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Mystery Orphans in Shamrock Township on the 1900 census

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Mystery Orphans in Shamrock Township on the 1900 census

Posted: 1360866241000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1360866318000
Surnames: Black, Underwood, Maddox, Johnson, Taylor
There are six children "in school" aged 7-15 in the township that appear to be orphans. All but one of these are listed under relationship as "boarder". William Reynolds aged nine is boarding with Patrick Maddox who was a widower. Three, Leta, Nona and Clarence Underwood all live in different households, but appear to be siblings. One Ollie Johnson is listed as adopted son, and has the same surname as the adopting family.
The oldest of the school aged children is Byron Black aged 15.
He very likely was the sibling of a seventh person,John W. Black (no longer in school because he was by then aged 19) who was adopted Stephen and Martha Taylor.
So where did these kids come from...orphan train, nearby orphanage burned and kids literally farmed out? This last is the lore in Byron Black's family. We are trying to find out who his parents were. Thanks for any clues, Cheri Black
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