I'm looking for anything about a John W Beal, born in Virginia around 1872. He married Sophia Motley and had two children, Wellington in 1909 and James D in 1912. The two children have been found in the Harlem Dowling home in 1920 but returned to their mothers custody in 1922.
There seems to be no trace of John in any public records. He may have had a sister who lived in Harlem named Sadie or Sarah.