For much of my life, my Grannie was not shy or bothered about the fact that she was adopted. I can't say the same for when my mother was growing up. She was a teenager when she learned her mother was adopted. In my Grannie's personal history, she told the story of when her own sister found out she was adopted. Her sister Peggy came barreling into their home with fumes coming out of her ears (okay, literary licenses, but Peggy was very upset). She said,"'Hey Louse, did you know we were adopted?"
|Scan of original adoption papers for Marie Anderson,|
of Franklin County, Ohio in 1925
In my Grannie's typical not easily provoked attitude, she replied, "So?" My grandmother adored her mother Lura Maude Smith and her father Harry Howard Long. If they didn't actually give birth to her, she didn't care. They were her parents and were so very, very kind to her.
Later in life, Louise did benefit from her birth mother. Her birth mother had a small estate and it was kept in a trust (I think that it was it was called) until Louise was an adult. In that trust, Louise inherited a home in Newark, Licking, Ohio. When Louise got married, she sold that property to purchase major items with her new husband Lewis Sherman Brown. I believe they bought their home at 716 Hanford Street in Columbus, Ohio.
So, who is Louise's birth mother? Her name is Agnes Anderson. And what's interesting is that Louise Eleanor Long was born Marie Agnes Anderson.
|Scan of Agnes Anderson Original death Certificate|
According to her death certificate, Agnes was single and about 36. No birth date is known. The informant was a hospital that's very hard to read. But in any case, keeping that in mind the additional personal facts are related. Her parents are Wm and Amanda (Sparks) Anderson of Evansville, Missouri.
Agnes worked, at the time of her death, as a clerk in the stenographer industry. She died of eclampsia after her daughter was born. Agnes is supposed to be buried in Newark, Ohio, but I've yet to find the cemetery. Side note: The baby did have residual effects of eclampsia, and was a very sickly baby. However, Agnes' sickly baby with no one in the world at her birth lived to nearly 92 years old and was loved by so very, very many.
My Grannie had in her possession the copy of her adoption papers. Again, she adored her parents and her birth mother was deceased, so she didn't pursue anything further about Agnes. She didn't feel there was any need. She was loved and well cared for. Nothing more of the story was needed. How very different Louise's attitude is from the many adopted persons of today who claim to be incomplete without knowing more about their birth parents.
Now, I'm seeking out the life of Agnes not because I need to know who she is to feel complete. I'm seeking out her life because a) I'm an amateur genealogist and the mystery bugs me and b) because I want Agnes to be remembered. If I don't, know one else really will.
|From the original scan of adoption packet of Marie Anderson|
As I said, I have adoption papers for Louise Long (aka Marie Anderson). In the packet, her adopted father indicated what he had learned about Agnes. According to what he had learned, Agnes was a stenographer and bookkeeper for B & O Railroad Company. (side note: My great-grandfather Geiszler worked for the same company as a pattern maker. Small world, or big industry in Ohio?)
The document goes on to say that Agnes' delivery of a child came as a big shock to those she worked with. She always 'bore a good reputation, was quite an industrious woman' so her having a baby was very unexpected. For some reason, though she had this baby out of wedlock, I like that statement. She was a hard worker and had a good reputation.
For years, that's all we've known about Agnes, until recently.