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POSEY COUNTY, INDIANA ORPHANS

Listings found in

COMMISSIONER RECORDS [1898-1946]

 

Compiled by

Gloria Cox

Poseyville, Indiana

(See footnotes at end of table for more information.)

 

ALDRICH, IVAN

May have used other spellings of last name), taken from Posey Co. to INDIANA CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY, INDIANAPOLIS Aug. 27, 1908 aged 6.  Last entry 6/1/1910 says placed in a home.  There are several entries where he was placed in private homes and returned.

 

 

ALLSWORTH, CATHERINE

May have simply been a court ward.  Aged 15, Mar 14, 1931.  A July 25 entry says from HOLTON to MT. VERNON and back.

 

 

ALLISON, CARL

INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY earliest date is Nov. 1, 1911, aged 10.  Several clothing allowances, and entry June 28, 1916 says sent to MRS. WERKS SCHOOL at PLYMOUTH.

 

 

ALLISON, LILLIAN

First entry 1911, aged 7, sent to CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY of INDIANA.  Various entries on her.  One says she was 4 in 1911, spent some time in the JULIA WORK TRAINING SCHOOL, last entry June 30, 1921 say sent to home of LOUIS FITZGERALD in POSEY COUNTY and that she was pregnant.

 

 

ALLISON, NORA

First entry 1911, aged 7, apparently sent to JULIA WORK TRAINING SCHOOL, 1917, went back to BRIGHT SIDE TRAINING SCHOOL at PLYMOUTH 6/11/1923.  Apparently had been returned to Posey Co. prior to June 18, 1926 when she was returned to the Court.  Last entry July 16-17 sent to home of GOOD SHEPHARD in INDIANAPOLIS a MATERNITY HOME.

 

 

BACON, ANNA

Aged 5 mo., Mar. 31, 1903 – INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY entry say brought Mar. 9, 1903 and placed in home that same day.

 

 

BARNET, WALTER

Taken to WHITES INSTITUTE Apr. 1, 1903, discharged Apr 18, 1904.

 

 

BARNETT, ABIJAH

April 1903 taken from POSEY COUNTY, to WHITES INSTITUTE, discharged Apr. 18, 1904.

 

 

BOYD, MATTIE

First entry 1898, says aged 5.  Taken to WHITES INSTITUTE, discharged 5/11/1910.

 

 

BRICKENS, EVA

Aged 4, 1898, WHITES INSTITUTE, only other entry 1899, aged 5.

 

 

BROOK, GLADYS

INDIANA ORPHAN ASLYUM, first entry May 1, 1929 says she is aged 13, last entry June 1930, from BETHEL TWP.

 

 

BROOKS, HENRY

INDIANA ORPHANS ASLYUM, first entry Jan. 1, 1929 says he is 10, last entry June 1930, BETHEL TWP.

 

 

BROWN, BURNICE

INDIANA ORPHANS ASLYUM, first entry Dec. 31, 1928 last entry May 1935.

 

 

BROWN, DORIS

INDIANA ORPHANS ASLYUM, date taken June 30, 1928, last entry 1937.

 

 

BROWN, LEO

Many entries, earliest 1904, says taken to INDIANA CHILDDRENS HOME SOCIETY with defective sight, entry Mar 31, 1905 says aged 5 and at INDIANA CHILDRENS RECEIVING HOME, also says eyes straightened, Sept. 30, 1906 says very dull lad, sent to BLIND INSTITUTE, last entry 7/26/1910 says placed in a home.

 

 

BROWN, OTTO

 Jun 1904 sent to ORPHANS HOME, INDIANAPOLIS from CENTER TWP.

 

 

BROWN, RAYMOND

Taken June 1928 to INDIANA ORPHANS HOME, INDIANAPOLIS back in POSEY COUNTY, Dec. 1935.

 

 

BROWN, ROBERT

Taken June 1928 to INDIANA ORPHANS HOME, INDIANAPOLIS back in POSEY COUNTY, Dec. 1935.

 

 

BROWN, RUBY

Taken to INDIANA ORPHANS HOME, INDIANAPOLIS, first billing Dec. 31, 1928, back in POSEY CO. Dec 1935.

 

 

CAMPBELL, ROBERT

1913 CHILDRENS HOME ASSOCIATION OF DELWARE CO., IND.  last entry date May 1914.

 

 

CHAPMAN, CARRIE

Aged 10 taken to WHITES INSTITUTE, 2/24/1899 says placed in home of THOMAS COOK at LOGAN, DEARBORN CO.

