I am very sorry that I never got an alert about your reply to my posting. Re your question: Yes, we have wondered if the lady involved was in fact a woman of color, however, Asheville in that period had a very, very small African-American population. Also, he seems to have demonstrated some feelings of responsibility towards these children, according to family lore, so this was an established on-going relationship. That is ALL we know. If you find out anything, please let us know!