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Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 28 Dec 2008 2:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: bray, page, mcgovern, dalton, sweeney
I am cross-posting this from a different board:

Hi. I am looking for information on my grandmother's childhood and I seem to have come to something of a puzzle.

The house on 24 Water Street in Winchester, as stated on the deed, was owned/built by a Ms. Annie McGovern, in 1915. The Dalton family, Cecelia Agnes (Sweeney), Edward Francis, and their daughter Mary Elizabeth were moved in here by 1930. This family took in Wards of the State, including my nana. However, they only took in girls.

In Woburn, MA on 44 Chestnut street lived a Ms. Bridget McGovern. Not only did she take in male wards of the state, but she happened to have my nana's brother.

I can not find any information on Annie other than what I found on the house's deed and all I know about Bridget is the very limited information I foudn on the 1930 census. I could not find 24 Water Street on the 1920 or 1910 census but if someone can find it, I would be interested to see.

From what I can gather, these families, including my nana's, were all Irish immigrants who all knew one another. I am looking up anything I can to be able to have as clear a picture as possible of what was going on here.

Re: Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 5 Sep 2009 12:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, My name is J.J. McGovern, I came across your post, while researching my Family history, while sorting through my father's childhood, I came across some information you might find helpful. My father William P. McGovern was listed as an "Inmate" at the Lyman Boys School in Westborough Massachusetts. It was in operation from (1848-1971) There were approximately 490 people listed as living there.

Re: Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 27 Jun 2010 11:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Galloway, Salloway, Coughlin, Kerr, Murray
I came across your posts on ancestry.com, and though I'm afraid I have no information on your particular famlies, I am more than curious to discover how to find records on orphanages? I seem to run into endless brick walls. I'm searching for info on my Gt Aunt Bettie, who was an orphan,and, in 1920, was in Plymouth Co., MA-Brockton as a State Ward at the State Farm-she is age 17, where she is listed as Elizabeth Salloway(or possibly 'Galloway') (b:1903) who married my uncle Murray Kerr. She had been a ward of a widow named Catharine Coughlin (and her daughter, Catharine)Franklin Co, MA, in 1910. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. Barb

Re: Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 27 Jun 2010 8:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Barb,
Unfortunately I have had little success since my posting. I was able to access the birth records of my nana and her siblings but I'm not sure if you will run into the same difficulty as I did. The birth records were sealed, I believe, because there was no father listed, not because they were wards. I would reccomend looking up Gertie's birth record if you haven't already. If you can go to the town where she was born, also see if you can look up potential siblings that could have also been wards. I don't know about your specific situation and how different it is from mine but these are things I did.

Re: Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 12:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for this info. Very interesting.
Barb

Re: Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 9 Apr 2011 5:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am also looking for info on an ancester. My husband's great grandmother whom was adopted in Chelsea, Mass. How can I access birth records from Mass?

Re: Wards of the State in Middlesex, MA

Posted: 4 May 2011 2:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
contact the state archives in Boston. It is right along side of UMass on 93 (Ithink) going into Boston. My gr-mother had a child & put her up for adoption in 1920 or so. The state has lifted the sealed adoptions I THINK b4 1930. there are rules & procedures to follow, but I dont recall what they were because another family member had the information & followed up on it. You have to be a next of kin, I do remember that. good luck. post if you are successful.
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