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Question regarding foundling name

Postby ajcris13 » 08 May 2011, 16:15

I was told by my mother that my GGM was illegitimate and was placed in an orphanage. It was also told to me that she knew her mother (who had relocated to Nice, France) but the name was lost to the family. I received the marrriage and birth certificates of my GGM and found that the name of her mother was listed as Carmela Esposito, father was unknown. My relatives said that they do not believe that this is the real name, rather it was derived from the orphanage of the same name (many foundlings had the last name of Esposito). I disagree, if this were so, there would be no name listed for the mother. I believe that my GGM's mother's name was Esposito. Let me know your thoughts.

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Re: Question regarding foundling name

Postby johnnyonthespot » 08 May 2011, 16:23

If your GGM was a true foundling/abandoned infant, her birth certificate would state that and would include details concerning where she was "found" and by whom, what clothing/blankets she was dressed in, etc.

I think you are correct; considering the surname Esposito, GGM's mother (or an earlier ancestor) may have been a foundling.

Neither of these facts precludes the possibility that your GGM was sent to an orphanage at some time after her birth was formally recognized. For example, if her own mother died and there were no other relatives (or none who were willing to take her in), GGM may have ended up in an orphanage.

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Re: Question regarding foundling name

Postby ajcris13 » 08 May 2011, 16:37

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