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Orphanages and Orphans

St. Vincent’s Orphan’s Home

An image of St. Vincent's Orphan's Home on the Delaware River in Tacony, Pennsylvania.

St. Vincent’s Orphans Home in Tacony was opened in 1855 by the Sisters of Notre Dame to shelter orphan girls. (Library Company of Philadelphia)

Library Company of Philadelphia

Opened in 1855 by the Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Vincent’s Orphans Asylum sheltered girls in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. It was founded in response to the influx of German immigrants into the city. The building along the Delaware River still stands, but it is no longer an orphanage.

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  1. My mame Is Stephan Michael Conroy looking for my birth mom named Carol Conroy. I was adoppted AND living un Puerto Rico. Have no siblings. Looking foward to meet my mom and familiy. Amy información please contact: ferosadoo@gmail.com

    Félix rosado Posted October 6, 2019 at 7:52 pm
  2. My grandmother Elizabeth Gallagher and her sister were residents of St Vincent’s back up to the 1890’s. I found documentation where she and my grandfather, Frank Jones petitioned Orphan’s Court so they could get married. That’s the only information I can find on her until the later censuses, after they were married. I’d appreciate any help or guidance. Thank you. Lizdidit@aol.com

    Elizabeth A Calhoun Posted January 24, 2020 at 11:21 pm
  3. I believe my grandmother gave birth to my father here in February ’27. Were young mothers sent to a hospital or gave birth on the premises? Are there any birth records archived?

    Holly Butler Posted February 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm
  4. How do I track information about a relative who was there in the first years of 1900?

    Karen Le Boulch Posted February 26, 2020 at 12:09 pm
  5. I’m looking for a friend that was in an orphanage. We were both mothers helpers in 69-79, in Margate NJ. We lost touch. The family she worked for was Dr and Mrs Greenwood, they took her in but she didnt want to stay. Her name was Toni Treratola, mot sure if I spelled her last name right. Would live to know how she is doing and would live to see her again.

    Patricia Peek Posted March 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm
  6. My Mother Julia McMonigle gave birth to a babyboy born April 1, 1934. Looking for any information. Baby was adopted out.

    Peggy Lavaique Posted March 5, 2020 at 2:21 pm
  7. Does anyone know where the archival records of the orphanage are kept?

    Sigi Howes Posted March 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm
  8. I am looking 4 st. Vincent’s hot orphanage where I was adopted I would like to have some paperwork on it my number is 570-2387976 if someone could get back to me please thank you

    Renee Marlene Newton Posted March 24, 2020 at 5:20 pm
  9. I am Looking For my mother, I was born in 1966. I was adopted 9/6/ 1966 Sean O’Neill, paid the church for my records but got little info. Who can i talk to about getting some info?? I have birth record.

    S. O'Neill Posted April 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  10. Looking for records for a family of children who entered the home in 1933. They were the Castorina girls, Elizabeth, Jane, Theresa and Cecilia.

    Eileen Brennan Posted May 6, 2020 at 5:49 pm
  11. I was at St.Vincent’s Home from 1956 thru 1962. Transferred to St. Joe’s house for boys. Would
    like to hear from anyone who was there in those years.

    Rev. David Cosden Posted May 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm
  12. Hello,
    I am looking for any information regarding the adoption of my mother. I believe she was put up for adoption as a young child in the 1940’s. Her name was Marie Kauffman, her date of birth was 10/17/25. She was adopted by Agnes and Frank Du Bois. Can you tell me if there are any records available from that time period at St. Vincent’s orphanage. Thank you

    Aggie Szymanik Posted May 30, 2020 at 10:51 am
  13. My mother AnneMarie Cowan was a resident after Pandemic 1919. I believe she left 1921 at age 15 she was sent to Mrs. MINNIE O’Donnell in Germantown. Can you see if her records
    are in your files.

    Mary Leanne Jewell Posted June 9, 2020 at 7:18 pm
  14. Hello! I heard that my Uncle, Paul Nonemaker was a resident in maybe 1918 +. Any information in that regard would be most appreciated. Thanks! Joe N.

    Joseph Nonemaker Posted July 13, 2020 at 11:21 am
  15. Looking for my Aunt or Uncle who was born here and given up for adoption around 1959 to 1962, by my grandmother, Emma Kersten (Hynes) from Delaware County, PA.

    Stacey Morris Posted July 17, 2020 at 10:56 am
  16. I was at St Vincent’s as a new born 5/1/55. My mother had TB and was in Eagleville sanitarium. I like to find out any details about infant care during that period at St Vincents. Who care for me?

    Ken Posted July 26, 2020 at 10:45 pm
  17. I read David Cosden. Is Margaret Cosden related to you. My sisters and I were at St Vincents and knew her.

    Josephine Kirwin Posted July 27, 2020 at 4:11 pm
  18. My uncle John (Jack) Hogle, born around 1924, was adopted from this facility. He claims that my mother Eleanor was also adopted, though not sure if from St. Vincent’s. I’m looking for information about both.

    Bill Tubis Posted August 1, 2020 at 4:53 pm
  19. I believe my mother was adopted as an infant from this orphanage. Her name was Joan Veronica Wilde. She was born Oct 20 1931. Her adoptive parents were Carl and Vera Wilde. I am interested in my birth grandmothers identity. My mother was so lovely and was adopted by the Wilde’s as a newborn. The Wilde’s were great people. I just wish I knew about my birth grandmother.

    Danielle Mostes Posted September 1, 2020 at 11:48 pm

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