This search is extremely hard for me, as I have no clue where to begin and I have to add in the fact that the descendants of this man may or may not have any idea that I exist. However, natural curiousity is getting the best of me and I at least have to try.
About 1941, my grandmother, Charlotte Oslage, dated a man named Curtis Edgar Walling in the Evansville, Indiana area. My mother, Laura Oslage, was the result of that relationship. This is what I've heard about what happened between the two of them.
As a young adult, I witnessed an argument between my grandmother and mom in which my mom was pressing Grandma for information on her biological father. (She was adopted by Thomas Leslie Brooks in 1945. Mom was born January 5, 1942.) I remember grandma telling mom that she (mom) was the worst thing that had ever happened to her and it was because of her she lost the best thing that had ever happened to her. Several years before is when mom had learned of her biological father's name. All Grandma would ever tell mom is that Curtis was in the military and that when he found out she was pregnant, he took off, never to return.
A cousin I recently connected with was nice enough to do a basic search for my mom and we were told that not only did he never leave Evansville - as we were lead to believe - but he went on and lived his own life, just miles from my grandmother. He married, he had kids, he died. From what the cousin told us, he was a family-oriented man. Unfortunately, other than that basic info, all the cousin had was best guesses as to what happened.
I did a search on familysearch.org and found a Curtis Walling that died June 26, 1993 in Evansville, IN. He was born March 3, 1907. I have absolutely no idea if this gentleman is my biological grandfather; I am just using the information that my cousin gave me. I haven't gotten anywhere on census searches or anything of the like. I am hoping that there's someone out there who is either a Walling descendant or knows someone who is and will put them into contact with me.
I want it understood that it is not my intention to horn in on a family that doesn't want me. I am merely curious about my biological grandfather's characteristics, his life, and his accomplishments. While I would love to connect with his living descendants and possibly become friends, I fully acknowledge the fact that it may never happen. My mother is nearly 64 years old and not in the best health. One of her greatest wishes is to find out what her father was like and if she has any half-siblings. We are also searching for this family for medical reasons.
I would be willing to participate in a DNA test, but it is my understanding that only male descendants can do that. Unfortunately, that isn't possible. My grandmother, Charlotte, had 2 daughters. My aunt didn't have any children. My mother had two daughters; I don't have any as of yet and my sister has a 6 month old daughter. I really cannot offer proof of my lineage to Curtis Edgar Walling. All I have to offer is my family story.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Jessica Lord Grand-daughter of Charlotte Oslage