Ah ha ha ha haaaa! I broke a brick wall!

+20 votes
Long story, but my ex-husband and father of my children was born to a mother considered "simple," so he was put in the custody of his grandmother, Mary Lillie.  She died when he was eleven and he bounced around from couch to couch, etc. even though his parents later married and had like 6 more kids who lived with them, whatever.  So who was this grandmother?  No record.  I found the grandfather, but the grandmother said he may not have been the father of her son (my ex's father).  I always thought she was probably just messing with people.  My daughter tested her DNA and I still think Miss Mary Lillie was messing with everyone.  Anywho, my ex's father passed last month, which is sad even though the last time I saw him, he had his hands around my throat and was choking me.  I just found his obit and it names his mother, all his bro's and sisters.  I knew some of them, but some had died young.  At any rate, I found Mary Lillie in the 1940 Census!  No mother, but I know her father and some sisters now.
WikiTree profile: Mary Lillie Chestnut
in The Tree House by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (544k points)
Thank you guys for your comments,  but I forgot the most important part. I was going over my watch list and trying to update my managed profiles.

5 Answers

+7 votes
Thank you for the story!
Bless your heart.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
+6 votes
Wow! Your story reminds us that real life can be messy. But that's OK, because real life is never wrapped up in a tidy little package. Thanks for sharing.
by Bart Triesch G2G6 Pilot (253k points)
+6 votes
Good for you Lucy.  Choked you... well it might be sad that he died, but at least he helped you in the end.

Cath, Tasmania
by Catherine Plunkett G2G1 (1.4k points)
+5 votes

I'm happy for you.  What a journey!  This has inspired me to keep searching for the true story underneath some half-truths and partially correct stories about another ancestor.

Regards, Janine
by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
+3 votes
Breaking down a brick wall is always a very good feeling, Good job Lucy.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

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