Posted By:Shirley
Subject:1844-45 Jefferson and Orange Cos.
Post Date:February 17, 2005 at 19:45:20
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Forum:Orange County, TX Genealogy Forum
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In the 40's many would live in Jefferson County and travel to Orange County to work in the shipyards. A man named Shorty Johnson was doing this in the Spring of 1944 when he became involved with a young woman about 20 years old. She became pregnant. But, Johnson was married and had a pregnant wife in Jefferson County (thought to have been Beaummont). The young woman's family picked up and moved far out of that county.

All her life, the child (a girl) of the young woman has been kept in the dark about this...until she was in her late 50's. But, very little information is available to her, even now. The small pieces to her puzzle, that she received from her mom and grand parents, are as follows:

1. He may have known about her. (But, the fact that the family picked up and moved, and Johnson has not looked for her...makes you wonder if he knew.)

2. "Shorty" was a nickname.

3. He had blond hair and blue eyes.

4. There was an Eileen/Aileen connected to him in some way... ?his wife....?his mom.

5. There was a name on the child's birth certificate of a Johnson....a full name. But, it is not making any connections.

Please, run this story by anyone you may know that was living in Jefferson Co. and working in Orange Co. back then. (I understand folks were shuttled from Jefferson Co. to Orange Co. by buses, to work. I also understand that the folks that worked in the shipyards would work long days, probably having to stay over many times, instead of going home for the night.) The baby (my cousin) is in her 60's now. And, would love to be able to tell her children about her father....and meet her siblings, if any.

Thank you,