Richard, Thank You! You are an angel. I have had a very hard time with my father's side of my family. He told me when I was very young that his real name was DeLauzen (not sure if this is the spelling) and his father was a train engineer who was killed in a train wreck which left he and his four older siblings with their mother. Their mother had a nervous breakdown and was put in an institution where she died. This is when they were all put up for adoption. He was taken in by supposedly his blood aunt. My grandmother was Catherine Murphy. I know she was born May 13, 1883 in Lorain, OH. Father's name; John Murphy. Mother's name; Anna Cooley. She married Louis S. Altmeyer on 16 Feb. 1904 at St. Mary's Church in Lorain. I wrote a few years ago to the church requesting information on the Murphy family to see if they were members but never recieved an answer. They were catholic. My father took their name of James Lewis Altmeyer but was never adopted as far as I can find. He had a sister Catherine who I have the court papers for when they adopted her.
I was in hopes that because this train wreck happened when he was 5 that it might have been the one that killed his father. Another thing that I think is that Lewis Altmeyer may have worked with my father's, father because he worked for the B&O railroad for over 20 years. They all lived in Avon ( I think) on Hilliard Road. they have all been dead for many years. I would love to find anything on this family that will enable me to find my fathers family line. I have wanted this for most of my life but although I have been able trace all of mine and my husbands families I have never been able to find my fathers. Mary
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