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Re: Orphanges in Oshkosh
Posted by: Mary Monhardt (ID *****2472) Date: November 23, 2004 at 05:24:55
In Reply to: Orphanges in Oshkosh by Amy of 872

Janet,

I was wondering if you ever got any information on Orphanages in Winnebago County, most likely near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

I can pinpoint dates because I know the death date of my great grandmother Mariah Flanigan-O'Reilly,
Mariah died August 5, 1880 leaving:

Anna b. 1868 Married Pat Phelan
Mary Louise b. 1869 married Joe Kelly
Catherine b. 1870 married John McCabe
Sarah Ellen b. 1873 married John Samuel Bray
Brigetta b. 1877 married Bill Metcalf
Agnes b. 1878 died when she was about 5 years old

There were three other children that did not survive but are mentioned in burial and census information. So, this young woman who died of a heart attack must have worked herself to death. Her younger sister also died young. I do have to say that heart problems did rear in the family later so maybe there was some congenital defect. But, having 9 children between the ages of 20-30 has to do a real number on your body. Just think of all that work, whew!!!

So, here you have 6 children from the ages of 12 to 2, suddenly left without a mother and a father who has to manage a Hog farm on O'Reilly Road in Omro/Poygan.

Alex married again to Alice Kelley January 4, 1883. So, that only leaves 16 months that the family was without a Mom.

So, I am looking for an unnamed Orpahanage that that was in business from August 5, 1880 until January 4, 1883.

Another note, I know we have conversed before and I always felt that had to be some familial and when I was looking at World Tree I found you have a Patrick Flanigan listed. Now, Patrick Flanigan is the younger brother of the above Mariah Flanigan. Patrick would be married to Julissa Tritt, I believe.

Let me know if we can sort this out, I really feel we have ties in common somehow.


Mariah was only about 30 when she died leaving 5 small daughers. Alex O'Reilly the father did remarry rather quickly to Alice Kelley.

However, all the family stories tell us the young girls were in an orpahange for a time and that is where my grandmother and great aunts supposedly received their great cooking skills. They especially tell of the breads that the sister could bake.

Have you heard of any names of the Orpanage or where it was located in Oshkosh. My aunts, ( now deceased ) always thought that maybe the girls were just sent to the closest regional Covent in the town to help with the nuns or just to be looked after. It is a moot point, the aunt that had some questions has now passed away and I was able to tell her a few things but found more after she passed away.




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