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Posted: 8/26/2009
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

I really do not want to make these people uncomfortable. Due to the circumstances of my birth, they may not even know that I exist. We have the same birth mother (Anna Borey), but their father, Charles Noble, who is my father of record, is not my birth father. I was adopted through the California Children's Home Society by Arden and Helen Taylor in 1933. The adoption was finalized in August of that year. I have court released records of events which took place. My siblings, Hazel (b.1929, NY) and Fredrick (b.1931 CA) may have pictures of my birth mother which would be of great value to me. I do have physical descriptions of my birth parents, their professions and those of my maternal grandparents. Any further information I could either give or receive would be greatly appreciated. This has been a lifelong search.

Two weeks from today I will have a lot of wonderful information. I won't say closure, because its like a new birth. I hired Search Quest America about a week ago to solve my case. After searching diligently on my own for the last 35 years, my case was solved in only seven days! It has been a difficult road. During the course of my search I have worked closely with two very special people, Linda and Patty. Linda explained SQAs services, recorded all of my starting information, and a few days later my case was assigned to Patty. Within 5 hours of Patty calling me for the first time I was talking with my niece and a sister on the phone. Fortunately I provided dates which were quite solid and able to be verified along with descriptions of my mother (our mother), Charles a half-brother, and Ethel, (actually Carly) my half-sister. I do quite a bit of family history and it usually comes in just a little dribble. Now its a torrent!

I can hardly believe that in two weeks I will be traveling to California. The first time I spoke with my sister she said, "there are so many people who want to meet you." The fact that they want to meet me is the first miracle. The second miracle is that Mom is still living at 97 years old. She is apparently quite sound, as well, which will allow me to gather information and get the answers I have been seeking these many years.

When I was born, my mother was married, but they had separated after having 2 children--he was at sea. I am told that my mother had an affair with another navy man and I was conceived. During the pregnancy my mother was reconciled with her husband, and they decided that for the sake of the other two children, it would be better to put me up for adoption. I have the relinquishment papers singed by them, she in Modesto and he in San Francisco. Sadly, though, they never did get back together.

Growing up I have memorized the description of my mother provided by the adoption agency. "Good health, no medical or mental defects. Birth mother married, but separated. Rel. terminated. Birth father back to sea. 5 foot, slender, light hair, blue eyes blond type attractive, dainty, nice looking. Caucasian, French/bohemian German/Jewish descent." Through the years, I have watched my daughters and granddaughters grow into that same description. The idea of one day reuniting with my birth mother was never far from my mind.

My sister said, "Oh we wanted you so badly, we just kept looking and looking until we finally found you." To me it is strange to imagine that throughout my life I have had relatives who cared about me and thought about finding me! My mother was not able to have children due to a horse-riding accident when she was younger. I was absolutely cherished and raised as an only child. I had what I needed but never lavished upon. I grew up advantaged, but never lavished. Throughout the past few days I have wondered what my new family will think of me. Will they be proud of my family and my faith--the two move important things in my life? It is so strange to suddenly be called "sis" and "Aunt Peggy."

There are many subtle connections between us that I cannot doubt that we are family. My sister is a cancer survivor, and is very encouraging to me and my youngest daughter, who has stage 4 cancer and recently decided she doesn't care to go through chemotherapy. I have 3 daughters, and they are all so very excited about this! We've always kidded about being bohemian and gypsies and all these romantic things. Yet they loved their grandparents for as long as they knew them. Now we are learning about our new family and it is wonderful!

I was born the day of the great earthquake, and the day prohibition was repealed. My mother took my siblings and sent them back to their grandpa in Philidelphia. They were separated for a number of years, and when Carly was 12, she and her mother passed through Venice, California where I lived at that time! Later they went to the Philipines, and were put in a prison camp for 2 years in world war II. This was 1941 and they tell me that they learned about two extremes of people, either extremely good or extremely evil. They would either give you the shirt off their back, or kill you for a scrap of bread. Heaven and hell all under the same roof. I don't know what I'm in for but it sounds like there's an awful lot of love--just the fact that they were looking for me proves it. I can't wait to meet them!

(Written by Mica Burton on Peggy's behalf.)

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