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Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1279978041000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Haney
The Home for Destitute Catholic Children became The Home for Catholic Children, It was located at 788 Harrison Avenue on the site of the present BU Medical Bldg, across from the Immaculate Conception Church. In 1953, the Home closed and was replaced by Nazareth Child Care Center, 420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA. Nazareth closed in 1988 (?) and the property was purchased by Showa, a Japanese University, which is still in existence today. I lived at both places and moved from the Home to Nazareth. Many of us have kept in touch and have had large and small reunions.

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1305843722000
Classification: Query
Surnames: O;Brien
Hello, My name is Carolyn Fennell. I sent for and have received my grandfather's original social security application that he filled out in 1938. The reason why I'm contacting you is he gave his birth address as 788 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Mass. He listed his mother and father as unknown. The story we were told was that he was an orphan, however, we never knew anything else. We didn't even have his correct birth date because the dates and where he was actually born were always different on other documents. When I received his social security application his birth date matched the date on his ww11 registration. I googled the harrison address and it came up as the Home for Destitute Catholic Children. I was stunned to say the least. How do I find out about the records from 1888 until 1910 for this orphanage? If you can help me, please let me know. His name was John Francis O'Brien and he was born on May 24, 1888 in Boston, Mass. Thank you for your help.

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1307057907000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Greene, O'Gara, Biggins, Haney
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Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1307244710000
Classification: Query
Hi, I know (knew) all of them well. I remember Judy, Sally and Rachel (?).
We had a big reunion at the Showa College in 2000. We weren't able to contact your sisters. We even have pictures. My email address is
bobandjoan421@verizon.net. Joan
I guess I'm not allowed to mention surnames, so you can contact me at the email above.

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1307244907000
Classification: Query
Hi Carolyn, please contact me at bobandjoan421@verizon.net and I will try to get information for you. Joan

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1309105322000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jenkins, Haney
Hi, I replied earlier, but I'm not sure if you received it. If you get this, please reply to above or to my email- bobandjoan421@verizon.net. Thanks, Joan

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1338341562000
Classification: Query
Hi, My grandmother was also an orphan in a Catholic orphanage in the Boston area, I don't know the name of it. Harriet josephine O'brien b 5 Oct 1885, in Cambridge, Ma. father Thomas B. O'brien b about 1855 in Cambridge, other children, Agnes C. b 14 Sept.1887, George b about 1883. they had a sister who became a Nun, I don't know her name and a brother who became a Priest, there were other children, do you think we have a connection.

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1338385814000
Classification: Query
Thank you for your post. I contacted Catholic Charities in Boston and I was able to get my grandfather John's records. My great-grandparents John O'Brien & Bridget Noon were married in Amesbury, Mass in 1867. They had 8 children and my grandfather was the second youngest, born in 1888. In 1893 Bridget died as a result of a fire. I have no idea what happened to John. My grandfather was sent to and fostered out of the Home for Desitute Catholic Children. He was sent back to the home because he could not adapt. He eventually ended up at St. John's Protectory in Albany until he was old enough and made his way to New York City where he met and married my grandmother. The names of his siblings were Mary Frances, Bridget, Catherine, Frank, James Patrick, Lizzie & Edward. All were born in the Amesbury, Newton area between 1869 and 1891. Lizzie ended up at the House of Good Shephard in Boston and Edward went to live with Mary Frances. I don't know if there is a connection between our families. Thomas could have been a relative of ggf John. ggm Bridget's parents were James Noon & Bridget Niland. There were so many O'Briens in Mass. at that time, however, if you think there's a connection let me know. Thanks again, Carolyn Fennell

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1338405993000
Classification: Query
Hi Carolyn, Do you have an address for Catholic Charities in Boston or a email address, do they have info on all the orphanages in the Boston Area? I'am new at all of this and I'am great full for any help I can get. Do you have any connection to the Sullivans or Johnsons or Messers.

Re: Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA

Posted: 1338415221000
Classification: Query
No, I'm sorry, I don't have any connection with the Sullivans, Johnsons or Messers. Your best bet would be to contact Catholic Charities Adoption Program at Laboure' Center, 275 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127; phone #617-268-9670. Just call and tell them who you're looking for and any information you have. They should be able to help you. My contact person was wendy_vandenhoeck@ccab.org although I don't know if she is still with them. Also, since you have the town in Mass., names & approximate birth year, you may want to go to www.familysearch.org where you can search for birth, baptism, death and marriages for the state of Massachusetts from the 1800s up until I think 1915. I found a whole treasure trove of info there for my grandfather's siblings and also my great-grandmother's death certificate.
Good luck with your search and the best advice I can give to you is not to give up. My mother and her siblings had all passed away & I virtually had nothing but hope and after 5 years of searching, I was able to find closure and I hope you do too. Carolyn
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