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Orphan & Orphanage Records
Orphan Home School Building from Across the Lake in Ohio 1906
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Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children, New York
This society was organized in 1835, and incorporated by
an act of the
Legislature passed April 27th, 1837. Its object is the
relief of half-orphan and destitute children, by providing
an asylum for them, and the means for their education, care
and support. The institution is located at number
sixty-five West Tenth street, near Sixth avenue.
The building was erected in 1857. It is a plain,
arranged, four-story brick edifice, in good repair, and will
accommodate two hundred an fifty inmates.
The institution is supported by voluntary contributions,
by payment in
part for the board of inmates, and by aid from the city and
State. Its real and personal property is estimated to be
worth $91,500. It has also $5,000 invested, but there is a
deficit of over $4,000 for current expenses. The receipts
for the past year were $17,392.07, and the expenditures
amounted to $21,894.04. Included in the receipts were
$4,829 donations, and $6,133.65 for the board of inmates.
Embraced in the expenditures, were $17,143.16 for support.
Children of both sexes, between the ages of four and ten
admitted to the institution. The charge for their board is
seventy-five cents per week each; but this is reduced in the
discretion of the managers, so as to meet the pecuniary
circumstances of friends liable for their support. While in
the asylum they are properly educated in school and
instructed in religious truths. If neglected by friends for
over one year, they are temporarily provided with situations
The whole number of children admitted to the institution
establishment is two thousand eight hundred and eighty. The
number supported the past year was three hundred and three;
the average was two hundred and fourteen, and one hundred
and ninety-nine were remaining October 1st.
The institution was visited October 22d, 1868, and
September 22d, 1869.
Its financial affairs are controlled by a board of gentlemen
trustees, but its internal and domestic concerns are
conducted by a board of lady managers. A matron is in
immediate charge. The institution at the times of inspection
was in good condition and its affairs appear to be
Children remaining as of October 1st, 1869: 119 Boys; 80
*source: 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, 8 July
. Published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission