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Orphan Train to St. Albans-Enosburg circa 1905-06

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Orphan Train to St. Albans-Enosburg circa 1905-06

Posted: 934027200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993358960000
Surnames: Turek, Lafountain, Benoit, Touchette
In 1905-06, a train with orphan/foster children from a Catholic orphanage in New York City arrived in Franklin County, specifically St. Albans and Enosburg Falls. They were accompanied by a Catholic priest and a nurse who were bringing young children, most under age of 5 yrs, to families who had signed a form saying they would be willing to accept a child in their home and care for them until adulthood.

My aunt, Catherine Turek, born 1901 in New York City was one of many children who were riders on this train. To the best of my knowledge this was a one-time event for Franklin County.

I have names of a few children who were adopted in Franklin County. The train stopped in Enosburg Falls and St. Albans. Children arrived with only a first name on their papers and were usually given new surnames by their adoptive family, but often no actual legal adoption papers were filed. Several children later discovered their real birth parents and Jewish or Protestant heritage when they traveled back to the orphanage in New York City as adults. In my aunt's case she needed to document her birth parents so she could apply for a New York State marriage license.

I would like to contact other descendants of these train riders and share information. If you have heard a verbal history story of an adopted child in your family but were not able to document their birth, they could have been a rider on this train if they were born prior to 1904 approximately.

All replies answered. Please include child's name, sex, approximate birth dates if known, adopting family and their town of residence.

Jan Wheeler

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