Thanks Laura.I have the obit of Mattie DeBrabant (my maternal grandmother by adoption).She had been married to a Charly Smith and had a daughter Lillie Mae.I did find a Mattie and Charly married in TN 1902 and had a daughter 1906. Obit says Mattie had siblings - Ruby, Bessie, Albert and Columbus.
(I found that two years ago and my records are weird). Mattie married Phillip DeBrabant..the 1930 census shows them in SO Carolina with adopted son about 6 yrs (my father). Maybe my father was born in VA ..and biological family members lived elsewhere.
Lillie Mae Smith married to William Perry Poole..they lived in Travelers Rest for a long time and died there.
The story about Fred Mize leaving my infant father on Mattie and Phillips doorstep came down from my mother...Fred Mize supposedly Mattie brother. I found a 1930 census record with a Charles F Mize&Mary living with a Bowden, Lillian, Willie M, Fred and Mattie in Union South Carolina.(there seems to be a lot of common names.
This is kind of a psychological search for me...my Mother and Father are both dead.I recently found out my Poole cousins were still in South Carolina.