I can't thank you enough -- for solving a mystery that is not only 99 years old, but for the time, effort and the amount of research you did.
The Julia Burns you found was, indeed, my G-Aunt. Julia initially named her son after her sister Kate's boy - Elmer b. 1911.
The 99 yr old story:
There had been a "falling out" among the sisters - my G-mother Maggie and Aunt Kate with Anne and (the youngest) Julia. The latter two allegedly left Chicago "for the west coast" as a result. I never doubted Julia did.
One of Kate's sons, in talking about the family history and Julia in particularly, hesitated and mumbled "maybe Washington state" in reference to her. The moment he said that, three words crossed my mind: "She was pregnant!"
As for the marriage... It was either a fabrication, or Thurston married Julia as the "honorable" thing to give their son's birth legitimacy. In any case, I don't doubt Thurston was somehow connected, if not actually Patrick J's father.
Having worked for 15 years in post-adoption with adoptees and unwed mothers (99% of whom were coerced into relinquishing their parental rights), my heart ached for Julia. No doubt she felt ostracized and very much alone. That she had the courage in 1913 to rise above the prevailing stigma of the time, and raise Patrick alone, speaks volumes to the woman she was.
Knowing is such a huge relief. Hopefully Patrick had children. The search continues -- thanks to you, Annie.
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