ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS OF NEW YORK (MIDWEST)
Nellie Mary Underwood (birth name)Nellie Mary Weidner (foster/adoptive name) Breitbach(married surname) (deceased 6/20/1986)
Nellie was born December 23, 1896 to Mary McKittrick and Charles Underwood at 226 East 57th Street, Manhattan, New York.  Nellie was taken to
NYFH on January 15, 1897.  In December 1898 Nellie boards the Orphan Train and travels to Paynesville, MN.  Nellie's first family is Jacob and
Elizabeth Neutzling.  Elizabeth passes away April 12, 1900, in June 1900's Census Nellie is still with Jacob Neutzling family and is listed as a lodger
and is four years old.  Nellie's second family is George and Eva Weidner.   In the 1910 Census Nellie is listed as daughter, 1920 Census, Nellie is
listed as adopted daughter.  Nellie was
NEVER  adopted by the Weidner's/  An Indentured agreement is signed by the Weidner's on February 25, 1910.  
Nellie's childhood was an unhappy one, with so many chores to do, beat often by Eva, blamed for things she did not do, and sexually abused by one of
the Weidner boys.  George Weidner (and one brother) was good to Nellie, but was away often and Nellie had to struggle with the things happening to
her at home.  Nellie met her future husband after church, during summer baseball games.   Frank Breitbach moved to Circle, Montana, and wrote to
Nellie.  Nellie's letters were given to her by George, unknown secret to Eva.  Frank asked Nellie to marry him; he sent her money to come to Montana.  
Nellie at the age of twenty-six (26) ran away from home.  Nellie wrote to the Weidner's, asking for her birth certificate, so she could be married.   A return
letter came from the Weidner's.  In that letter she was told that she was not their daughter.  At the age of 26, was the first time she was told that she was
not their daughter.  Now Nellie understood why she was treated so badly.  Frank and Nellie were married September 19, 1922 in Circle, Montana.  
Frank and Nellie had two sons, Donald and Harold, in Circle, Montana, then they returned to Minnesota and had  a daughter, Anna Marie, a son,
Edward and another daughter Dorothy.  Frank and Nellie were happy.  Nellie always said that Frank was the best thing that had happened to her.  In
1955, Nellie received a letter from the New York Foundling Hospital, stating that her birth mother was looking for her.  Nellie wanted to meet her.  Frank
and Nellie sent money to Mary, to come for a visit.  Nellie and Mary spent a short time together, and then Mary wanted to go back to New York.  She
disliked the small town and the quietness of it.  Mary McKittrick had nothing, a coat on her back and very little belongings.  She was living on Welfare
Island.  Mary McKittrick died shortly after her visit with her only child.  Nellie Underwood Breitbach passed away June 20, 1986 at the age of 90 in
Melrose, MN.
Presented by Dorothy Breitbach Carstens, daughter to Nellie and Kim Carstens Piehl, grand-daughter.
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George Tompkins (birth name) Betts (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Nashville Centre Township,Martin County,  MN to Joshua Betts family
Henrietta Thompson (birth name) McCadden (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County, MN to  R J McCadden family
Willie Thompson (birth name) Thomas (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fairmont, MN to R W Thomas family
Spencer Tingley (birth name)
1903 CAS Rider to Chatfield, MN.Grandmother claimed she was his guardian and never surrendered him.  Returned to grandmother in New York.
John J Travis (birth name) Clark (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fairmont, MN to William Clark family
Marie Tromboli/Troumble (birth name)Biersbach (foster/adoptive name) Wander (married surname)
Marie was born 6/22/1895 NYFH Rider in 1900  to St Cloud, MN to the Biersbach family between 1899-1901 who lived in Melrose, MN.  She went to one of these towns Melrose,
Albany, St Cloud, New Munich, Alexandria, Spring Hill, MN.  She was married to Henry Wander.
Frank Turk (birth name)
1902 CAS Rider to Wabasha County, MN
Ralph Turk (birth name) Richardson (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Wabasha County,  MN to C (E) H Richardson family
Margaret Rose Toohey (birth name) Nosen/O'Connell (foster/adoptive name) Perreault (married surname)  deceased 7-19-2009
Margaret was born March 5, 1915 in New York City, Maternity Hospital  at the New York Foundling Hospital. Her biological mother was Martha Toohey.  Martha visited frequently her
daughter Margaret at first.  She rode the Orphan Train to Crookston, MN in 1920, and was legally adoptive by Emma Noesen (a single Social Worker) August 19, 1920.  Emma later
married James O'Connell and she also took the name of O'Connell.    She married Louis Perrault on February 21, 1939.
