I am looking for my great great grandfather Richard Lanagan. I already have quite a bit of information about him (see family tree) but my grandfather thinks he may have been adopted. I found a 1870 census in Virginia that confirms this. He is living with the Lyles family in Alexandria VA and is 12 years old. Later he moves to Detroit and married Catherine Becker has children and becomes a judge/attorney.
I want to find out who his parents were and why he was adopted...the 1870 census indicates that he was living with Enoch and Johanna Lyles and their children. I believe Johanna (nee Lanagan)could have been his paternal aunt. Any info about the Lyles would also be useful.
Thanks so much