Mother Thought Her Newborn Died When She Was Actually Stolen For Adoption. 70 Years Later, They Found Each Other
December 17, 2018 10:18 By Fabiosa
The amazing stories of relatives’ reunion many years after aren’t a rarity nowadays. In 1949, Genevieve Purinton gave birth to a beautiful girl whom she had been waiting for a long time. However, the doctors soon reported about the baby’s death. At the same time, they never did show the child’s body, making Genevieve stay suspicious all these years.
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Margaret Ann Mitch, Genevieve's daughter, was stolen for adoption and was soon renamed Connie Moultroup. The first 5 years of her life were quite happy, but the girl’s adoptive mother soon passed away. Her stepmother, Bonnie Chase, wasn’t very friendly with her. Moultroup had always been dreaming of meeting her own mother to save her, but she lived most of her life without knowing anything about her.
As a Christmas gift, Bonnie presented Connie with an AncestryDNA analysis kit, which ultimately helped the woman find her biological relatives. Their first meeting took place almost 70 years after at Haley Park Apartments nursing home in Tampa.
Genevieve Purinton says she was told that her daughter died shortly after birth in 1949.— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) 6 December 2018
But it turned out that daughter, Connie Moultroup, was adopted and lived most of her life not knowing her biological mother.
This month, the pair reunited: https://t.co/pViDrA3g51
Ancestry offers everyone not only to create their own family tree but also to look for lost relatives based on an extensive database in North and South America, as well as some countries in Europe and Africa. It is a unique opportunity for people interested in their origin without any other possibility to find it out.
This is not the only reunion after so many years. According to Khon2, in 2017, brothers, who had been living close to each other for 60 years and were best friends, also received such a gift. Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane met at school. The age difference between them was only 15 months.
Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson have been friends for more than 60 years.— Patricia Dickson (@Patrici15767099) 27 December 2017
Macfarlane never knew his father, and Robinson was adopted. Both turned to DNA-matching websites to find out more.
It turns out, they shared the same birth mother.https://t.co/LExHVhHb7G
Macfarlane was brought up by a single mother, while Robinson grew up in a foster family. Over the years, both men had almost no relatives left. Alan turned to Ancestry, hoping to find his origin, and found a brother with the same X-chromosome. As it turned out, Walter tried to find his father using the same test.
CNN: After 60 years of friendship, they learned they're biological brothers - Seventy-four-year-old Walter Macfarlane and 72-year-old Alan Robinson have been friends for more than 60 years. Born in Honolulu, they first met in elementary school, played... https://t.co/sfzT2xBPeY— George J Huba PhD (@DrHubaEvaluator) 27 December 2017
It is probably important for most of us to know and understand who we really are. Similar reunion stories years after are significant not only for those with whom they happen but also for other people. They are inspired to search for the truth about their origin and are motivated not to give up their attempts.
What about you? How big is your family tree? Have you ever found a lost relative? Share your experience in the comments.