Hello there. I'm so sorry to be so late getting back to you! The holidays and work and family got in the way!
Thank you for taking an interest in my story. It's actually quite complicated, and I hate to bore you with all the details. But to answer your question: No, my birth father Bob Workman actually drowned in Tampa in 1962. My birth mother Betty died of lung cancer in 1992 -- sadly, 13 years before I found my 3 older birth siblings in 2005. We have become very close.
In a nutshell (sort of!): Betty and Bob were married for 20 years, living in Huntington, WV (and Logan from about 1948-51). They had 3 kids (my older siblings), then got divorced in 1959. Well, as a DNA test my birth siblings and I had in 2005 proved, about a year after the divorce, Betty and Bob managed to conceive me. We have no idea what the circumstances were. Betty then put me up for adoption at birth in Feb. 1961 in Huntington, and my adoptive family moved to Houston when I was a baby. Bob, who was an alcoholic and, sadly, molested my siblings, then faded out of the picture and moved to Tampa later in 1960. He was homeless and jobless when he picked a fight with another drunken homeless man in July 1962, was pushed into the Hillsborough River and drowned. Very, very sad.
Anyway...my siblings have told me a lot about their childhood and our family, and my oldest brother and I are working on a book. But I'm still heavily into the research phase, trying to find people who knew my birth parents. It hasn't been easy, but I have found quite a few who've been able to share some memories.
So....although I am interested in my family's ancestry, etc., the main thing I'm trying to do for the book is find people who can share memories of my birth family. Our parents were only children, so there are no first cousins. Just in the past month, I have found several second cousins, who are all well into their 80s. Some of them knew my birth father.
I'm not sure what help you can provide, unless you have WV connections. I'm cold-calling lots of old-timers in Huntington trying to get lucky and find folks who knew Betty and Bob.
If you'd like, please email me at email@example.com
and we can see if you might have any suggestions for me. Our ancestry.com account is actually my wife Kay's, so it might be easier to correspond by email.
Thank you so much!!