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Offbeat Raised an only child, Southgate woman, 92, learns she has 19 half siblings

11:20  12 november  2019
11:20  12 november  2019 Source:   freep.com

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Jeffrey recently learned she has 19 half - siblings , thanks to the help of a self-proclaimed family historian and ancestry.com. Jeffrey spent her entire life in metro Detroit, married to her husband of 74 years and raising a family, never knowing until recently that she had a bunch of half -brothers and

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a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: Mariann Evelyn Jeffery, 92, finds out she has 18 half siblings through ancestry.com.© Taylor Morris, Detroit Free Press Mariann Evelyn Jeffery, 92, finds out she has 18 half siblings through ancestry.com.

Adopted as a baby, 92-year-old Mariann Evelyn Jeffery of Southgate grew up as an only child.

Turns out, her family is a lot bigger than she knew. Jeffery recently learned she has 19 half-siblings, thanks to the help of a self-proclaimed family historian and ancestry.com.

Jeffery spent her entire life in metro Detroit, married to her husband of 74 years and raising a family, never knowing until recently that she had a bunch of half-brothers and sisters.

Jeffery was born in Detroit on Aug. 16, 1927, to Margaret Karns and Thomas Frank Dumas. Her mother was 15 and her father was 18.

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Sibling relationships can teach children the differences between the views of life, not just only from parents but it is also from their brothers and sisters close to their own Children with siblings are able to make and maintain friendships. However, the only child in a family has all the things that are given.

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After Jeffery was adopted out as an infant, her biological father and mother went their separate ways, eventually married other people (both of them twice) and had children — lots of children. Jeffery's biological mother eventually became Margaret Corwin, and had 11 other children, nine of them Corwins. Her natural father married twice and had eight other children.

So emotions were high at the Detroit Marriott in Livonia on Oct. 20 when the Dumases and Corwins came together to help Mariann Jeffery celebrate her newfound extended families. Old family photos and an organized family tree hung on the walls of the Michigan Conference Room.

Old family photos were displayed in the Michigan Conference Room at the Detroit Marriott in Livonia on October 20 of the Dumas and Corwin family during their family reunion.© Taylor Morris, Detroit Free Press Old family photos were displayed in the Michigan Conference Room at the Detroit Marriott in Livonia on October 20 of the Dumas and Corwin family during their family reunion.

The reunion came together thanks to 48-year-old Robert Dumas of Commerce Township, who about a half a year ago sat at a desk with his computer and started to dissect his family roots on ancestry.com. Dumas always had an interest in tracking his relatives. In the past, he's even helped other families find their long-lost members.

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"I've always been the family historian," he said.

After helping a handful of families — even helping a woman find her biological mom — he decided to put his skills to the test and figure out his own history.

Through extensive research and lots of DNA testing, Dumas learned that Mariann Jeffery is his aunt. He began to connect the dots, leading him to discover that not only did she have eight half-brothers and sisters among the Dumases, she had another 11 from her biological mother. All of them lived in metro Detroit.

"He is so crazy, in a good way, about ancestry.com," said Dumas' 28-year-old daughter, Alyssa Young. "He has found so many of our family members through that and has actually helped several other families find their relatives, as well."

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Walking into the Marriott Michigan Conference Room last month, members of each family wore different colored name tags to differentiate which side they were from. The Dumas' family wore blue; the Corwins red.

a close up of text on a white background: Jeffrey's half siblings organized by last name.© Taylor Morris, Detroit Free Press Jeffrey's half siblings organized by last name.

Jeffery's biological father, Robert Dumas' grandfather, was in the Merchant Marines from 1926-1930. He went on to marry twice and have 8 children, 4 of them still living, including Robert Dumas's father and his two aunts and uncle.

On the other side, Jeffery's biological mother had 2 children with her first husband and nine with her second husband, who was a Dumas. Seven of the children, all half-siblings to Jeffery, are still living.

Jeffery's adoptive parents were Thomas and Mildred Hanlon.

"Her adopted parents turned out to be a loving family, (with) a little bit of Detroit auto history," Robert Dumas said.

Her adopted father was one of three men to drive around the world in a Huppmobile from 1910-1912. Their story is told in a book titled, "Three Men in a Hupp: Around the World by Automobile, 1910-1912" by James A. Ward.

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In early childhood , children who have brothers and sisters, have constant companions and playmates, they can play games together, have conversations Therefore, a child that has siblings is not as bossy as the only child . Children that have brothers or sisters know that an only child it

An only child has the luxury of enjoying all the goodies by himself. Although he may invite friends over to his house or go to his friend’s house for a game or chat, he has to contend with the fact that his firends may not be available to him at all times of the day.

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Jeffery says she was shocked to find out she has 19 brothers and sisters. She says the meeting reminded her of the parties she used to put on with her husband, Don Jeffery, when he worked for the National Bank of Detroit.

"This is just fun ... it's just absolutely amazing, and they (Jeffery's relatives) are all good looking. Look at them," Jeffery said, at the October reunion.

Her husband is the author of "Don't Throw the Empty Bottles in the Trash: A History of Michigan Banking."

Mariann's half-brother, 75-year-old Robert Corwin, says he was shocked to learn that he has another sister.

a group of people posing for the camera: Jeffrey (middle) poses for a picture with her brothers and sister at the Detroit Marriott in Livonia on October 20.© Taylor Morris, Detroit Free Press Jeffrey (middle) poses for a picture with her brothers and sister at the Detroit Marriott in Livonia on October 20.

"I haven't been this emotional and surprised since my daughter was born. This is truly amazing to find out after eons that you have a living sibling," he said, with tears in his eyes.

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