Early 1900s Midwest Orphanage/Children's Home

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Edited to Clarify the question:  Can anyone point me toward finding a children's home where these children may have lived about 1900-1915?

Family story suggests the children from this family group were in a Children's Home in the early 1900s.  They were born in Cass County, Illinois and were not orphans.


Marion Bentley Logue 1867 Illinois - 1925 Iowa

Ethel Vivian Roach 1873 Kansas - Unclear. Seems to have lived past 1940s.


Claude 1891 - ?

Guy Clifton - 1894-1942

Fred 1896 - ?

James 1897 - ?


1900 Polk county IA Census has everyone but James.  I attached him to the family via Iowa christening indexes.  

An 1899 book published on the Funk family (Ethel's mother was a Funk) lists Ethel, Marion, and their 2 children Guy and Claude - James & Fred aren't mentioned either way.

1905 Census I find Marion, divorced, in Iowa. (a lot of other researchers have him as "Marcus, due to mis-transcriptions, but it is Marion).

1910 Census I can't find anyone.  There's a *maybe* Claude Logue on a Vigo County Indiana census, in Rose Children's Home, very little info. I'd dismissed this until I heard the family story for Guy.

1817 - Guy married & entered WWI. He lists his father as Bentley C Logue, but has his mother's name right (yes I've gone through a lot to confirm his father was Marion Bentley Logue, and that Bentley C and Marion Benton are the same person).  At his second marriage he lists his father as Bentley C again.  It seems his mother was at his second wedding.

Guy died when his daughter (my grandmother) was 8.  She recalls being told much later that her father had spent time in a children's home. I'm visiting her in a few weeks to work on family genealogy and would really like to have more information for her.  

Guy & Marion appear in a Des Moines area directory shortly after the war. Hard to say if they met, since the name isn't right on the second marriage license either.  Marion appears as Marion in directories and census takings, it's only the marriage licenses where he's Bentley C.  

Marion worked as a laborer and died after being hospitalized for a very long time with gangrene, died from it ( complications of Raynaud's) in a hospital near where Guy lived in 1925.  The informant appears to have been a neighbor who couldn't answer a lot of questions about him.

Ethel seems to have married several times.  I'm still tracing her, there are multiple people with the right names. No idea when she died.  

Family oral history has a little about Ethel, nothing about Marion, and it was a surprise Guy had brothers at all.  

Thank you!      

No link at this point - I'm plodding through GEDCOM upload matches so most of my people & sources aren't here.  But I'm FourCenturies on Ancestry and my tree is public, with sources for the above there.
in Genealogy Help by T W G2G1 (1.5k points)
edited by T W
Many Wikitreers do not have Ancestry subscriptions, so it would be helpful if you could link the Wikitree profile for a member of the family group to your question. Is there a specific question about them that you are needing help with?
Hi thanks!

Silly me. I want to find more info about the children being in a home.

Guy’s profile here is empty; I’m working on reviewing my GEDCOM import here. I put as much data here as I could since I’m aware most people here don’t use Ancestry.

Claud Logue

 in the 1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Claud Logue
Age: 8
Birth Date: Dec 1891
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1900: Loudon, Fayette, Illinois
House Number: 6
Sheet Number: 15
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 277
Family Number: 278
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Step Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's name: Freelove Amermon
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Attended School: 7
Household Members:
Name Age
Wm Amermon 34
Freelove Amermon 25
Claud Logue 8
Goldie Logue 5
Eva Amermon 1
Noah Amermon 6
Chas Amermon 6
Thank you!  It appears this Claude was the son of a Columbus Logue, who died.

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