Now..here's what happened. On March 22, 1898, Antoinette Louise "Carlow" Bussell, died. According to her certificate of death, the cause was "Pleuro Pneumonia, Premature Birth (8) months, cardiac failure". The child she was bearing was stillborn. Both mother and daughter are buried in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery in an "as yet" unmarked grave. An infant child by the name of Philip Henderson is also buried in the same plot, having died at age 2 months in 1917.
Mary Rebecca Carlow, Antoinette's mother, purchased the lot but there is, yet, no evidence of Richard (her husband) being buried in this cemetery.
From the records of the Home for the Friendless, on April 8, 1898, just 17 days after Antoinette died, Richard, Philip and Victor Bussell were "surrendered" to the orphanage for outplacement. The "cause of surrender" was "Death of mother. Father not able to support them. Miss H. Rhoades, 2 W. 36th St. interested in case and will pay the board. $15.00 per month." "Bessie - Nov 20, 1896 - is boarding with Mrs. Jacob Miller, Van Siclen Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y."
Rosalie is not mentioned but we know she went to live with her grandmother (Mary Rebecca Carlow). Why this happened is not known.
The three boys, Richard, Phillip and Victor, became a part of American history that most Americans know little about...
The Orphan Train Movement
Between 1854 and 1929, nearly a quarter of a million orphaned children were resettled by the movement. More can be learned at the National Orphan Train Complex
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