Robert Hamby Taylor (birth name) Norbert Thelan (foster/adoptive name) (deceased 8/16/1991)
1910 NYFH Rider to Elrosa MN to Charles Watzke home, later moved toJoe Thelan Family. Born June 5, 1910 as Robert Hamby Taylor in the section of the New York Infants Asylum
(part of the New York Foundling Hospital) to Mary Ellen Taylor.  Norbert shifted from one family to the next.  He settled with Mr. & Mrs. Charles Watzke in Elrosa, (Stearns County)
Minnesota.  At age 11, in the middle of the night, Norbert was taken to live with the Joe Thelan family in Mahnomen, Minn.  Norbert was a hard working farm hand working for many
farmers in the area.  He married Evelyn Schouviller in Mahnomen.  The biological mothers bible ended up with Norbert's granddaughter through a friend of the biological mother. He
became known as Norbert Thelan.  (NYFH)  Biological mothers name Marry Allen Taylor. Her address was given on New York Foundling Home records.  Norbert died August 16,
1991.
More detail in "The Journeys of Hope"  Volume 5  (is out of print at present.)
© Renee Wendinger and
Susan Keaveny Lehner
Bayley Talty (birth name) Albert Talty Perrizo (foster/adoptive name)  Rev Perrizo (secular name) (deceased 3/30/1994)
He was born Bayley Talty, April 23, 1913 in New York City.  His infancy and early childhood was spent in Mother Seton's Foundling Home of New York City. At four years old, in 1917,  
he left New York City (NYFH) for Mankato/Lake Crystal, Minnesota.  He was placed with Fred and Kate Perrizo of Blue Earth, MN.  in 1943.  Principal of Lourdes High School in
Rochester.  Died March 30, at 80 years old.
More details in "Orphan Train Riders, Their Own Stories. Volume 3."
Mary Sullivan (birth name) Mary Bezdicek (foster/adoptive name) Allendorf (married surname) deceased 10/15/2015
Born 4/29/1915 in Manhattan, NY.  Biological parents Julia Sullivan & Alex Kalman.  A June1917 NYFH Rider to Jackson, MN at the age of 2 years old  to Louis & Bessie Bezdicek  She
remained Mary Bezdicek until the age of 18. She changed it back to
Mary Sullivan because she was never adopted.  Mary married Marshall Allendorf in 1941.  She lived in AZ for 29
years.  As of 2007 she resides at St Therese facility in Hopkins, MN.
Details in "Orphan Train Riders, Their Own Stories" Volume 4 may be purchased from the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America.
Thomas Sylvester (birth name) Siska (foster/adoptive name)
1907 NYFH Rider to St Cloud, MN to Siska family
Adolph Tachuder (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone, MN
Henry Taylor (birth name)
1880 Rider to St Cloud, MN
Robert Taylor (birth name) Woodbury (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County,  MN to Alvin Woodbury family
Antoinette Steppe (birth name) Fielder (foster/adoptive name) Runnpage (married surname)
1900 Rider to St Joseph, MN to Elizabeth & Constand Fielder family
Ina Lillian Stevens (birth name) Warner (married surname)
1898-1902 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN
William Stevenson (birth name) Hoffman (foster/adoptive name)
1899 CAS Rider to Minneapolis, MN to F Hoffman Jr family
William Stike (birth name) Baker (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Cherry Grove, MN to the Baker family
Henry Straiton (birth name)  Hasse (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS rider to Washington County, MN  to the J M Hasse family
Harriet Styba (birth name)
1916 NYFH Rider to Winona, MN
Henry Styles (birth name) Moore (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County , MN to the J W Moore family
William Styles (birth name) Hall (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County, MN to the Alonza B Hall family
K J Sui-lle (birth name) Tayler (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County, MN to R N Taylor family
Helen Stone (birth name)Helen Guck (adoptive/foster name) Helen Kosel (married surname)
Helen rode the train from New York City, to St Stephen, MN in 1889.  Helen's name was changed to Guck when she was 12 years old, or became of age.  The Foundling Home
released control of her and Helen became indentured to the family (an early form of adoption)
