I am looking for a 3rd cousin. I have been working on ancestry information, and came across a close family member Florence who was adopted out.
She was born in 1927 in Johnson City, Tennessee. In the early 1930's her parents divorced, and the mother took the 3 children they had together.
Her mother placed them on a Poor Farm for temporary care while she went to Washington DC to look for work. When she came back for her children, Florence had been adopted out.
I have been in touch with the Grandchildren of Florence's sister, Louise and what I know so far is:
- I tried submitting to the state of Tennessee for them to give me her adoption records (with Florence's great nephew's listed on there in case they needed to contact them), and they denied my claim saying that I am not a qualified applicant. They continue to allude to the fact that she may have been a black market adoption (which is what I have suspected all along).
- The Poor Farm that Florence and her siblings were put into was most likely run by an Uncle on their Grandmother's side, but they wouldn't have known it. Reason being that their father's mother put her own 2 boys up for adoption after their father was shot and killed and then split.
- Florence & Louise's mother had another family with another man. All this happened in Johnson City, Tennessee.
- The only reason I know that the Poor Farm was most likely one run by an Uncle is because I have made contact with my Great Great Grandmother's side of the family (she was 1 of 28 children) and have learned some that way.
She is likely now deceased, but I just want to know what happened to Florence C. ??? and who adopted her and name she took?