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Letters to Selectman requesting town to pay for unwed mothers confinement. .Hartford CT.1869
Letters to Selectman requesting town to pay for unwed mothers confinement. .Hartford CT.1869


 
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Product Code: 28001539

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A letter from the Hall of Record, Selectmen's Office dated July 30th writing to the Selectmen of Middletown (CT) requesting they pay for the confinement of $3 per week in a Hartford hospital  for an orphaned daughter, Meary Barry, of a deceased resident of Middletown. "She is in the family way by Jepee Strickland of South Glastenbury so she says" The Selectman suggests Hartford pay the bill and get reimbursed by Middletown. There was an apparent reply on August 5th, comments - see Letter book.   The Selectman then replies on August 10th providing requested information on the death of Meary's parents.  The parents both died in South Farms after working a farm on shares at "South Farms".  Meary worked in a suspender factory and lived with various families until she "got into trouble being with child by a man who had agreed to marry her but has since cleared out". The Selectman is firm--Middletown must pay. Letter sheets measure 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" The more things change....