I was born Starr Ann Hickey. I was adopted. My birth mother was also adopted. Her adoptive surname was _________ but this was not her real family name. Her name at birth was Gladys Ruth Malone. Her mother, Gladys Viola Malone, came to Ontario, Canada from The Bahamas in 1930, as a pregnant teenager. There was no father listed. The authorities were told that the father drowned at sea. The parents of Gladys Viola Malone were Joshua Baron Malone (1895-1919) and Vera Gladys Weatherford Malone (1900-1930), both of The Abaco Islands in The Bahamas. They had another daughter, Vera Joyce Malone. After Joshua Baron Malone died in 1919, Vera married the Scottish missionary, James Fraser, born in Scotland but whose family emigrated to Hamilton Ontario in 1910. Vera and James had a 4 children together (and one stillborn infant son, b. and d. Feb. 29, 1930) . I cannot find a death record for Vera Gladys herself. After her death, James returned to Hamilton with his children, born of Vera and him, as well as his pregnant step-daughter, Gladys Viola. The border crossing record notes only 2 of their 4 children). Gladys Viola gave birth to Gladys Ruth, my birth mother, and died 14 days later. Gladys Ruth was then adopted by a family in Mitchell, Ontario, so she officially had another name when I was born.
I think I have found the name of my missing grandfather as I have found a 1st cousin and a 2nd cousin, with whom I should not match but with whom I share a significant amount of DNA. I did not have o look very far to find this match.
This information comes from 2 sources: The Bahamas DNA Project and the Children’s Aid Society of Perth County.
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