|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1853|
Mary Adair died at the age of 5 weeks old. Her death certificate is signed by Augustine H Fish, MD noting cause of her death as asphyxia. Dr. Fish is on the 1860 census of Philadelphia as A. H. Fish, a 31 year old doctor, so would have been a young physician of about 24 when he signed off on Mary's passing.
No information is given on her parents, who may have been residents (or "inmates" as they were then called) nearby in the Blockley compound consisting of a poorhouse, insane asylum, hospital, and orphanage. The certificate indicates she was a patient at Philadelphia Hospital Blockley, which was part of the Blockley poorhouse or almshouse. She would have been buried at the poor house graveyard of the time in West Philadelphia between 34th Street and University Avenue, near Pine or Woodland. As the linked article states, in 2001 when construction at the former site was done, many bodies were recovered and moved to Woodlands Cemetery. We can not be sure young Mary Adair made the move successfully. Here online at least may she rest in peace.
For more on this cemetery see this terrific blog entry with lots of well-done pictures.
For further information on Blockley, see:
"Blockley Almhouse" picture and links from The Poorhouse Story"
Blockley Almhouse, interments discovered and reburial (requires Adobe Acrobat for PDF file)
"Fearful Disaster in Philadelphia" from 1864 New York Times (requires Adobe Acrobat for PDF file)
"Disaster in Philadelphia, particulars on the falling of the walls" from 1864 New York Times (requires Adobe Acrobat for PDF file)
"Blockley, The Memory Lingers On"
"Anatomy's Graveyard" by Matt Dowling
Picture of Philadelphia Hospital And Blockley Almshouse from Bryn Mawr College collection
"Osier at Blockley" from Time Magazine, June 17, 1940
"Welfare and the Poor in the Nineteenth-century City: Philadelphia, 1800-1854" by Priscilla Ferguson Clement, sections readable on Google Books
Map and Plans of Blockley Almshouse, 1818-1819
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: May 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27124996
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M J Carroll