ORPHAN TRAIN SOCIETY

The Children's Aid Society

Guide to Records of the Children's Aid Society
 

I am looking for information on children that were adopted from the Orphan Trains by Grimes County Families!

Submit your information to Vanessa Burzynski


 

Child's Name

Born

Died

Adoptive Family

City/Town

Comments/Additional Information

Edna Kolm

5/8/1902

3/1/1984

Burzynski Family

Anderson, Texas

Adopted around 1905 born in New York

Marian Cameron

1901

Urbanowski Family

Richards, Texas

Adopted around 1901 born in New York

August Kolbachinski

4/21/1901

7/4/1991

Kolbachinski Family

Anderson, Texas

Adopted around 1913 born in New York

Bernard Hirsch

Urbanowski Family

Richards, Texas

Born in New York

Robert McIntosh

3/30/1901

12/12/1960

Posinski Family

Anderson, Texas

Born in New York

Alice O’Connor

1902

 

Pavlock Family

Plantersville, Texas

Born in New York

Agnes Stilwell

1901

 

 

Plantersville, Texas

Born in New York

Anna Elizabeth Taylor

1902

 

 

Plantersville, Texas

Born in New York

Caro Jolly

1904

 

Edmund Yargo Family

Anderson, Texas

1910 Grimes County Census age 6 born in New York

Hattie Johnson

1904

 

Edmund Yargo Family

Anderson, Texas

1910 Grimes County Census age 6 born in New York

Julie Smith

1897

 

Stash Pavlock Family

Plantersville, Texas

1910 Grimes County Census age 13 born in New York

Julius Cicero

1906

 

Ed Yargo Family

Anderson, Texas

1920 Grimes County Census age 14 born in New York

Mary Brooks

1902

 

Burzynski Family

Anderson, Texas

1920 Grimes County Census

James S. “Jimmy” Griggs

1892

 

John Tadlock Family

Anderson, Texas

1920 Grimes County Census

Agnes Osborn

1903

 

Stash Sechelski Family

Anderson, Texas

1920 Grimes County Census

Will Smith

1900

 

Klodzinski Family?

Anderson, Texas

1920 Grimes County Census

Katie Carns

1905

 

Klodzinski Family?

Anderson, Texas

1920 Grimes County Census

Mark Szymczak (Shimshack)

4/24/1899

12/28/1958

Ed Szymczak Family

Anderson, Texas

1930 Grimes County Census age 30 born in New York

Tommy Ubnoski

1900

 

Ubnoski Family

Plantersville, Texas

1930 Grimes County Census age 30 born in New York


 

Books written on the Orphan Trains

 

The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America
by Marilyn Irvin Holt

Marilyn Irvin Holt relates the story of the many orphan children who were shipped out West on the Orphan Trains. It also mentions that Ellis County, Kansas was the destination for many of these abandoned children.   248 pgs.  size 8 1/2 x 5 1/2

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
by Andrea Warren

This book chronicles the travels of an orphan train child, Lee Nailling, who rode the train to Texas where he was adopted with his brother. Unfortunately, the family did not keep him and he was sent to another family. The book bounces between the story of Lee Nailling and the history of the orphan trains. It shows the positive and negative outcomes of the orphan train children.  It covers a great deal of history and does end with a happy reunion between Lee and his brother.

Cobblestone; American History for Kids; 
Orphan Trains, Traveling West to a New Life
April 1998, Volume 19, Number 4

Texas Orphan Train - An Avalon Western
by Kent Conwell

When loner Will Hunter hired on to drive a wagon load of people out of San Antonio, he wasn't expecting a dozen orphans, a New York Placing Agent, and the biggest tomboy in town, Amanda Jean Haywood, who knew more about horses than Will had ever dreamed. Forced by the Agent's untimely death to head up the Orphan Train, not only does Will run into the expected late winter blizzards, floods, stampedes, thieves, and Comancheros, but he also, with Amanda's help, has to figure out how to handle the plagues of hornets, buffaloes, and snakes that the dozen children bring upon the wagons. By the end of the arduous trek, Will realizes that a loner is the unhappiest man in the world; that only by taking on the problems of those for whom you love and care, can a man truly be content. 

The Texas Orphans: A Story of the Orphan Train Children 
by Rita Kerr 

In September, 1904, five orphans are put on a train in New York City bound for Seguin, Texas, where they are to start new lives with new families. The four boys and one girl travel with two nuns. On arrival, after initial doubts of acceptance, the children are warmly received by the awaiting parents. Adjustment to their unaccustomed surroundings is pretty easy and quick. Life goes on as usual, with some mishaps including a wild chase by a bull and a mill fire. The writing is stilted and dull without any intrigue or feeling. The story progresses as a list of events. Characters are flat and one dimensional, and there is little to make readers interested in the book's outcome. Joan Lowery Nixon's ``The Orphan Train Quartet'' (Bantam) gives a better view of this part of America's history and is told with suspense, drama, and emotion.-Rita Soltan, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI