Does anyone know where there is information on how orphans
were dealt with in the early 1880s? My grandfather Thomas
Maguire/McGuire and his siblings were orphaned very young
around that time and each was taken in by a different Irish
family. Would an agency necessarily have been involved?
Would records go this far back?
An earlier post of mine was about the grave of my Aunt Nell
(Helen Clare, Ellen C., Nellie) Maguire who married Eugene
Heeney of Kinderhook. Through the Supervisor of Cemeteries in
Kinderhook we learned that Eugene is buried in a quite large
family plot in the Kinderhook Cemetery, but that Nell was not
buried there with him. Thanks to all who responded ... it
does look like the Death Index in Albany is our only hope, if
we could just get to it.
has an IGI record for an Ellen McGuire who
married William Van Valkenburg Feb 3, 1883 in Stuyvesant
Falls. This Ellen could well be the daughter of my great
great grandparents Thomas and Mary Maguire. 'Our' Ellen was
born about 1857, probably in Chatham or Chatham Center.
It's so interesting that the few Maguire/McGuires who seemed
to inhabit a certain limited area in Columbia County (a kind
of Nassau, Malden Bridge, Chatham, Philmont, Kinderhook,
Valatie triangle, maybe) between 1860 and 1900 often had the
same names. It rather looks like the men worked in the mills
in that area. Does anyone know where there is information
about the mills? Do the mills still stand?
I'm grateful for this list ... it helps when we are stuck in a
dead-end to know that at least there is this one place for
reaching out, there's that glimmer of hope, always ... so
and a happy Thanksgiving to all,