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From: "Linda Mason" <>
Subject: Re: [ENG-STS-WALSALL] Sir Josiah Masons Orphanage
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:00:15 -0000
Such records that exist for this orphanage are kept at Birmingham Archives.
It is a fact that many children from that orphanage were indeed sent to
Canada. There is a rootsweb list for the Canadian Home Children, as they are
called. You may also find this useful:
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From: "Dennis Flavell" <>
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 10:56 AM
Subject: [ENG-STS-WALSALL] Sir Josiah Masons Orphanage
> Family lore states that my gt. aunt May FLAVELL was placed in an
> orphanage / workhouse after her mother Mary Jane FLAVELL, formerly MANDER,
> nee ONIONS, died soon after May's birth in 1881 at Walsall.
> The story also states that May FLAVELL was 'adopted' (thus a possible
> change of surname) and taken / sent to Canada. I've been trying to trace
> her for at least 15 years and of course pursue all reasonable (and not so)
> Have recently discovered in the 1891 "Sir Josiah Masons Orphanage" Census,
> Aston, a May B ONIONS aged 10 and a Daisy V ONIONS 14 , but born
> Erdington, Warwickshire.
> With Walsall being just 5 miles from Erdington and also ONIONS being the
> mother's birth name, am I trying to make 2+2 = 5 ? ie is my May FLAVELL
> this May B ONIONS.
> Father of May FLAVELL was Job, from Gornal, Sedgley.
> Would appreciate any information on the above named Orphanage and also any
> information on May FLAVELL, May B ONIONS, and Daisy V ONIONS.
> Dennis FLAVELL www.flavell.co.uk