I believe that I could be a decendant of James Arbuckle. Here is my story and I was hoping someone could help confirm the relation or shed some light on this mystery.
My Grandmother was Mary Arbuckle Grimes DiGangi. She was born Lula Mae Arbuckle on April 12, 1902 in Johnson County, Indiana; we believe this but do not have solid birth documentation.
Her father would have been Jesse H. Arbuckle, Son of Edward Arbuckle and Missouri Vantreese, Grandson of James Arbuckle and Henrietta Louise Spaugh.
Her mother was Louisa Knapp. When Louisa died in 1905 Jesse gave his two girls, Lula Mae and Pearl, up for adoption to the Frances Comfort Orphanage in Bartholomew County, Indiana. The orphanage is no longer in exisitence and we are unable to locate paperwork from them. They also had two sons Earl and Omar. We are unsure of what happened to the boys and are waiting to hear from Bartholomew County, Indiana on records. We know Jesse remarried and commited biogmy and was put in prison.
My Grandmother "Lula Mae Arbuckle" was first adopted by William and Anna Davis also of Bartholomew County, Indiana, but we do not have those adoption papers which could be the true link to the Arbuckle family. The Davis' relocated to Champaign, Illinois and Lula Mae was taken from the Davis' in 1908 (I have those papers just not the adoption papers) due to extreme abuse. She was again adopted to Paul and Myrtle Marshky in 1909 in Champaign, Illinois where she was raised.
We do know the connection to Champaign, Illinois because the Davis' brought her there and the Marshky's lived there, and we do know that there seems to be a huge connection to Indiana with those folks. My Grandmother always told me she was born in Indiana and was put into an Orphanage because her mother died. This is what she must have been told as a young child. There seems to be so many circumstantial elements that make us believe Jesse Arbuckle was her father, we are just not 100% sure.
Would anyone out there have information that might help us identify that our Grandmother Mary Arbuckle Grimes DiGangi is really the Lula Mae Arbuckle of Jesse and Louisa Knapp Arbuckle? I would appreciate anything you may know or advise you may have for our continued search with this line of Arbuckle family.