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From: Joan Flatt <>
Subject: Re: [ILPULASK ] Unsolved Mystery!
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 18:36:46 -0700 (PDT)
Have you tried the surnames DuNham and GarDner. There
were a lot of families by this name in Mississippi Co.
Charleston is in Mississippi Co. MO.
Joan in MO
> A big unsolved mystery!
> As my mother tells this story:
> Edna Marie Garner was born on July 4 1900 in
> Charleston Mo. Her parents are
> unknown as her mother was said to have died either 6
> weeks, 6 months or 6
> years after her birth. After the mother died, the
> unknown father took off to
> Alexander County IL where he would drop of his
> daughter to stay with the
> Durham family whom listed her as orphan in the
> census and at one point Edna even
> went by Durham instead of Garner.
> My mother has her grandmother's, Edna Marie Garner
> McKee, bible and in this
> bible is a name "Maxine Garner" . We have no idea
> who she is but assume she
> may her mother. A twist to this story is that
> before Edna died, a man came
> to her (my mother a teenage girl remembers the day
> very well) and introduced
> himself as her half brother. His name was Otis
> LIGHT Durham. He went by Otis
> Light. My mother recalls Otis telling Edna that he
> tracked her down by her
> birth record in Charleston. I would also assume
> that Otis' family may hold
> the key to her mystery but I have no idea where to
> look for them as I don't
> even know whom he was married too.
> I did send off for her death certificate today but I
> do not think it will
> say who her parents were as no one knew. I am
> trying to find someone whom can
> do a birth search for Edna in MO because I can not
> order a birth record as
> the internet show records available after 1910 if I
> am not mistaken.
> Got ideas or is there someone in MO or IL that can
> help me do a search? I
> will be glad to pay for your research.
> Angela DiBlasi
> Tampa, Florida
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