THE FOUNDLING ASYLUM
I would encourage everyone who has personal interest in a foundling listed
here to acquire the book,
" THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL".
An Index to Its Federal, State, & Local Census Records (1870-1925)
INSKEEP, Carolee R.
Clearfield Company, Inc.
The Sisters of Charity founded the Asylum in a four story brick house at
17 East Twelfth Street, NYC.In it's first two years they cared for 2,560 infants.
In the 1890's they changed the name to New York Foundling Hospital.
The Asylum cared for children in much the same way between 1869-1925.
When mother brought her child to the Asylum, she placed the bab in a cradle
in the reception area. She supplied the baby's name, birthdate, and any
other idntifying information.
Once these children passed through infancy about age 8, the question
of what to do with them arose. Following the example of the Children's Aid Society,
the Foundling Asylum placed the children in permanent homes in the West & South.
In the mid-1870's 300 abandoned children were placed in the Maryland area.
In 1881, 14% were placed with foster families, 22% had died, 5% were returned
to their parents, and 59% remained with the Sisters.
Federal Ennumeration of the Inhabitants of
The Foundling Asylum
17 East 12th Street
New York, New York
July 2, 1870
Ward No 15
Election Distrit No 10
These are ALL white, females. They work in the Asylum.
SW means Sisters of Charity.
All others are listed as servant.
NOTE : Refer to the original 1870 Census record for the birthplace of
each adult and the birthplace of her parents.
The ennumerator did NOT list the entries of the individual children.
CHOPIN, Philomina SW
FITZGIBON, Catherine SW
GERBACH, Antinete SW
McCRISTAL, Jane SW
NESBIT, Margaret SW
34 White Female "Foundlings" born in New York
11 White Male "Foundlings" born in New York
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