 

 

CHAPMAN, CLEVA

Aged 13, WHITES INSTITUTE, last entry says 2/24/1899 placed with J. H. HUDLESTON of GUILFORD aged 14.

 

 

CLAYTON, GOLDIA

INDIANA ORPHAN ASYLUM, Sept. 30, 1922.

 

 

COX, EDWARD

May thru Dec. 1935 kept by CHARLES SUGGS may have been a court ward.

 

 

COX, ELIZABETH

May thru Dec. 1935 kept by ELIZABETH SUGGS may have been a court ward.

 

 

COX, LEONARD

May thru Dec. 1935 kept by CHARLES SUGGS may have been a court ward.

 

 

COX, LOUELLA

May thru Dec. 1935 kept by CHARLES SUGGS may have been a court ward.

 

 

COX, WILLIAM

May thru Dec. 1935 kept by ELIZABETH SUGGS may have been a court ward.

 

 

CURRY, JOHNNY

WHITES INSTITUTE 1901 thru Dec. 29, 1906.

 

 

CURRY, ALBERT

Sent Oct. 1913 to CHILDRENS HOME ASSOCIATION OF DELWARE CO., entries through Sept. 1, 1914, when says taken to FT. WAYNE.

 

 

CURTIS, DORIS

Sent Dec. 4, 1927 to INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, son of IVA CURTIS, entries for clothing through 1932. 

 

 

CURTIS, FLOYD

Nov 11, 1913 sent to INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME ASSOCIAION OF DELWARE CO.?

 

 

DAILY, IDA

WHITES INSTITUTE aged 9, 1899, earliest entry 1898.

 

 

DAILY, LEWIS

WHITES INSTITUTE 1898.

 

 

DAILY, LOUISA

INDIANA BOARD OF CHARITIES Feb. 28, 1898, travel expenses sent from WHITES INSTITUTE to GAS CITY.  Placed with MRS. REBECCA PRICE.

 

 

DAVIS, ALVERA

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, 1913, Sept. 1914.

 

 

DAVIS, BESSIE

Taken 1902 to WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

DAVIS, ELLA

Taken 1902 to WHTIES INSTITUTE.

 

 

DAVIS, ELVIRA

1914 INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, taken to N. MANCHESTER Mar. 31, 1915

 

 

DAVIS, LIZZIE

1901 – 1902 WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

DAVIS, ROBERT

1912 INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM.

 

 

DAVIS, THEODORE

First entry 1912 INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, 1915 date says taken to NORTH MANCHESTER, last entry July 25, 1930 taken from HOLTON to MT. VERNON and returned.

 

 

DREW, HOSEA

1901 – 1903 WHITES INSTITUTE, Mar. 5, 1903 travel expenses to RICHMOND.

 

 

DREW, IRVIN

1901 – 1907 WHITES INSTITUTE, discharged Sept. 8, 1907 aged 10.

 

 

DREW, MAY

1901 WHITES INSTITUTE, discharged Apr. 11, 1902.

 

 

DREW, OMA

1901 WHITES INSTITUTE, 1902 lists travel expenses.

 

 

DREW, VIRGIL

May 7, 1910 sent to BOYS REFORM SCHOOL, Dec. 30, 1910 kept by CAROL UTLEY.

 

 

DUFFON, OLA

Sent to INDIANA GIRLS SCHOOL, an examination bill dated Apr. 12, 1910.

 

 

ELSWORTH, CATHARINE

Jan. 29, 1929 transportation, Mar. 14, 1931 dress bought for, place of keep not listed.

 

 

EMMERSON, NELLIE

May 1935 kept by MARY GROSS of MT. VERNON, may have been court ward.

 

 

EMORY, MABLE

INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY, taken Jan. 27, 1907, age 3, says place in a home Mar. 2, 1907.

 

 

FISHER, ELIZA JANE

Taken to SOLDIERS and SAILORS ORPHANS HOME at KNIGHTSTOWN, Aug. 12, 1893.

 

 

FRANKLIN, HAROLD M

INDIANA CHILDRENS RECEIVING HOME, Dec. 1904, aged 5 weeks, says placed in a home Mar. 2, 1907.

 

 

GORING, CLARANCE

1899, WHITES INSTITUTE, aged 14.

 

 

GORING, CLYDE

1899, WHITES INSTITUTE, aged 12.

 

 

GORING, VIRGIL

1899, WHITES INSTITUTE, aged 9.

 

 

GREENE, JAMES

1927 – 1928 INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM.

