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Orphan & Orphanage Records
Orphan Home School Building from Across the Lake in Ohio 1906
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Albany's Orphan Asylum
This institution, the oldest in Albany for the support
of orphan and
destitute children, was founded by an association of
benevolent persons in 1830, and incorporated by an act of
Legislature, passed March 31st, 1831. Its location is on
Robin street, near Central avenue, in the western part of
The building is a plain, three-story brick edifice, well
conveniently arranged, containing what are usually known as
the modern improvements, and will accommodate one hundred
and twenty inmates. The premises comprise nearly five acres
of excellent land, and the house is surrounded by well-kept
grounds and gardens.
The institution is supported by private donations, by
the interest on
invested funds derived from gifts, and by State aid. A
portion of the children are received from the alms-house,
and moderate appropriations are occasionally made by the
city authorities toward their support.
The property, real and personal, is estimated to be
worth $15,000. The
institution has also $54,767.96 invested, and is free from
indebtedness. The receipts for the past year were
$10,824.08, and the expenditures, $8,651.93.
The institution is controlled by a board of gentlemen
managers, and the
immediate charge is given to a superintendent, residing,
with his family, in the building. Children of both sexes are
admitted; they are received between the ages of three and
twelve years, and provided for by apprenticeship, or o
therwise, temporarily, when good opportunities for situation
in families present. While in the asylum they are
instructed in the branches of a common English education,
and attend religious services in the various churches of the
city. They are also trained in industrial pursuits, suited
to their various ages and capacities.
The average number of children maintained is about one
number supported for the past year was one hundred and
thirty, and there were remaining, October 1st, one hundred
The government of the institution is strictly parental,
and the children
are taught to yield implicit obedience to the rules and
regulations of the superintendent. At the time of inspection
the schools were in operation, and they appeared to be well
conducted. The asylum was found in excellent order, and its
affairs are evidently well managed. October 1st, 1869: 130
supported; 25 discharged; remaining: 64 boys, 41 girls.
*History of Various Orphan Homes in Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities
of the State of New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers, Albany, p. 105-106. transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis Schmidt, July
2007. Published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission