MDALLEGA-L ArchivesArchiver > MDALLEGA > 2001-01 > 0978358288
Subject: Re: [MDALLEGA] Illegitimate Children/Court Records
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 09:11:28 EST
RE: msg from else to ponder--wonder how many
births that were not of legal marriages were not registered???
And in lots of cases children were even removed from the mother and her
family if she was not registered. This occured in my family line on my
My Mother was born in June 19, 1918 in MO and no birth certificate was
ever found because the birth was not registered. My husband and I did an
legal, long, expensive search on this. The only way she ever got her Social
Security was because she was on a Census in 1920 and her name was recorded in
ink in several family bibles belonging to other members with lots of other
A little bit of a question exists about who her father really was. The
man I knew as my grandfather was in WW I and had been gone from U.S. for over
11 months when my mother was born. He was not m. to her mother until Oct
1919. So I feel my mother was the child of my grandmother's first husband,
whom she divorced in 1915, and he was killed at Battle of Argone Forrest in
WW I. My suppossed grandfather and this man were in the same outfit also.
Some relative jokingly said maybe my supossed grandfather had actually shot
this other man instead of him getting killed by the enemy, but I do not think
that is what happened because the other mans complete body was not found.
Another factor is that my Mother, my middle dtr and the sister of the man
who we think was my Mothers father, all look just alike. Someone suggested
that possibly my Mother ws the illegimate dtr of the unwed sister and that
is always a possibility too. Maybe my grandmother took the baby and raised
her. My grandmother and this woman were best of friends since they were
young. The people of this family even gave his belongings that were sent back
to my mother and not his dtr of the marriage to my grandmother.
Where no records are found, how can you be sure of anything?