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Great Grandfather at Bay View Asylum
I am seeking more information on Joseph L. Tall who is listed in the 1900 Federal Census as an inmate at Bay View Asylum , Highlandtown, Md.(outside of Baltimore). He is listed as 71 yrs old and born November 1828.

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Uncle who was a patient at Byberry
My mother's brother was admitted to Byberry in the late 1920s. We learned he died in 1972. My mother was forbidden to see her brother when she tried to get him out in the mid 1940s. She never pursued him after that and we learned in recent years he died in 1971 or 1972 and was buried in a mass grave because he had no known next of kin. What a horrific place and sad story of three siblings who were separated upon the death of their parents; two sisters who were raised at Mt St Vincent Home in Philadelphia and a younger brother who was committed to Byberry because two old aunts couldn't handle him! We will never know the true story.

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Uncle - Addendum
My uncle's name was Leonard Calhoun...  :-(

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Seeking records of my grandmother who died in Byberry!
Italic texthas anyone been able to get the records of their relatives who were sadly placed in Byberry?

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Seeking records of my grandmother who died in Byberry!
Italic texthas anyone been able to get the records of their relatives who were sadly placed in Byberry?

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Quote: Sun 6th 5:41 pm
Quote:Soldat251 Sat 5th 10:20 pm
I have never met any former patients of Byberry.

I had two relatives who were in Byberry. One was shellshocked in WWI and developed schizophrenia. The other believed he was Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind and the book was written about him.

I cannot remember which but one of them was in Byberry when the family moved. They left a forwarding address and told the people who bought their house that if he escaped or were released he would probably come there and to give him their address. One day he showed up but when he did not recognize the new owners when they answered the door he ran off. We don't know what happened to him.


Thank you. I was hoping to meet someone just to see how they are surviving. I was there in 1971. I really appreciate the response.


Hi Soldat251
My mother was a patient around that time hopefully you are still on this forum
I am looking for information about my mother and of coarse medical records

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Getting medical records
I am trying to get medical records about my aunt. She was in Byberry from the 40's to mid 70's and released to a community home. My mother and her sisters would never say why my aunt was committed to the hospital. I am interested because I have a couple of nieces and a nephew with mental issues. I would like to know if their issues are inherited.

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Most of the surviving records would be found here :

Records of the Department of Public Welfare, Pennsylvania State Archives, 350 North Street, Harrisburg, Pa.

http://www.phmc.pa.gov/archives/Pages/default.aspx


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