Finding a Half-Sister
When my mother was in a nearby hospital in 1958 to deliver my brother, a nurse introduced herself and pronounced our last name correctly. The nurse said that her mother’s last name was Freisem. After some research, we learned that the mother was my grandfather’s half sister Ethel, whom my grandfather had never met.
My great grandfather, John, married twice. He had three children in this marriage, only one of whom lived into adulthood. John’s first wife died during the birth of the third child, who died six months later. The surviving child, Ethel, went to live with an aunt and uncle on her mother’s side.
John remarried my great grandmother approximately six months after the death of his first wife. The couple had four children, one of whom was my grandfather 1894, born in 1894. Due to my great-grandfather’s failing health, my grandfather and two of his siblings were placed in foster homes in May 1901, shortly before John’s death in January 1903 of TB.
Although my grandfather did see his birth mother and his siblings, a few times after being place in a foster home, the bond was not particularly close, so some information about the family was lost.
Jump forward to 1958. After the information about my grandfather’s half-sister was established, my grandparents did come for several visits and each visit included a visit with his half sister.