My Grandfather was born in 1938 and was given up for adoption along with a younger brother (by about a year.) He was placed through the St. Ann's orphanage in St. Louis Missouri and shortly after became fostered by Harry and Theresa Hunter by April of 1940.
We just recently found out he was adopted under the name of Lloyd Vandeford. My family is looking for his paternal family. From old family stories my grandmother contacted my grandfathers mother by the name of Vera, when my mother was a child, but my grandfather Lloyd wanted no part of it at the time. sadly now this last name is the only source we have to find out our history.
According to a census in the same time he was a ward of the Juvenal court and being fostered by the Hunters in the St. Louis area of Kirkwood, there was a Vandeford Couple living in the St. Louis area by the names of Lloyd Vandeford and Vera Vandeford, and were married according to the 1940 census, Vera was 16 at the time and Lloyd was 22, they had a small son named Lonny. Meaning they would have been young parents at the time of my grandfathers birth.
My family found it interesting that mt grandfather and this Lloyd Vandeford had the same name, and we have no way to tell if my grandfather was originally a Jr.
I am looking for anyone who knows about Vera Vandeford or Lloyd Vandeford, children, other spouses, or their relatives. It is hard to say if this is the right track but I would appreciate if anyone has any type of info within Lloyd and Vera Vanderford, from what I have read they both have been remarried a few time, with Vera, Kush, Vandeford, & Alley.
Please contact me with any info, Thank you!