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Sandi Gorin (View posts)
Posted: 990100800000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993310358000
Surnames: Niles
Some of the following information is taken from the Reg Niles book published in 1981, which I cannot locate; the rest from various web searches.

Jefferson County area:
Bellewood-Presbyterian Home for Children, Louisville and Jefferson County ChildrenÂ’s Home, Metropolitan Social Services, Saint Thomas Orphanage, Saint Vincent Orphanage

Ashland (Boyd County): Ramey ChildrenÂ’s Home, State Department
Barbourville (Knox Co): Pentecostal ChildrenÂ’s Home
Bethany (Wolfe Co) Bethany ChildrenÂ’s Home
Beulah Heights (McCreary Co): Beulah Mountain ChildrenÂ’s Home
Bowling Green (Warren Co): Cumberland Presbyterian OrphanÂ’s Home, Potter ChildrenÂ’s Home, State
Buckhorn (Perry Co and Clay Co) : Presbyterian Child Welfare Agency
Bulan (Perry Co): Evangel ChildrenÂ’s Home
Carthage (Campbell Co): Carthage Holiness Orphanage
Cattlesburg (Boyd Co): Boyd County BoysÂ’ Farm
Clinton (Campbell Co): Campbell County Protestant OrphansÂ’ Home
Cold Springs (Campbell Co): Campbell Lodge, Holly Hill , Saint Joseph Diocesan Orphanage
Cornettsville (Perry Co): Open Door ChildrenÂ’s Home
Covington (Kenton Co): Booth Memorial Hospital, Catholic Social Services Bureau, Covington Protestant
ChildrenÂ’s Home, Hope Cottage, Protestant ChildrenÂ’s Home, Saint JohnÂ’s Orphanage, Salvation
Army Hospital, State Department
Danville (Boyle Co): Christian Church ChildrenÂ’s Center
Elizabethtown (Hardin Co): State Department
Farmington (Graves Co): Paradise Friendly Home
Fort Mitchell (Kenton Co): Catholic ChildrenÂ’s Home
Fort Thomas (Campbell Co): Our Lady of the Highlands
Frankes (Bell Co): Henderson Settlement
Frankfort (Franklin Co): State Department, Williams Home
Glendale (Hardin Co): Glendale, Kentucky Baptist ChildrenÂ’s Home
Greendale ( Fayette Co): Kentucky House of Reform
Harrodsburg (Mercer Co): Pennebaker Home for Girls
Hazard (Perry Co): Open Door ChildrenÂ’s Home, State Department
Hope (Montgomery Co): Hope Hill ChildrenÂ’s Home
Hopkinsville (Christian Co): Christian County Youth Services, Southside Church of Christ ChildrenÂ’s
Home, State Department
Irvington (Breckinridge Co): National Home Finding Society
Leitchfield (Grayson Co): Catholic Charities, Lexington (Fayette Co), Boys Ranch, Inc, Catholic Social
Service Bureau Children’s Home, Colored Orphan and Industrial Home, County – Family and
Children Services, Florence Crittenton Home, Division of ChildrenÂ’s Services
Fayette County ChildrenÂ’s Bureau, Kentucky Baptist Board of Child Care, Lexington Charity organization,
Lexington Orphan Society, Odd FellowsÂ’ Orphans Home, Pythian Home, State Department, University Medical Center
London (Laurel Co): State Department
Louisville (Jefferson Co): All Prayers Foundlings Home, Boys Haven, Brooklawn, Catholic Charities,

Christian Church Home, Colored Orphans Home, Covenant of the Good Shepherd, Jefferson
County Agency, Susan Speed Davis Home, Faith Foundling Home, Family & ChildrenÂ’s Agency,
Family Service Org, German Protestant Orphan Asylum, Good shepherd Home for Colored Girls,
Home of the Innocents, Jewish ChildrenÂ’s Home, Kentucky ChildrenÂ’s Home, Kentucky Home
Society, Louisville Baptist Orphans, Louisville City Hospital, Louisville & Jefferson Co
ChildrenÂ’s Home, Maryhurst Foster Care, Maryhurst School, Masonic Widows Orphans Home,
Methodist Episcopal Church Widows and Orphans Home, National ChildrenÂ’s Training Home,
National Home Finding Society, Orphanage of the Good Shepherd, Our LadyÂ’s Covent of the
Good Shepherd, Our LadyÂ’s Home for Infants, Presbyterian Orphans Home, Protestant ChildrenÂ’s
Home, Saint AnthonyÂ’s Hospital, Saint JosephÂ’s Catholic Orphans Society, Saint JosephÂ’s
Infirmary, Saint Peter ClaverÂ’s Industrial School, Saint PhilomenÂ’s Industrial School, Saint
Thomas Orphanage, Saint Vincent Orphanage, Saint Mary & ElizabethÂ’s Hospital, Salvation
Army Home, State Department, Widows & OrphanÂ’s Society
Lyndon (Jefferson Co): Kentucky ChildrenÂ’s Home
Maykind (Letcher Co): Regular Baptist Orphanage
Maysville (Mason Co): Mason Manor
Middletown (Jefferson Co): Kentucky Baptist Board of Child Care, Spring Meadows
Morehead (Rowan Co): State Department
Newport (Campbell Co): Home of the Good Shepherd, Youth Haven
Owensboro (Daviess Co): Catholic Charities
Daviess County ChildrenÂ’s Center, Kendall Home, State Department
Paducah (McCracken Co): Burton & Gaines Friendly Home Inc, Home of the Friendless, State Department
Pine Ridge (Wolfe Co): Scott ChildrenÂ’s Home
Salyersville (Magoffin Co): Dora Lee ChildrenÂ’s Home
Somerset (Pulaski Co): State Department
South Fort Mitchell (Kenton Co): Catholic ChildrenÂ’s Home
Versailles (Woodford Co): Cleveland Home, Methodist Home of Kentucky
Whitesburg (Letcher Co) : Mountain Haven ChildrenÂ’s Home
Winchester (Clark Co): Happiness Hill

With few exceptions, I donÂ’t have addresses, web sites, or dates of operation on any of the above.