 

 

GREEN, JOSEPH?

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, Mar. 31, 1928.

 

 

GRISSLEY, ETHEL

WHITES INSTITUTE, 1899, aged 4.

 

 

HARRARD, children

STEWARTSVILLE, not technically orphans, mother still living, had been wards of court at one time, returned to mother’s guardianship in early 1930’s.

 

 

HAYES, IRENE

WHITES INSTITUTE, entered 5/27/1906, says had bad eyes, discharged 4/23/1910, age 17.

 

 

HAYES, LUCILLE

Many entries, seems to have been sent around 1906 at age 2, she was deaf and retarded, sent first to INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, later to WHITES INSTITUTE, finally to SCHOOL for the DEAF and last clothing entry was Sept. 1919.

 

 

HOLLEMAN, HARRISON

Sent Nov. 12, 1898 to WHITES INSTITUTE, 1899 entry says aged 11.

 

 

HOLLEY, CHARLES

Sept. 1931, aged 7, kept by MRS. WILLIAM MACKEY, may have been a court ward.

 

 

HOLLEY, FRANCIS

Sept. 1931, Jan. 1932 kept by MRS. MACKEY, may have been a court ward, aged 4.

 

 

HOLLEY, NANCY

Nov. 1931, aged 15, kept by MRS. MACKEY, may have been a court ward.

 

 

HUTCHISON, RAYMOND

Apr. 24, 1913, INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, Nov. 1919 sent to CHILDRENS HOME ASSOCIATION of DELWARE CO.

 

 

HUTCHISON, WILSON

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, Apr. 24, 1913.

 

 

HUGO, MARY JANE

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, first entry Apr. 9, 1923, and says returned to the ASYLUM, last entry 1929.

 

 

IMBODEN, PORTER McFADDEN

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, first entry Nov. 24, 1922, last entry May 24, 1935.

 

 

ISSACS, MARCELLA

Jan. 16, 1928, first entry spent part of time at the INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, last entry June 1930.

 

 

JOHNSON, CORA

First entry Dec. 1898 taken to WHITES INSTITURE, says age 10, next entry says she is 15 in 1899, 1901.  Feb. 28, 1901 says she went to MR. GREYHOUSE who refused to keep her, says physical condition bad, another 1901 entry says she was placed in VANDERBURGH CO. ORPHANS HOME, Dec. 10, 1901 says returned to POSEY COUNTY because of immorality, 1902 entry has her back at WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

JOHNSON, NELLIE

Taken to WHITES INSTITUTE Dec. 1898 entry dated Nov. 1899 says she is 8 years old, last entry Feb. 11, 1910 for travel expenses.

 

 

JONES, CHARLES

First entry, Mar. 1911 from INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, next entry says placed in home 4/1/1911, returned 5/8/1911, Nov. 1, 1911 entry head CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY says he is aged 7, last entry Sept. 30, 1916.

 

 

JONES, ERNEST

May – Dec. 1935 clothing allowance, kept by NELLIE PHILLIIPS, MT. VERNON, may have been a court ward.

 

 

JONES, IDA REY

First entry Mar. 1911, aged 8, INDIANA ORPHAN AYSLUM, last entry Jun 22, 1914 for travel expenses to JEFFERSONVILLE.

 

 

JONES, MAY

Nov. 1911 taken to INDIANA ASYLUM for COLORED CHILDREN, one entry says placed in home 10/24/1911, last entry Nov. 1919.

 

 

KELTON, JAMES D

INDIANA CHILDRENS RECEIVING HOME, June 23, 1904, aged 4.

 

 

KOPPELCAM, GEORGE

3/20/1945 clothing allowance, kept by NELL OVERTON, he was a court ward.

 

 

LANDHAM, AMY

Taken from NEW HARMONY to MT. VERNON, Apr. 23, 1891, then on July 5 taken to SOLDIERS and SALIORS ORPHANS HOME at KNIGHTSTOWN, IND.

 

 

LEWIS, WILLIAM J

First entry date Sep 23, 1904 from the INDIANA RECEIVING HOME, says aged 8 in Apr. 1, 1905, entry, June 30, 1906 entry says placed in home 5/20/1906.

 

 

LOCKARD, GEORGE CHESTER

Taken Jan. 17, 1924 to INDIANA ORPHAN ASYLUM, last entry dated Feb. 1932.

 

 

LOPP, ELLA

Discharged from WHITES INSTITUTE July 18, 1904, entered 1902.

