These records consist of nine volumes, and several loose documents stored in some of these volumes, kept by the Board of Trustees of the Bayland Orphan Home from inception until it closed in 1948. Originally, the Bayland Orphan Home was sited near Morgan’s Point on Goose Creek in what is now Baytown (see map, right).
These records are far from complete, and only three board minute books and four financial ledgers remain from what was transferred from the orphanage on April 26, 1932, to Harry Washburn, Harris County Auditor (see Accession Information, which follows). Until the processing of these records was complete, the Harris County Archivist can demonstrate that not all of the records have been available to researchers. Thus, researchers should read all secondary histories with care.
The population schedules of the 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Federal censuses can be used with these records to help determine some of the names of the orphans nurtured by this institution during its lifetime.
The full eight-page finding aid for the Bayland Orphan Home, by Robert de Berardinis, is available as a PDF document.- 1979 photo of Morgan’s Point of Goose Creek area courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.