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House of Refuge, Mc Clure Twp., Allegany Co., Pa., circa 1860

House of Refuge, Mc Clure Twp., Allegany Co., Pa., circa 1860

Posted: 1069352924000
Classification: Query
This is my "brick wall". My husbands great grandfather, Edwin Owen, according to the 1860 Census, was a 15 year old "incoming" resident at the House of Refuge. He was born in England, circa 1845. This is the earliest information we have on him. We do not know if he had siblings. We do not know his parents names. We do not know when he came to America, or whether he came with his parents or alone. We do not know why he was in this orphanage at this time. We do know that in 1861, he enlisted in the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers, and served in the Union Army to the end of the war in 1865. I have acquired his full service records and pension files. His packet did not include his exact birthdate or place. Our only source for this info. is the census records. He married Sarah E. Cooper at the Smithfield Street Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. on 11 Feb. 1864. He was back in Pittsburg, from the war, to recover from illness and to reinlist at that time. In 1870 he and Sarah were living in Belaire, Belmont Co., Ohio, were he was a boot and shoemaker. In 1872 he was elected Marshall of Belaire and served until 1874, when he chose not to run for re-election due to poor health. (He had contracted consumption during the war) His wife, Sarah, died in 1876. He remarried to Hannah M. Carpenter on 26 Sep 1878 in Jefferson Co., Ohio. His son John Andrew Owen was born 5 Jul 1879. Edwin died 18 Feb. 1881, just one month before the birth of his daughter, Edna Harriet Owen, my husband's grandmother. We also can find no burial site for Edwin or his first wife Sarah. We have so much information about his life, but we can't find the beginning or the end of him (his final resting place or any county or state record of his death)!. Most of the details have come from census records, city directories and histories, and his military packet. We are very hopeful that somewhere out there is the records from his intake or life at the orphanage that will at least shed some light on his beginnings and his arrival in this country. Please if anyone can help with this mystery, we would appreciate it very much. Claudia <>

Re: House of Refuge, Mc Clure Twp., Allegany Co., Pa., circa 1860

sihrman (View posts)
Posted: 1098725792000
Classification: Lookup
Please try;
& site map & full text search on "House of Refuge" It seems it became a Reform School.
P.S. McClure Township is a question for me. Check out
Possibly his parents died- check
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