In 2005, I visited with a great aunt who told me that there may be a connection between my family and a sister of one of the owners of the Walker Oates Funeral Home in Memphis, TN. According to her, my great-grandfather (Mack Mathews) impregnated the sister (who my aunt said was about 14 at the time). This occurred sometime between 1906 and 1910. My great grandfather lived off Alma St in Memphis in the Klondike area though my he worked all over the city. He was a carpenter. The child was a boy and my aunt said that he came to visit her once or twice after she moved to Chicago in 1921. She could not remember his name nor the name of the sister (My aunt died at 103 but she had a very good memory).
Has anyone heard of this? I realize such stories were kind of kept secret but I just needed to ask. If anyone remembers the Walker Oates funeral home or if any of the owners had a sister, please contact me. I'm trying to locate the son (if he is still alive, or any children he may have had.
At the time, great grandfather had four other children, one who had recently died (In 1906). I'm giving these names in case something sparks a memory in someone (older) you may know had contact with them. Mack Mathews (1875-1943), Etta Mae Mathews (1902-2005), Speed Mathews (1900-1981), Leroy Mathews (1898-1960), Fannie Belle Mathews (1903-1906), Sallie Keys Mathews, his wife (1880-1911). Sallie Mathews had another child, Joseph Mathews (1911-1937) but died Thanksgiving Day 1911.