Jean Stapp obtained pregnant at 16 and moved throughout the nation to have the child 71 years in the past. Her dad and mom made her put him up for adoption and hold it secret.
RINGGOLD, Ga. — An 88-year-old lady from Ringgold will meet her son for the primary time this weekend.
Jean Stapp obtained pregnant at 16 and moved throughout the nation to have the child. Her dad and mom made her put him up for adoption and hold it secret from everybody again house.
Jean’s granddaughter, Donna Afman, submitted her DNA to Ancestry.com in December. The outcomes got here again in March and it revealed she had a detailed relative that she had by no means heard of. She messaged the person, they obtained to speaking, and realized this man is perhaps her grandmother’s son.
Donna requested her grandmother about it, and he or she instructed her household the story of what occurred 71 years in the past.
Jean Stapp has lived in Ringgold her entire life. She grew up a preacher’s daughter, so when she obtained pregnant at 16, it wasn’t ideally suited.
“My mom was so strict, and he or she did not need anyone to look down on our household, so we needed to go some other place to have the child,” Jean Stapp stated.
Jean, her mother, and her mother’s buddy left for Seattle, everybody again house considering it was for medical causes.
Jean had her son after which got here proper again to Ringgold.
“After I had it, I wasn’t allowed to see him,” Jean stated. “Folks was there to take him. As quickly as he was born, they took him.”
Jean by no means instructed anybody she had this child. Not even her husband of 51 years.
Her son’s identify is Patrick Sherman, and he lives in Washington. 5 years in the past, he joined ancestry.com to try to join along with his beginning mother.
“Hope type of died down, did not actually suppose something would come out of it,” stated Adawna Ruthart, Patrick Sherman’s oldest daughter.
He had no success till March.
Jean’s granddaughter, Donna Afman, obtained her outcomes again from ancestry.com and discovered she had a detailed relative named Patrick Sherman.
The 2 linked. They did not know the way they have been associated. All Patrick’s beginning certificates stated was Jane Doe Bell.
Donna realized her grandmother’s maiden identify was Bell. So she known as to ask her if she had one other son.
“She type of hmmm, uh, uh, I obtained numerous that for a little bit bit,” stated Donna Afman, Jean’s granddaughter.
Jean later instructed her what occurred 71 years in the past. She needed to hold it a secret all that point. For it to be out within the open now, Jean feels a weight has been lifted off her shoulder.
“Considering on will I ever see him?” Jean instructed Channel 3.
Greater than 70 years later, the mom and son met for the primary time over the telephone.
“I stored telling Donna ‘What am I going to say? What am I going to say when he calls?” Jean stated.
“He was so nervous. It was the sweetest, sweetest factor,” Ruthart stated. “I had not seen him that pleased I do not suppose ever.”
Patrick is flying on the town this weekend to fulfill his mother in particular person for the primary time.
Jean has three different youngsters who will likely be there as effectively.
Patrick has 4 youngsters of his personal and lots of grandchildren. They may all come to city in September.