What if research into your family takes on some surprising tones?

Source: What It Was Like...short stories of childhood memories of segregation in America by Lois Watkins

Well it does in all kinds of families despite religious affiliation, race or creed and these finds are evident through either traditional genealogy research or through the newest technological advances in ancestry DNA matches.

What will you do? Hopefully you will proudly honor them and add them to your family tree! 

Back story:

Maurene Olivia Waterman Bencal happened on a FindAGrave memorial for Adolph C Felsenthal, a son of a Jewish immigrant from Germany. On the old site, there was a message posted by the author of this source book which read:

"This is going to come as quite a shock to you! My grandmother was Daisy Anastasia Felsenthal Hankins. Her father was Adolph Felsenthal! Her mother was Martha Archer, an African American whose grandmother was a slave! 

Adolph Felsenthal's biography indicates that he had no children. He did, my grandmother! She is the spitting image of him!

We hold Adolph Felsenthal in high esteem in my family because even though this took place in the deep South, Camden, he never denied her! He sent my grandmother to a Catholic convent school for girls where she graduated with a high school education. The convent was in Pine Bluff!

To demonstrate the manner of man that he was, upon his daughter's graduation, my grandmother, he donated a stain glass window to the church, WHICH IS STILL IN THE WINDOW, you can see for yourself. 

So, when we read that Adolph Felsenthal had no children, we always say that he did! 

Oh, and to show you the relationship, my grandmother named her first son Adolph!!!

Added by Lois Watkins on Oct 08, 2015 1:51 PM

Stained glass window remains in St. Peter Church

Maurene shared this story recently as follows:

"To my Felsenthal, Greenebaum and Herz family: A Love Story.

Adolph C. Felsenthal was the 3rd great grandson of Isaak Jacob and Johanna Hertz (my 5th great-grandparents). His father was David Felsenthal, who was Rabbi Bernhard Felsenthal’s brother. David emigrated to the USA first settling in Kentucky where Adolph was born a first generation American. The family eventually settled in Camden, Arkansas, where they are first found in the 1870 Census, when Adolph was 6 years old.

Adolph (1863-1943) was a prominent businessman in Camden, the county and the state Arkansas. As a young man in his early 20s, he fell in love with a Black teenager named Martha Bowie (1868-before 1915). Martha became pregnant with Adolph’s child. Adolph wanted Martha to marry him and move to Chicago where he thought their interracial marriage would be accepted. Martha refused. Adolph did not marry until after Martha’s death.

15 May 1885 Daisy Anastasia Felsenthal was born. Adolph never denied paternity of Daisy. He educated her in one of the most exclusive Catholic schools in the area for Black girls, a convent school associated with St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Upon Daisy’s graduation from high school, Adolph donated a stained glass window to the church in Daisy’s honor, where the stain glassed window remains today.

Daisy went on to marry having 10 children and 19 grandchildren. Adolph had no other children."