Re: Robert Hugh Follette, born approx. 1917, Pennsylvania
Thanks,Tim.Back some years ago I found that particular Robert Hugh in the Reading area; it was actually Birdsboro, but I could never find an address for him, any other wives, etc. so I dead-ended there.
I was able to figure out his approx. year of birth based on my own father's age and my grandmother's age when she had my father.
Shadowy's a pretty good way to describe the man.Irresponsible could be another. I mean, how many decent men go around having kids, splitting, naming two kids by two different women the exact same name.Yeah, dear ol' grandpa.ROFL
That's the reason the other son that I found knew nothing about him.Mr. Follette left his wife and their kids too, without ever looking back.When his son found him and contacted him, the old man really didn't want anything to do with him.
Way back when I was about 15 or so, a woman (whom I now know to be my aunt by whatever wife the old man was married to at the time), was looking for the old man because she was getting married.She found my father's name and number and called him.He pretty much said, "Don't know, don't care, don't ever call here again looking for him."
So no, this isn't going to be easy research, and this is probably the third time in the last ten years I've embarked on this, always starting from square one and working backward, but never getting anywhere. :-/
And we don't even mention the old man's name to my father, not that he'd know anything about him anyway.Man took off when my father was like 6 mos. old, and like the rest of the kids after that, never looked back, never cared.
But I guess I'll have to stop over at Ancestry.com and look around there a little more.I'm home on disability now so I have more time available to look into things.Will have to check w/hubby on finances for purchasing birth/death records and whatever else pops up.
Oh, no one ever remembers him using any other name except his own.Can't see why he would either. Seems like he was pretty brazen about depositing kids all over the place then leaving.ROFL