Bettye: Yes, they have a newspaper, been around since 1869, its the "Rockport Pilot". If you go to the Aransas County GenWeb site you'll find contact info for the Coastal Bend Genealogical Society as well as Aransas County Public Library. Often, the local newspaper doesn't archive old editions but turns them over to the local library or genealogical/historical society. One of these sources should be able to point you in the right direction. The link is:
I sure think that this would have made the papers, especially in a small town like Rockport. Why these two fellows aren't listed in the cemetery survey I can't say but the cemetery office might be able to help. The funeral home, if still in existence, might also be of help. I believe that it is listed on the dc's.
Another approach re: Dean M., might be to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, since this fellow served in the military. I did check their database "National Grave Locator" but didn't find him listed. Only means he is not listed by DVA as being interred in a National Cemetery.
Your mention of adoption adds a new wrinkle to this mystery. Unfortunately, that's an area with which I have no experience. Have you posted to the "Adoption Forum"? Some of the regulars there are quite experienced with adoptions. Of course, you'll need to furnish as much info as known.
Seems like these folks you're trying to help really need to get together, do some serious recollecting, contact all other known relatives and dig up every fact possible. I just have the few bits and pieces from your posts so I'm pretty much in the dark on this bunch. Rick
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