Fred Stenger (birth name)
1898 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN
Joseph Stauber (birth name) Sabin (foster/adoptive name)
1910 CAS Rider to Walnut Grove, MN to the  J A Sabin family.  From Brace Farm School
James Stapleton (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone County, MN
Andrew Spring (birth name) John Watson (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fraser, MN to the Watson family.  Andrew became known as John Watson
Margaret Spiller (birth name) Dorothy Javoz/Forcier (foster/adoptive name)
1916 Rider to Byrd Island, MN to the Javoz/Forcier family. She was known as Dorothy Javoz or Dorothy Forcier
Rose Solundek (birth name) Dulek (foster/adoptive name)
1916 NYFH Rider to Winona, MN to the Dulek family
Thomas Snow (birth name) Bienick (foster/adoptive name)
1918 NYFH Rider to Bowlus, MN to the Bienick family
Willie Snedicker (birth name) Watson (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County,  MN to J R Watson family
William Frank Smith (birth name) Meyer (foster/adoptive name)
1895 Rider to Buckman, MN to the Meyer family
William "Willie" Smith (birth name)
1914 Rider to Fergus Falls, MN
Louise Smith (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone County,  MN
Lizzie Smith (birth name) Hove (married surname)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone, MN
George Smith (birth name) Leatherman (foster/adoptive name)
1899 CAS Rider to Minneapolis, MN to George Leatherman family
Elsie Smith (birth name) Elsie Zawarski (foster/adoptive name) Kantor/Chmielewski (married surname) (deceased 6/26/1993)
1914 NYFH Rider to Foley, MN.   Baptised in the Hospital Chapel.  Was brought by train to Foley, Minnesota in 1914 and placed with James and  Caroline Zaworski of Gilman,
Minnesota.  She was legally adopted.  The family had five other children.  Elsie married Frank Kantor and they had eight children.  Frank died in 1972 and she remarried Steve
Chmielewski.
More details in "Orphan Train Riders, Their own stories Volume 1"  Purchase from Orphan Train Heritage Society of America
Charles Smith (birth name) St John (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County,  MN to Mrs M E St James family
Bettie Smith (birth name) Veltum (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to St James, MN to Thomas Veltum family
Herbert E Slagle (birth name)
1867 CAS Ridr to Blue Earth, MN
James Shaffrey (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone, MN
Jeremiah Shaw (birth name) Older (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County, MN to the S R Older family
Katie Shea (birth name) Tibbs (foster/adoptive name)
Rider to Faribault, MN to the Tibbs family
Alice Selttey/Setley (birth name given to her by Child Welfare) Alyce Theisen (foster/adoptive name) Sullivan (married surname) (deceased  1987)
Born 2/2/1909,  Alyce was found in a vacant lot in Brooklyn, NY by a woman.  She was given to the police and delivered to the city nurse.  .  Child Welfare named her Alice Setley and
gave her the birthdate of 2/2/1909.  She was given up to the NYFH 2/16/1909. A 1910 NYFH Rider to Albany, MN to Nicholas Theisen family.  Birth name given She married Joseph
Sullivan.
William Thompson (birth name) Schuler (foster/adoptive name)
Born1906.   1908 rider to Mt Carmel, ND to Frank & Josephine Schuler home.  Rode the train with Ellen Broderick to the Schuler home.  In 1911 William  & Ellen were indentured.    In
later years William returned to his former name  Thompson..  Two additional children also went to the Schuler home in 1922  John Kutynzyk  and Frances Stepnagel.
See  Ellen Broderick
Frances Stepnagel (birth name) Schuler (foster/adoptive name)
1922 NYFH rider to Frank & Josephine Schuler home in Mt Carmel, ND
Frances rode the train with John Kutynzyk also to the Schuler family.   They rode on one of the last trains  to arrive in the Mt Carmel, ND area.
Two other children also went to the Schuler home in 1908  Ellen Broderick and William Thompson
See Ellen Broderick
Maggie Stephens (birth name) Bradford (foster/adoptive name)
1882 rider to Watonwan County, Minnesota  to the M Bradford family.