|Posted on November 18, 2010 at 8:41 PM|
Doesn't every family tree have at least one skeleton hiding in the closet? My skeleton, who was not so much of a secret, was Sarah Blanche Fisher (1889-1975). She had two children out of wedlock to two different men before she finally married Leslie Rinker and had a large family with him. While I know all of these details, I still feel as if I know very little about her or her family. While my Fisher line tends to be a very tight knit bunch, I suppose Sarah was not looked upon favorably for her indiscretions.
Her two children out of wedlock were Gertrude Alice Stapleton (1906-1941) and Paul Wilmer Heck (1909-1965). Both of these children were raised by their Fisher grandparents. Gertie was the daughter of Charles Stapleton. Paul was supposedly the son of Lewis Heck.
I have traced every Stapleton line in Huntingdon County for years, and I cannot come up with a Charles Stapleton that fits to be the father of Gertie. I even have a picture of the man!
Charles Stapleton is the last man on the right with the tie. He appears with Jackson Fisher, Sarah's father, and her siblings and nephews. Relations must have been good with the family at the time for him to appear in a family hunting photo.
I know nothing about Lewis Heck. There is a Lewis Heck in the 1900 census in Three Springs, Huntingdon County, who is about Sarah Blanche's age. However, I can't locate him again until 1920 (assuming it is the same Lewis) in Broad Top, Bedford County. However, in 1920, Lewis is married with a child older than Paul Wilmer Heck. So, if this is the right Lewis, he had an affair with Sarah Blanche Fisher while he was married.
Finally, Sarah Blanche married Leslie Frank Rinker (1886-1944). They had a large number of children, who I have never been able to straighten out because they all apparently had nicknames. Interestingly, Sarah was working for Leslie's family as a servant in 1910.
Can anyone help me hunt down these two elusive men - Charles Stapleton and Lewis Heck? Can anyone help me get the Rinker children in order?
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