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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: Re: Poorhouse
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 16:27:17 -0500
Just a reminder that there were orphanages in Boston in the early 1800's !
I don't know if they were in other cities at that time; perhaps others can
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
P.S. A book I found in the Library a few years ago is called "Boston's
Wayward Children" (Social Services for Homeless Children, 1830-1930), by
I've mentioned the book in past years but not recently. I think many
people would find it an interesting read !
One thing it mentions is that the "Orphan Train Movement" began in Boston --
contrary to popular belief ! When New York City found it to be working
for Boston, they decided to follow suit !
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 10:01 AM
> My family arrived from Ireland in 1849 with 4 children under
> the age of ten. Both parents died by 1852. What would have happened to the
> children? would they be put in a poorhouse? Would there be any poorhouse
> from that time? and how would I go about getting them? Any information
> would be
> appreciated. Sorry for asking so many questions.
> Best wishes.