My mother left my father before I was born and we never talked about him.
After mom died I got buzy looking for him. This is what I have found out abt him in my research.
He(William Lloyd Benham) grew up in Florida as an orphan. He obtained a social security number at the age of 16 (around 1940) and it lists his place of residence as Jacksonville, Florida. He witnessed the murder of his mother(Emma Brazzell) around 1929 at age 3-4. The man listed on his birth certificate (Charles Fred Benham) is an inmate in the Ohio Penitentiary in the 1930 and 1940 census. Young William living at the Ohio House of Refuge next to the prison in the 1930 census.
I have attempted to locate prison records revealing what Charles was in prison for. The prison is no longer there and I have been unable to locate records.
There is no death record for Emmie Brazzell (Native American) and no marriage record for Charles and Emma. Maybe they never married.
The only thing I think I can do now is possibly find a newspaper article about her death. Or records of his life as an orphan. The last record I have of her is her as a mother to a baby girl who died at 2 days old in July 1928 in Miami-Dade Florida. Any advice in locating information would be firstname.lastname@example.org