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Soldiers' Orphans' School

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Subj: 1870 Mansfield Orphans' Home Date: 8/12/1998 9:30:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: (Todd A. Farmerie) Reply-to: To:

I finally took another look at the 1870 census of the Masfield Soldiers' Orphan Home, and have several corrections to the list on the Tri-Counties site:

Butler, Ada (not Adaline) Cranmer, Mary (not Cramner) Kibble, James (not Ribble) Mathews, James 12 (missing from list) Mathews, John 12 (missing from list)

As I think I mentioned, the three Dudleys are children of Mathias and Jane (McCracken) Dudley, and Emma Ribble is daughter of Jacob and Dortha () Ribble.


Subj: 1870 Orphans : Emma Ribble Date: 6/27/1998 9:56:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: (Todd A. Farmerie) Reply-to: To:

I have now confirmed that Jacob Ribble of Liberty did in fact serve in the Civil War. Unfortunately, the muster-out rolls appear not to have been found by Bates, so I cannot be certain he died in the war, but considering his wife was a widow in 1870, with a daughter Emma of the identical age to the Emma in Mansfield, it is extremely likely that we are talking about the same family. (FWIW, Jacob Ribble was a first cousin of Rachel Beard, mother of Nancy McCracken, whose daughters by Mathias Dudley I have already identified for you in the 1870 Mansfield list.)

Todd A. Farmerie 

Subj: ORPHANS Date: 8/21/1998 9:19:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: VSNewton To: JoyceTice

Dear Joyce,You will find an Adeline Newton in the 1870 census for the school at Mansfield. She was Catherine Adelia Newton. Her sister Harriet Amelia Newton wrote the following about the school:

"Four years elapsed and the orphan school at Mansfield was instituted and financed by the state of Pa. for the purpose of educating the children of the Pennsylvania soldiers who gave their lives in the civil war. Application was made and the three oldest were 9 (Harriet Amelia Newton), 11 (Elisha Tracy Newton), and 13 (Catherine Adelia Newton - misidentified on the census as Adeline) were admitted into this school which kept them in teaching and training until they were 16 years of age. The school was of the very best. Good thorough Christian teachers were hired. Prof. Vine Pratt the acting principal with Prof. T. Fandyce Allen as the real head of the institution. It certainly was an ideal school. The boys were all dressed alike in a blue uniform. The girls had their clothes all alike. Everything was carried on in perfect order. They were gotten in line in their sitting room, boys in theirs and the girls in theirs. The tallest at one end so on down the line and marched into chapel and also into the dining room, keeping step. The food was plain but nourishing. Every Sunday dressed all alike each pupil was expected to attend church and Sabbath school unless sick. They were expected to work 2 hr. a day. Time passed away and at the age of eleven Addie (Adelaide Cornelia Newton) was admitted and two years after Emma (Emma Jane Newton) was admitted. There at this time Adelia and Elisha had had their 16 birthday and go home. It is said there are no days so happy and carefree as our school days and oh! 'tis true."

This personal description may be of interest to people whose ancestors attended the school.

Thank you for all you put on this wonderful site!

Virginia Newton

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