Society of ohio

Posted: 7 Dec 2015 6:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Michelle, I'm not sure if you'll see this but in my family, my husband's great-grandfather always maintained he was "sold" at the Ohio State Fair. I talked to the Ohio State Fair people just on a whim and it was absolutely true that the Children's Home Society of Ohio did in fact, offer on the spot "adoptions". There was an article in the Columbus Dispatch in 1902 that said "BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!" and talked about how "good people" could come to the fair to "adopt" these boys. It is even talked about in a book in 2002 by the fair historian called "The History of the Ohio State Fair" by C. LaVon Shook. In the case of my husband's family, we can find absolutely NO records at all showing him being taken from his family and placed in a children's home nor any official adoption paper. He maintained all his life he and his older brother were not raised as sons but as a farm hands. He is missing from all the federal censuses from 1920-1940 when he finally resurfaces with his own family. I don't think in his particular case there were any "official papers". It seems very shady and scandalous. I was shocked to find out the Ohio State Fair even acknowledged it happened. This situation might apply in your search as well. There might not BE anything official that you will find sadly.
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