Barbra (Barbara) Ann (Cooley) Bettis

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Barbara Ann "Cooley" Seated in 1935-37?: Do you recognize these children...could they be other adoptees just as my Mother Barbara was. Her DOB is given as 10/21/1931 (?) Not positive this is true. Locations would be PA, WV or Ohio. Looking for Birth Family! Thank you, Suzan, Barbara's daughter. Update: The boy in the back is Robert Hitchens from Wheeling, WV. His Uncle Herbert M Cooley adopted my mother Barbara. He does not remember the other children in the photo.
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Ancient Faces
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1936 they're all so cute (especially the boy in the center!) but there seems to be an adoption mystery in this photo. Can you help?
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Suzan Chilcoat
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My Grandparents- Herbert M Cooley and Bonnie Grace Cooley adopted Mother, but would never divulge any information...said they were taking it to the grave. They did!
Mar 09, 2014 · Reply
Suzan Chilcoat
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The young boy in the back is Robert Hitchins adoptive "cousin" to my mother Barbara. Photo taken approximately 1936.
Apr 20, 2014 · Reply
Esther Evans
That is so sad....even adopted children should know where their roots are...even though they consider the adoptive family their own....
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
MaryAnn Ferguson
Esther Evans I was adopted and do not care Who gave me life. The people who Loved and Nutured me are the Only ones who matter.🤗
Feb 17, 2019 ·
Esther Evans
Yes, and I know many who feel the same way...I wasn't referring to a child finding their birth parents...only the roots....
Feb 17, 2019 ·
MaryAnn Ferguson
Esther Evans I understand but I like Not knowing my roots.
Feb 17, 2019 ·
Brenda T. Davis
MaryAnn Ferguson Not all adoptees feel as you do though.
Feb 17, 2019 ·
MaryAnn Ferguson
Brenda T. Davis I am very aware my attitude is odd but tis only how I feel. Everyone else Should look if that's what gives them peace of mind.
Feb 18, 2019 ·
Phyllis Cerel
The little boy in the center and the girl on the right might be related. They have the same nose.
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Gale R. Gough
It appears to me, personal opinion only, that the four children on the left clustered somewhat "together" are related: two boys and two girls. The adopted child is the girl who is on the far right and has a darker complexion, has darker hair and is heavier.
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Esther Evans
She already said her mother (adopted) is on the left sitting on the ground....And none of them are related...
Feb 17, 2019 ·
Deedra Winey
My cousin Dicky died in the last few years.He was a bit younger than my dad,who will be 88 this year.Dicky was born to one Aunt who had 12 kids They gave him to another Aunt. he was the only one they gave away. I never understood that. He seemed like it was fine though.
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Denise Haddock Haines
The relative making the inquiry should get a DNA test. Could help her locate blood relatives
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Amy Singleton
Growing up in a large family the darker children are probably the first or the last and each of the others is in between.
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Rochelle Dubois
Back in the1940s and earlier... Having a child without a husband was detrimental to the entire family. First to the child who would be considered a bastard and treated badly all his life to the unwed mother who would be considered a whore and a loose woman...limiting her future for a husband or job...many unwed mother's committed suicide because they couldn't bear the shame. My grand mother found herself pregnant at 15. Her mother or my great grandmother posed as pregnant for 9months to save her daughter's reputation. The child, my father, grew up thinking he had a very loving and wonderful big sister....when she passed in her fortys he was told the truth. Whole families were affected by the stigma.....thank goodness things have changed since then. My dad is now 85.
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Norah Tierney
Thank you for sharing your story with us..
Mar 25, 2019 ·
Rochelle Dubois
They are probably related somway.
Feb 17, 2019 · Reply
Lezlie Gentry
Each face is way old for their age.
Feb 18, 2019 · Reply
David Phelps
All look Hungry except one of them sorry just my Humor.
Feb 19, 2019 · Reply
Lori Russell
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So sad. My mom was adopted too. She isn't alive. But she did want to know who her biological family was. It's very hard to track things down like this. I told her I would finish her story some day. Hopefully I will sometime. Never give up the search
Nov 12, 2020 · Reply
Lori Russell
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I did my Dna test on Ancestry. Not my mother's though.
Nov 12, 2020 · Reply
Lori Russell
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The little boy and girl in the back ( could be siblings)? The one with dark hair
Nov 12, 2020 · Reply
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