Information about Adoption in 1890s?
Question by A to the R: Information about Adoption in 1890s?
I have asked this question before ( http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110118155730AAGLe2f ), but did not have much luck. I am seeking information about James T. Shadix (b. 1892) and Mary Elizabeth Shadix (b. 1895). They were siblings who were adopted by John A. Shadix and Ellen America Elder. I am looking for the birth parents of James and Mary. James and Mary were born in Georgia, and adopted parents from Alabama. A possible surname before adoption could have been Higgins (Heard the last name from family members). Since Mary was born in 1895, and showed up under James and Ellen in 1900 census, then the adoption must have taken place between 1895-1900. In the census records they are listed as adopted children, but no trace of birth parents. Any information is helpful.
James T Shadix (Higgins) b. 1892 (Bremen, Georgia)
Mary Elizabeth Shadix (Higgins) b. 1895
Thank You for all the great suggestions. I have asked this question about 3 years ago, and always keep hitting brick walls after research. The family has said that the birth parents died of pneumonia, but remains rumor rather than fact. Other family members have went to courthouses were documents were kept, but because of the fire, there are really no 1890 census records. Also being adopted by family members is likely, but I have to keep searching. It is like a family mystery that has been going on for years because my great-grandmother didn’t talk about her birth parents. Thank You again and I will keep searching.
Answer by kohalgirl
First you need to find out what laws about adoption in the birth state and or the adoption state.Plus the 1890 census is more than half destroyed which makes for difficulty.Also do not take family rumor as fact but do keep it in mind.You may look in death records because for 2 children to be adopted out from same family it sounds as if both parents died or one did and the other was unable to care for them alone and they may have not had other family members to help them.James very well may be named for his father or grandfather too.Also Mary may also be someone’s namesake.I did see one Mary E Higgins with a bunch of children it may be that James and Marys parents had so many and then met with tragedy.I see many times where the youngest get adopted out so they get cared for.I too have an adoption difficulty in my family and may never know the answers I wish for so good luck.Have you tried USGenweb.org?? I see they have many news paper articles for Alabama where the children that are adopted too,this a great source to see real life people in print and many had gossip of the week.
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