My great grandmother and her sisters were also in the St. Patrick's Orphanage in 1910 according to the census. I contacted the Sisters of Mercy to see if they have any records, but I got the following reply
"I looked up what we have on St. Patrick’s we do not have any materials dating to that time period. We have ledgers with lists from the 1870’s and two folders of news clippings and photos from the 1930’s to the sixties with no real information on the orphans that lived there. St. Patrick’s was located in Manchester you may want to check with some of the historical societies and libraries there. Sorry that we could not be of more help."
I received the following brief history from the Manchester Historic Association:
"St. Patrick’s Orphanage for Girls -Run by the Sisters of Mercy. First called St. Mary’s Orphanage for Girls established in 1870 at the corner of Beech and Laurel Streets. In 1874 the Harris estate at the corner of Pine and Hanover was purchased by Father McDonald (First pastor of St. Anne’s Church) and the orphanage was renamed, St. Patrick’s Orphanage. It housed 150 girls who were taught grade school subjects as well as sewing, knitting and homemaking. Officially located 184 Hanover Street. The listing for the orphanage disappears in 1962. The boys’ orphanage which was located right next to St. Patrick’s was the St. Joseph’s Orphanage for Boys that was also run by the Sisters of Mercy."
I've recently been in contact with someone from the New Hampshire Catholic Charities who says they have some orphanage records but they are sparse. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Has anyone had any luck?