 

 

LOPP, FLORENCE

WHITES INSTITUTE 1903, entry says discharged July 18, 1904.

 

 

LOPP, MARY?

Entered WHITES INSTITUTE 1901, last entry says brought home July 1904.

 

 

LOPP, RUTH

WHITES INSTITUTE 1903, entry says brought home 1904.

 

 

LOPP, WILLIAM

WHITES INSTITUTE 1901, disc. July 18, 1904.

 

 

LUNDSEN, DOROTHY

A public ward, clothing allowance 12/7/1946.

 

 

McCARTY, JESSE

First entry 1908 says first sent to INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY, then to the INDIANA ASYLUM for COLORED CHILDREN, says that she was 8 in 1908, last entry 1916 says she is feebleminded.

 

 

McCOY, NOLOAN? (poss. NELSON)

Feb. 18, 1895 sent to SOLDIERS HOME and was taken by ESRY STEPHENS.

 

 

MILLER, CHARLES

1901 WHITES INSTITUTE, several travel expense bills, including trips to ECKERTY, INDIANAPOLIS, JEFFERSONVILLE, SEYMOUR, BEDFORD, last entry 1907.

 

 

MILLER, ROSA

1901 WHITES INSTITUTE, says discharged Apr. 8, 1902, a Mar. 29, 1906 bill for transportation from BEDFORD to VINCENNES.

 

 

MOBLEY, BELUAH IONA

INDIANA CHILDRENS ASYLUM, aged 8 Jan. 3, 1916, last entry Sept. 30, 1916.

 

 

MOBLEY, BESSIE MAY

INDIANA CHILDRENS ORPHANS ASYLUM, first entry dated 1916 aged 5, last entry dated Mar. 31, 1926.

 

 

MOBLEY,JESSE

INDIANA CHILDRENS ORPHANS ASYLUM, first entry Sept. 30, 1916 aged 5, last entry Sept. 22, 1926 when board at MARION CO. DETENTION HOME was paid, and on that day also transportation to MILFORD.

 

 

MONROE, FRED

First entry 1899, aged 9 to WHITES INSTITUTE, last entry 1903 when travel expenses from TREATY to GAS CITY and return paid.

 

 

MONROE, ARTHUR

Only entry a bill for the doctor’s visit and examination, dated Sept. 5, 1910.

 

 

MOORE, VIRGINIA RUTH

First entry Feb. 26, 1929 transportation form HOLTON to MT. VERNON and back, last entry for same July 25, 1930.

 

 

MOOREHEAD, CARL

1899 aged 4, sent to WHITES INSTITUTE by ROBB TWP. TRUSTEE, last entry date is 1910 and says that he is 15 years of age.

 

 

MOOREHEAD, EVA

1901- 1902 WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

MOOREHEAD, MARY

1901 – 1902 WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

MOUTRAY, JAMES A

WHITES INSTITUTE 1899, aged 12, entry says 1899 Apr. 25, sent to ED A. SMALL of WOODBURN, IND.

 

 

MOUTRY, WILLIAM FRANK

WHITES INSTITUTE, aged 10 1899, says that Apr. 8, 1902 placed with mother.

 

 

MYSTER, WILLIAM

June 30, 1928 INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM.

 

 

NEAL, OLLIE

Sent to WHITES INSTITUTE by trustee, 1902 says she is age 7, another entry says that she is 12 in 1904, last date of entry Dec. 1908.

 

 

NEALE, DELMER

Aug. 4, 1914 POSEY COUNTY CHILDRENS GUARDIAN BOARD may have been a court ward.

 

 

ODUM, CLAUDE

First entry 1912, INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, last date is travel expenses, Oct. 9, 1917 from GARY to WANATAH.

 

 

PALMER, BELUAH

1910 kept by EMILY FAUNTLEROY taken back to EVANSVILLE Jan. 3, 1911.

 

 

PAGE, REYMOND

First entry 1913 CHILDRENS HOME ASYLUM OF DELWARE CO.  Mar. 17, 1917 says placed with J. L. RESUR of REDKEY, IND., clothing allowance Nov. 1918.

 

 

PAGE, WILSON

1913 CHILDRENS HOME ASYLUM of DELWARE CO.

 

 

PLUMMER, JOSEPH

Says sent to INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY at age of 3 months, apparently placed in home, for entry 7/16/1910 says returned to SOCIETY and on 10/1/1910 says died in 4 da., aged 5 mo. 4 da.

 

 

PRICE, MYRTLE

Dec. 1935 colored, LYNN TWP. Apparently a court ward.