KENTUCKY BAPTIST HOME FOR CHILDREN: Triad East, Suite 200, 20200 Linn Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40223. (502) 245-2101; (800) 456-1386,

Opened after the Civil War. A second Baptist children's home was established in 1915 in Glendale. A rural campus originally called Kentucky Baptist Children's Home, this part of the ministry is now known as Glen Dale Children's Home. The two ministries operated separately until 1954 when the Kentucky Baptist Convention created a single board of child care to oversee their operation. A third campus, Pine Crest Children's Home, opened in Morehead in 1956. It served children until its closure in 1971. An earlier-closed adoption program was reopened in 1990 and is now known as KBHC Pregnancy and Adoption Services. Cornerstone Counseling was begun in 1992 with one office in Bowling Green. There are now 22 Cornerstone offices statewide -- in Ashland, Berea, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Corbin, Covington, Frankfort, Harlan, Harold, Hazard, Henderson, Hopkinsville, LaGrange, London, Louisa, Madisonville, New Castle, Owensboro, Paducah, Pineville, Somerset and Stanford.

St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society. Has been in operation for 146 years, opened in 1849. According to their web site: “The Louisville, Kentucky cholera epidemic of 1832 took many lives and left many children as orphans. During that time, a handful of German Catholics, recognizing the grave need to care for these children, formed the St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society in 1849. The Society built its first home in 1850, but increasing numbers of children prompted several locations before settling at the present site in Crescent Hill, established in 1885. Notre Dame Sisters from Milwaukee administered the Home from 1865-1897. The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville staffed the Home from 1897 until 1972. Since then, they continue to serve the children, but under individual administrators hired by the Board of Trustees. In 1851, a fair was organized to meet the payments on the Society's first home. This annual picnic continues to be a major fund raiser as well as a community social event. Families have changed since 1849, but at St. Joseph our commitment to children has not. Through the years, we have offered hope to family-crisis situations, assisting the child in overcoming obstacles which could limit growth and development.: Online Newsletter Mailing Address: St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society, 2823 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206, Telephone: (502) 893-0241, Fax: (502) 896-2394, E-Mail:

Masonic Homes And Orphanages. According to information from their web site: “ This is the oldest category of organized Masonic philanthropy. From its earliest beginnings, Freemasonry has admonished its members to provide support for widows and orphans, especially those of former Masons. This care was initially provided by local lodges, but it eventually came under the oversight of Grand Lodges as they began providing for their needy with centralized facilities. The first Masonic home in the United States was established by Kentucky Masons in 1866, the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home and Infirmary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1927, the residents moved to a new facility in Masonic Home, Kentucky. Today 39 state Grand Lodges maintain homes, and 11 still have orphanages, though the need for the latter has diminished. Most Grand Lodges without homes care for their needy through various endowments that support them in outside facilities. The services provided in this category are generally available to Masons and their relatives, though some Masonic orphanages allow lodges to sponsor orphans unrelated to a Mason.

St. John’s Orphanage, Kenton Co. Quotation from “Pieces of the Past, By Jim Reis, Post staff reporter The orphanage's origins began June 4, 1848 when a group of people met to organize a home for Catholic orphans in Kenton County. Until then Catholic orphans in Northern Kentucky were cared for in Cincinnati.
The new orphanage was dedicated in spring 1871. Nine children were housed. The Benedictian nuns were in charge. Initially only girls were placed at St. John's Orphanage. Boys were sent to St. Joseph's Orphanage in Cold Spring which also opened in 1871. Diocesan records indicate in 1885 St. John's began accepting boys as well as girls. As a result more dormitories were needed and in 1892 a three-story brick addition with classrooms, playroom, dormitories and living quarters for a resident chaplain was built. Over the next decades the number of children at the orphanage gradually grew. Not all were Catholics and most were not orphans. In many cases the children came there after their mother or father died and the remaining parent could not care for the children and work at the same time. In some cases the parents divorced and the children ended up at the orphanage. A fire struck the orphanage on Feb. 10, 1926. By 1929 the orphanage had 104 children.

St. Joseph Orphanage in Cold Spring was organized in Newport in 1866 as the St. Boniface Orphan Society. The Walsh Farm on Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring was purchased on May 9, 1870, for an orphanage site. The farm included 125 acres, barns and an eight-room house, which was converted into the orphanage. St. Joseph Orphanage opened on May 12, 1869. In 1961 St. Joseph Orphanage was merged with St. John's. Publication date: 06-23-97”

(c) Copyright 17 May 2001, Sandra K. Gorin, All Rights Reserved.

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