Paternal Grandfather mystery - adopted?

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My paternal grandfather [Batcheler-21] is somewhat of a mystery and was the initial reason I started my genealogical journey & research just over two years ago. I suspect he was either 1) adopted (highest probability), or 2) great grandmother had an affair or was molested.  Why?

FamilyTree DNA family finder showed ancestry containing Native American, Spain and Turkey. No family history/ancestry on either side has any of this. I had a follow-up Y test done (I'm transgender). I have 0 degree Y matches in Mexico! Also in none of the family lines. Added to this, the epigenetics / histories of both this paternal grandfather and my birth father (my mother divorced when I was young and I never saw him again) are similar as well, even though this paternal grandfather was never in my birth father's life either.

Would this be a case for an adoption angel? The paternal grandather was born in 1912 and his 'parents' (the great grandparents) were in Kansas City which, I discovered, was a major orphan train stop.

3/21 - Oh, one more theory: he could have been switched at birth at the hospital. He was a wanted child, had his paternal grandfather's first name, and maternal grandfather's nickname as his middle name.  His parents stayed together for life.

Finally, my apologies for so little info on his record. 98% of all my work is on Family Search. I discovered WikiTree via a DNA match with a fourth cousin from FamilyTree DNA.  As there is no way to port information from that site to here, it's quite a bit of slogging to duplicate it all!

This is all likely TMI, but the matches in Mexico definitely amp up the mystery of this genealogical mystery.

Thanks in advance,
WikiTree profile: George Batcheler
in Genealogy Help by Melissa Moon G2G Crew (740 points)
edited by Melissa Moon

This shows born in Missouri.

George Recey Batcheler

 in the U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

Name: George Recey Batcheler
Gender: Male
Age: 28
Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
Birth Date: 25 Nov 1912
Residence Place: Mounds, Louisiana, USA
Registration Date: 1940-1945
Household Members:
Name Relationship
George Recey Batcheler Self (Head)

This shows born in Missouri.

Name: George Bachelor
Age: 7
Birth Year: abt 1913
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1920: Kansas City Ward 2, Jackson, Missouri
Street: Bellview
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital status: Single
Father's name: Hensby Bachelor
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's name: Sophie Bachelor
Mother's Birthplace: Missouri
Attended School: Yes
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Hensby Bachelor 32
Sophie Bachelor 30
George Bachelor 7
Tinnie Bachelor 13

This shows born in Missouri.

George R Batcheler

 in the California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: George R Batcheler
Social Security #: 481105013
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 25 Nov 1912
Birth Place: Missouri
Death Date: 29 Aug 1959
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Totten
Father's Surname: Batcheler

Here is a girl associated with the Batchelers. In 1910 she is Lillie Wallace. In 1920 she is listed as Tinnie Bachelor.

Lillie Wallace

 in the 1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Lillie Wallace
[Lellie Wallace] 
Age in 1910: 3
Birth Year: abt 1907
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1910: Kansas Ward 1, Jackson, Missouri
Street: Pennsylvania Ave
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital status: Single
Father's name: Bert Batchlor
Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's name: Sopha Batchlor
Mother's Birthplace: Missouri
Native Tongue: English
Attended School: No
Able to Read: No
Able to Write: No
Household Members:
Name Age
Bert Batchlor 23
Sopha Batchlor 18
Lillie Wallace 3
Thanks Betty.  I have all of the above.  Interestingly, Lillie/Tinnie is Sophia's step-sister.  Sophia's mother, Manerva Wallace, is on the census form with them in 1910. By 1920 Manerva had been committed to an asylum and Bert & Sophia were raising her, it appears. She then disappears from the record.

This is George's second marriage. Who was his first wife?

eorge Batcheler

 in the South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017

Name: George Batcheler
Gender: Male
Marriage Age: 24
Birth Date: abt 1913
Residence Post Office: Waterloo, Iowa
Residence Place: Black Hawk
Marriage Date: 29 May 1937
Marriage Place: Yankton, South Dakota, USA
Spouse: Doris May Lynn
Certificate: 191674
LOL!   Doris was his third wife!  My grandmother, Blanche McCallum, was his second wife, and Dorothy (I'm at work and don't have her info here) was his first. He even had a fourth wife (née Dahlhauser) in the 50s before he died in '59.

2 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer
Hi Melissa,

Adoption Angels can indeed help you with this kind of search. We not only help living adoptees, but cases of unknown parentage in family members. There can be a limit to the time period involved (not too far back), but your situation is one we handle all the time as long as at least one DNA test is involved which it appears you have.

You are welcome to fill out our application which is the first link under the help tab at the top right of your WikiTree screen.

On that note, I assume you have looked at the DNA matches for people who might match you with the same surnames your grandfather has? The reason I ask, is using ethnicity alone as a determiner can be a tricky business. Ethnicity varies among testing companies.

by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (611k points)
selected by Melissa Moon
+1 vote

I volunteer with an organization called DNAadoption. We have a Google Group dedicated to helping people find birth family. We have several members doing searches for a grandparent's family. I would recommend that you get your autosomal DNA in more databases. Ancestry has the largest by far and they do not accept transfers. The next time they go on sale, I would test there. In the meantime, download your Family Finder raw DNA file and transfer it to, LivingDNA, and GEDmatch Genesis. (There was a problem transferring from FTDNA to MH recently, but hopefully they have it solved now.) MH will charge a one-time $29 fee to unlock the tools such as the chromosome browser and shared matches. This is well worth the fee in this kind of search. LD is currently in Beta testing as is free for the time being. GEDmatch is a free transfer.

I would also recommend that you investigate the Dana Leeds' color clustering method. MH will do this in an automated fashion. There are a couple other companies automating it on other sites (DNAgedcom and Genetic Affairs). The clustering allows you to identify clusters of matches to represent your grandparents or great grandparents. This will allow you to focus on matches related to your grandfather.

Good luck in your search.

Pam Tabor
by Pam Tabor G2G4 (4.9k points)

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