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Mary Ann Lenning Born 1929 or 1930
Posted by: Melissa Moore (ID *****5092) Date: December 21, 2005 at 17:40:53
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Hello, my mother posted a message in this forum in Aug, of 2000. She was adopted by Ralph & Jerry Lee of Gibston, Florida in 1949. Her adopted name was Mary Patrica Lee, her birth name (given) was Dolly Ann Butts.

Her real father was Robert L.Butts and her real mother was Mary Lenning, it is possible her middle name was Ann, like my mothers birth name and as like my own.

She searched for many years for her real parents and found her fathers grave in Pa, early in 2000. Although, she never found her mother MARY ANN LENNING.

My mother passed away in Oct,of 2000 the same year that she wrote in this forum, I guess it was her last attempt to try to locate her biological mother, however, at that time not a lot of information was found on the Lenning family as like now.

Mary Ann Lenning was born in Jamestown NY, so the story is told around 1929 or 1930, but this may not be true at all, she is a estimated 75 to 76 years of age if she is still living, although she could be deceased as like my mothers father before she located him.

My mother was born in Erie PA, and the news paper reads for that time as Robert & Mary Butts, but they were not married. At that point in time, we as a soceity thought that having a baby out of wedlock was unthinkable, as today's soceity it is very common. That is why the post in the news paper reads as such and the hospital has them listed as such. Although, this is were Robert L. Butts was from. The birth certificate however does not list it as such.

The funny thing about this is, I think that it was an illegal adopation and very common in that era, because they're were two live birth certificates. One, birth name Dolly Ann Butts, the other Mary Patrica Lee.

If any one has any information regarding Mary Ann Lenning (Surname), I am sure she has a different last name through marriage. Please contact me..... I would love to know about my grandmother and it would help to bring my mothers life to a close.

Thank you for your time.


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