 

 

PRICE, ROBERT

Dec. 1935 colored, LYNN TWP. Apparently a court ward.

 

 

RAWLES, HERBERT

WHITES INSTITUTE, in and out for several years, started 1913 aged 7, continued until Mar. 1921.

 

 

REDMAN, CLIFFORD

Oct. 13, 1922 fare to INDIANAPOLIS to CHILDRENS HOME.  Dental work, Jan. 31, 1923.

 

 

REDMAN, KARL

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM taken Oct. 13, 1922, last entry Jun 1924.

 

 

REDMAN, KELLY

Taken Oct. 13, 1922 to INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, last entry 1928.

 

 

RICKEN,  E V

Aged 4, taken to WHITES INSTITUTE, 1899.

 

 

RISSELY, ? ETHEL

Aged 8 1898, taken to WHITES INSTITUTE, last entry 1901.

 

 

RISSLEY, ? RUBY

WHITES INSTITUTE 1898, aged 4, last entry 1902.

 

 

RUSHEER, ELIZABETH

INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY, entry says placed in home 3/4/1911, last entry Apr. 13, 1913 when travel expenses from GARRETT to FORT WAYNE then to INDIANAPOLIS were paid.

 

 

SALZMAN or SALTZMAN, LEWIS

Aged 15 1898, WHITES INSTITUTE says that in 1898 he (had) been placed in home of A. M. DENNING, ran off after 3rd day, says he is no good.

 

 

SELF, CHARLES

Aged 13, clothing allowance June 15, 1931, may have been a ward of the court.

 

 

SHIRLEY, CONRAD

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, Dec. 1929, clothing to Dec 1935.

 

 

SHIRLEY, LEO

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, Dec. 1929 thru Dec. 1935 last entry.

 

 

SKELTON, MARY

INDIANA CHILDRENS RECEIVING HOME 1902, aged 8, says has no relatives, place in home in 1903.

 

 

SMITH, ELVA MARGARET

INDIANA ORPHANS ASYLUM, taken Mar. 1929, last entry Mar. 31, 1931.

 

 

SMITH, GERADINE

Dec. 1935 clothing allowance.

 

 

SMITH, GEORGIA

INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY, says taken 1911, aged 5, placed in home 7/20/1911.

 

 

SMITH, HENERITTA

Taken to INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY, 1911, aged 3, says placed 7/20/1911.

 

 

SMITH, JEWELL

Dec. 1935 kept by NELLIE PHILLIPS, may have been a court ward.

 

 

SMITH, MARGARET

Feb. 1929 clothing allowance, may have been a court ward.

 

 

SPRINGER, FRED

1898 aged 8, taken to WHITES INSTITUTE, later to JULIA WORK TRANING SCHOOL, entry of May 5, 1904 says returned from home in EVANSVILLE to INDIANAPOLIS, says couldn’t control him, final entry Apr. 1, 1905 says discharged age 15 on Feb. 24, 1905.

 

 

SPRINGER, HERBERT

WHITES INSTITUTE, earliest date listed 1898, one entry says he is 8, another says 12 in 1899, had been placed in home of G. R. PYLOR of SAN PIERRE, IND., returned, says proved a very bad boy, lazy, untruthful.

 

 

SPRINGER, LOERCH

WHITES INSTITUTE 1899, aged 8, discharged Apr. 8, 1902 and placed with aunt.

 

 

STRICKLAND, DORA

Orphan, poor, May, Dec. 1935 kept by BENNIE SEIBERT of NEW HARMONY.

 

 

STRICKLAND, LEONARD

May, Dec. 1935 kept by E. E. MARSDON of NEW HARMONY.

 

 

TERRELL, ARTHUR EUGENE

1945, not an orphan, admission to ROBERT LONG HOSPITAL at INDIANAPOLIS.

 

 

THOMPSON, WALTER

April, 1914 clothing bought for.

 

 

WADE, EVA

1899 WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

WADE, PALMER

WHITES INSTITUTE, admitted 5/31/1899, discharged 8/24/1899.

 

 

WADE, EVA

Aged 10, taken from POOR FARM to WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

WALKER, BESSIE

Sept., 25, 1931 thru May 1935 kept by DAN MELTON of NEW HARMONY.

 

 

WALKER, JESSE R.

Dec. 16, 1946 hearing to be held to determine if he is a dependent child of POSEY CO.

