In my research, I've come across an ancestor in the Philadelphia House of Refuge. She was 15 at the time (1870 census). I have a couple of questions about this:
Was this only an orphanage, or was it a home for unwed mothers? If the latter, do any records exist today about the children born there?
My ancestor was from western Maryland. Was this the norm to take in children from so far away?
Thank you for your help.