In 1898 (my grandmother) the first born child of Mary Ann Wilber Pierce was wrongfully taken from her by her in-laws, Thomas Warren Pierce and Mary Ann Besse. (Mary Ann Besse was the mother of: (Little Girl Lost Has Been Found ) Mary Catherine was only 19 years old and separated from her husband, Carl Z Pierce when she took her in-laws to court to get her baby back. (You may want to read about Carl: Rainbows and Flowers, vs. Black Clouds and Weeds )
The courts refusing her petition led Mary Catherine to make a devastating life-long decision out of fear. What happened to Mary and Carl's second child, Herbert, that she secretly bore while they were separated? That 100 year old mystery I solved a year ago this month. Herbert died in 1989 but I found his grandson and together we joyfully celebrated. Today we are the best of friends that cousins could ever be. It was the most remarkable genealogical journey event of my life. I can't wait to share it with you.