Re: Helen Applegarth, Irvington, Baltimore
Helen was my Grandmother.She had a daughter named Helen who passed away at the young age of I believe 17.I have visited their graves in Louden Park. Your aunt's daughter Helen, your cousin?, was my birthmother.I have spoken to a lady in Catonsville that I believe was my birthmother's sister-in-law, who never knew I was born. Her husband had joined the military and was most likely away when I was born. There was a Mrs. Falise (sp?) who took care of my Grandmother before she passed away, she lived in Ellicott City. I phoned her once but she seemed very upset that I was insinuating that I was Helen's daughter.She said they did have a young girl that passed away in the family but she never had a child. I didn't want to upset her further so I dropped the search for a few years. After receiving my birthmom's death certificate I once again began to seek answers. Then I phoned a Mrs. Applegath in Catonsville and she said they never knew about me, that her husband passed away but she was sure he did not know of me. Not long after I spoke to her, an an old neighbor from Irvington had stopped by to see her. Mrs. Applegarthtold the friend about my call and they said "You mean you never knew Helen had a child?" They confirmed my birth to her. When I spoke to Mrs. Applegarth last she told me that my Grandmother had just passed away, and she would have loved to have met me, and that her husband "would have never let me be adopted" should he have known Helen was pregnant. Evidentally I was a huge secret, and I certainly understand that due to "the times".I was given up at birth and adopted through an orphanage in Baltimore City when I was 18 months old.I had wonderful, loving parents, who have both passed now and I miss them verymuch. They were absolutely fine parents. My mom grew up in Walbrook, and in the summers on Dividing Creek Road in Severna Park, and my Dad was from Elkton. He was in the 29th Division 115th Infantry, Co. E, and served 3 years in Germany, France and England. He hit Omaha beache on the first wave. Through all these years he kept his friends he served with closely, and I still speak to one old friend on the phone regularly.
If you could possibly e-mail me any information on my birthmom Helen I sure would appreciate it.If you have any pics of my birthmom, birthgrandmom or birthgrandfather I would be so grateful.Mrs. Applegarth from Catonsville was kind enough to mail me a pic of my bithmom. She was sitting on the steps with a few other young girls. I looked similar to one girl in the pic, but not the girl I believe she said was Helen.I am blonde with green eyes. If memory serves me correctly the Mrs. Applegarth in Catonsvilles' husband's name was Robert, and I actually used to work with a man from Catonsville at Arundel Institute of Technology named Bob Edwards that said he knew Mr. Robert Applegarth, as he used to coach him in ball.He said he was a wonderful man.I understand my birthgrandmom was widowed early, and that my birthgrandfather was I believe a mechanic but I don't know where he worked. My birthgrandmom had to work at a canning place in Baltimore, I think.I would absolutely love to know more about my birthgrandmom, birthgrandfather and birthmom and the entire family. Could you please write?Thank you so very much for responding.I look forward to hearing from you.My personal e-mail address is email@example.com.I was raised and still live in Glen Burnie.Thank you again
Kind regards and respectfully responding,
Sharon Lee Applegarth Simmons-Keller