Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children

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New York City charity, founded ca. 1797 and managed by women.

From the description of Minutes, 1797-1932. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 58776539

The Society for the Relief of Poor Widows...was proposed in 1797 in response to the ravages of yellow fever in New York. It was incorporated in 1802 under the management of 16 women and lasted 77 years.

The Society aided many women and children. In 1808, they assisted 200 widows and 600 children with food, clothing, education and lodging. Employment was also provided for the women. The women took in laundry, made clothing and wove tablecloths from flax. In 1803, a house was bought on Partition St. and a school was opened on the premises. This school lasted until 1809. A store was also opened in the building. During the life of the group, the Society spent about $316,174 - raised largely by the income generated by the women, supplemented by donations and gifts.

From the description of Manuscript-history, 1876. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122365287

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Graham, Isabella, 1742-1814. person
associatedWith Graham Windham. corporateBody
associatedWith Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler, 1757-1854. person
associatedWith Seton, Elizabeth Ann, Saint, 1774-1821. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
Child welfare
Food relief
Poor women
Social work with widows
Women in charitable work
Yellow fever

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Active 1797

Active 1932



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SNAC ID: 46699093