I've been hitting a brick wall on this particular individual for years and years. Every once in a while I post on Genforum in the hopes that perhaps now, someone will have an answer for me.
In the years prior to 1927 ... before adoption was a legal entity in England, my grandmother took in the youngest child of her father's second marriage/family. This child's legal name was Lomond Betty Anderson and she was born in the April/June quarter of 1924.
When my grandmother took her in, she became known as Lomond Betty Lea, although everyone called her "Betty". Her immigration record into Canada reads "Lomond B. Lea".
For some reason, my grandmother never told Betty that she was "adopted" and was, in fact, my grandmother's half-sister.
When, during the war [sometime between 1942 and 1946] Betty wanted to get married and needed her birth certificate to do so. According to my mother, my grandmother handed over the document without a word of explanation. It was in this single action that Betty discovered that her surname wasn't LEA but was ANDERSON ... and that, basically, her entire life was a lie.
Apparently Betty DID get married, although my mother can't recall what her husband's name was. At any rate, I gather she got married when the fellow was home on leave ... and after he left, Betty disappeared. No one in the family has seen her since.
In 2001 a woman in Vancouver, BC died. Her name was Betty Lamond Anderson aged 66. My Betty would have been 77 ... and ordinarily the age discrepancy wouldn't bother me. However, the "Lamond" rather than "Lomand" does bother me ... and I've so far been unable to establish whether or not this woman is or is not my Lomond Betty Anderson.
The obit that ran in the Vancouver paper indicated that she had a son who resided in Scotland. So, if ANDERSON was a married name, then it removes the likelihood that this is our Betty.
I have scoured the archives of the Toronto Star looking for a marriage announcement but had so joy there. I scoured looking for any reference in the Star archives about a missing relative but got nowhere with that line of inquiry.
When my great-grandmother died in 1948, Betty was listed in her obit as being one of her "grandchildren". In my great-grandfather's obit in 1950, she was also listed among the "grandchildren." She was not mentioned at all in my grandmother's obit in 1953. I don't know what that means, but thought it was worth mentioning.