Leila Teresa Phelps was born on July 26, 1954 to C. Wayne Phelps, Attorney-at-Law and Patricia Orle Palmer, homemaker, in Compton, California. She was born at 8:11 AM and, coincidentally, weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. She had three older sisters. They were Loris Gail Phelps (Pepperdine) age 15, Joanne Louise Phelps (Gilchrist) age 11, and Barbara Lyn Phelps (Rodriguez) age 8. The family lived at 1000 E. Peck Street in Compton until Wayne's death in 1983. Leila attended Augusta A. Mayo Elementary, Whaley Junior High School, both in Compton, and David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach where she graduated in 1972. She went on to an Interdisciplinary Course of Study at The Small College but eventually earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Language Arts from Long Beach State University.
In 1978 she married Micheal Joseph Brandt, a mechanical engineer. They had two sons, Jacob Micheal Brandt born in 1980, and Gregory James Brandt, born in 1983. Leila and Mike lived first in Long Beach and later settled in Redondo Beach, California.
Professionally, Leila began by helping out in her father's legal practice as needed from time to time during her teens. After her marriage to Micheal she worked for a time as a technical writer for American Honda and then moved into working as a professional buyer for industry. First for Rachelle Laboratories in San Pedro, California and then for Deutsch Manufacturing in Gardena.
With the birth of her children she took a break from working until 1985 when she began working as a substitute teacher, primarily for the Lynwood Unified School District. In 1986 she became a full-time teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching high school English. She taught very briefly at Locke Senior High School in South Central and then moved to Wilson High School in El Sereno where she stayed until 2000. After Wilson she taught at Carson High School until she retired from teaching in 2012.
Leila and Micheal divorced in 1998. She remarried in 1999 to Jerrold Edward Schutz. Leila and Jerry settled in Torrance, California.
I am a retired high school English teacher living in Southern California. My family is from Kansas/Missouri but I was born here. Our ancestry is woven throughout the history of the United States and I'm proud to say that I had ancestors in Jamestown and on the Mayflower. They have fought in every war we've struggled through. They came west in wagons, settling the prairies, and they followed the hunt for gold in the new territories.
I am most fascinated by immigrant stories and those of westward expansion. I have managed to trace my family back to England and other countries, even to royal lines, but I find those stories less interesting.
I am also extremely interested in DNA research.
I, Leila Schutz, have been asked to explain how I have confirmed DNA matches to both my mother and my father.
I have tested at ancestry.com, 23andme.com, ftdna.com and I have uploaded my raw data to gedmatch. My son, Gregory Brandt has tested on 23andme.com My full sister, Loris Pepperdine, has tested on 23andme.com Loris' daughter tested on 23andme.com as did her daughter and son. Another great-nephew, son of another of Loris' daughters, tested. Everyone matches everyone appropriately. I match my sister as a full sibling and my sister matches my son as his aunt. My sister and I have matched two maternal first cousins and other slightly more distant cousins on both our mother's Palmer (paternal) and Casad (maternal) sides. We have also match cousins on our Father's Daugherty (maternal) and Phelps (paternal) lines.
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