He was my Grandfather. He did tell us that he ran away from home but never would reveal why. It was after he passed away that we were able to locate his family. I believe that he is still listed on the census records until about the age of 15 or 16 so wonder if he was found during this time and then left again? He worked for the circus for a time and he came to Wisconsin Rapids Wi where he met my Grandmother Doris Gibbs. The story is that her family did not approve of him and they eloped to MN to get married. I do have a marraige record for this.
Thanks for your reply this is indeed very interesting.