Lincoln County

Orphan Train Riders

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This Page is dedicated to the children who arrived in Madison County aboard the Orphan Trains.
Hopefully the information found here will help those researching their ancestors
that came to Nebraska on one of the infamous Orphan Trains.
Beginning sometime during 1853, charitable institutions in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families, hoping the children would fare better out west than on the streets of New York. Orphan trains began arriving in Nebraska during 1854 ending about 1930.  During this time over 3400 children were placed in Nebraska homes.   Some of the children had pleasant experiences with their new adopted families and some did not.  Some children remained in Lincoln County for the remainder of their lives and raised families while others moved on and lived out their lives in other places.

Today there is a national orphan train museum located in Concordia Kansas.  I encourage you to visit their facebook page

Below is a list of children brought to Lincoln county.  If you know of anyone else who arrived in Lincoln county via the Orphan Train please contact the county coordinator.

First Name Middle Name Last Name adopt first adopt mid adopt last m/f dob Where Born Age at Arrival Organi- Date Arrival Arrival Town Family Taking Where Family 2nd Family Birth Mother Birth Father Source Married Name Spouse Died Obit Other Names
Anne   Devanney       F 1916 New York 5   1921 North Platte Alois & Ruby Rubenthaler Lincoln Co       Misc       no Devaney
Emma Mae Howard       F 1884   6   1890 North Platte Grace North Platte       NOTC       no  
Charles Henry Strasburg       M 07/05/1876 Germany or Nebraska 8   1884 North Platte Doug Pearce     Elizabeth Strasburg   Misc   Winifred Bailey 21550 yes

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