 

 

WALLEN, JOHN

1906 – 1907 WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

WALLEN, WILLIAM

1906 WHITES INSTITUTE, says discharged Mar. 19, 1907.

 

 

WEAR or WEIR, JACK R.

INDIANA ORPHAN ASYLUM, June 1928.

 

 

WEAR, MALCOM

INDIANA ORPHAN ASLYUM 1926, last entry Dec. 31, 1929.

 

 

WILLIAMS, HARRY

Orphan child of JOHN D. WILLIAMS, taken to SOLDIERS and SAILORS HOME, KNIGHTSTOWN, IND.  Jan. 22, 1894, he (was) from NEW HARMONY taken by SAMUEL WILLIAMS.

 

 

WILLIS, WILLIAM

10/26/1910 sent to INDIANA CHILDRENS HOME SOCIETY, aged 7 months, says taken to VALLY MILLS, INDIANA.

 

 

YOUNG, CLARENCE

1898 WHITES INSTITUTE.

 

 

YOUNG, CLYDE

1898 WHITES INSTITURE.

 

 

YOUNG, VIRGIL

1898 WHITES INSTITUTE.

Footnotes:

   1)       THE TABLE ABOVE WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM A COPY OF THE CITED TYPESCRIPT WHICH IS ORGANIZED BY ONE PARAGRAPH PER PERSON.  TYPOGRAPHICAL AND SPELLING ERRORS IN THE ORIGINAL WERE CORRECTED AND SOME PUNCTUATION ADDED FOR CLARITY.  CAPITALIZATION IN THE ORGIINAL WAS REPRODUCED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. 

COPIES  OF THE ORGINAL 8 PAGE TYPESCRIPT (CARBON COPY) ARE IN THE INDIANA STATE LIBRARY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46204 (OCLC NUMBER:  19216620) AND THE ALEXANDRIAN PUBLIC LIBRARY (COPY FROM THE INDIANA STATE LIBRARY,) MOUNT VERNON, IN  47620       Daniel Elliott, 15 Apr 2014

 

     2)       THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION REGARDING SOME OF THE INSTITUTIONS MENTIONED ABOVE HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTED BY SANDY RICKETTS, VOLUNTEER, AT THE INDIANA STATE ARCHIVES.

“The law only allowed children under a certain age to remain in a poor asylum for a certain amount of days.

Julia Work Training School and White's Institute were in northern IN. I think children were sent there from all over the State. The Archives has the records for Julia Work and what little information there is in the records is posted on http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/. White's Institute is still in existence. The Archives doesn't have their records. It was started by the Quakers.  I visited White's Institute about 2 years ago to see what kind of records they kept on the children. They were a bit wary of my reasons for asking and somewhat reluctant to give much information. Someone researching an ancestor who was placed in White's Institute could always check and see if they have anything on that person.

This is the link for the Soldier's & Sailors' Children's Home   http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=79

I'm not sure what the reference to Indiana Children's/Orphans Asylum refers to. I know the Marion Co. Children's Guardian Home wouldn't take children from out of Marion County. There was an Indianapolis Orphan Asylum, but I don't know if they took children from out of Marion County. Some children were boarded there by their parents until their circumstances improved and they could remove them. I once checked at Willard Library to see if they had any orphanage records and or records for the Vanderburgh County Children's Guardian Home. I was told no which is extremely sad/unfortunate. It's hard for me to fathom that they were all destroyed.

The Archives' has a volunteer indexing the names of children who were placed in the Blind School. They also have records for the Deaf School, IN Boys' School, and the IN Girls' School. The names of children at the Boys' & Girls' Schools through 1935 are on the indianadigitalarchives website.

There was a maternity home in Indy called the Door of Hope, however, there was probably one in Evansville who took in unwed pregnant girls/ladies with nowhere else to go. There were also places called baby farms....yes, baby farms.

This Foster Children 1892-1910 database lists some of the children placed through the IN Children's Home Society and the Board of State Charities. It's on the http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/ website. This database is being updated to include the county from which the child was placed along with some corrections. Some of the files have lots of information.

Foster Children 1892-1910 

The Foster Children Collection is comprised of files from the Children’s Home Society and the Board of State Charities. The files primarily include the inspection reports completed by either a State Agent or foster parent regarding the progress of a foster child. Some files include only one slip of paper while others are quite large and contain multiple reports and correspondence between agents, family members, foster parents, and occasionally the child. Often there will be separate files for each sibling. There are around 9500 files. This collection is particularly useful for families of children who were separated due to unfortunate circumstances. Patrons may request copies of the files for a fee. Please write to us at arc@icpr.in.gov