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Daybill, Leonard J.

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Daybill, Leonard J.

Lorraine Blosser (View posts)
Posted: 9 Jun 2001 8:36AM GMT
I would like to find info on the Daybill family. Leonard J. Daybill my grandfather was not his original name - unfortunately I dont have info on what was. He was adopted at about 10 yrs old by a family I think in Ct(usa) he lived majority of his adult life in Philadelphia PA HOWEVER my mother remembered a trip with him when she was maybe 5 or so where they went to visit relatives and vacation on other side of Niagra falls in Canada. My mother remembered visiting on an indian reservation and that everyone seemed to know her father there. So I dont know full story on that at all. All have passed away now. the family who adopted him he actually despised to his dying day for their horrible/cruel/abusive treatment of him. he lived essentially as a sort of family "pet"/slave/ chore boy having only left overs to eat and having to sleep on the freezing cold back porch. He never forgot that experience. He always refused to talk about his childhood or anything telling us he was a connecticut yankee from king arthurs court. So perhaps he was. He outlived two wives and most relatives. to best of my knowledge the Daybill name is Gone now. IF indeed that ever was the "real" name. He had many funny sayings about wooden nickels and such and had a broad base of info. During the depression it is reported he made brews at home in basement and ran numbers perhaps. He worked in Philadelphia as a fireman and retired from that. He was a Tall powerful handsome man, strong cheek bones and features. blue eyes,(I understand he used to have dark hair but all i knew was white) and to the day he died had ALL his own teeth and hair! His first wife was Catherine Donahue/donaghue who went by name of KITTY she died when my mother was very young about age 5 or so I never knew her and know Nothing about her either except she was irish. His Second wife I am not positive of her last name Her first Name was Edna and possibly it was violet/or valeet phonetically she was reportedly pennslyvania dutch and I recall making trips with her to see her family in PA dutch country and everyone(family/friends) called her dutchie. so that may NOT have been her maiden name at all but another relatives name. some great grand mother i vaguely remember meeting at some italian relatives home. Anyway if anyone has info on this mysterious/curious Daybill family I would really appreciate it! I dont recall exact year he died but it has been quite a while ago...late 70's or early 80's perhaps. My mother was born in 20's so he had to have been married much before that as she was not the oldest either. My mothers name was before marriage Marie Catherine Daybill and after marriage surname Freeman. she has also ben deceased a while now as well. Is there any service that researches your family tree/pedigree/lineage whatever it is called for a reasonable/modest fee??? I am on fixed income so lots is out of question. this seems so difficult to track. and thisis only ONE mysterious section of my lineage!! theres more I am afraid. This one puzzles me thought THE MOST for the longest!! What might his original name have been? where might he originally have come from? who were the daybills and why does it seem there are no more of them??? Was that their real name?? or why did they choose that? where did they come from anyway? Thanks for any/all help possible!! LB
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Lorraine Blosser 9 Jun 2001 2:36PM GMT 
DianaDahillJa... 4 Aug 2001 12:37PM GMT 
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