“I didn’t know if they were male or female because it was just S. Schleyer, so I just jotted a short note to her and asked her did she have an aunt called Jenny and was her dad’s name Issac?” explained Pike.
Pike, one of 12 children, added that when she received an e-mail from Schleyer confirming the information was correct, she told her she had a large family in Newfoundland.
She explained that growing up she would see pictures of Sharon and her sister on her grandmother’s wall and would often think about them through the years, “…Are they still living? Do they have families?” said Pike.
“But where do you start? Boston’s a big place, so thank God for Ancestry, because if not we would never have met.”
STANDING WHERE HE LIVED
Schleyer said by visiting Newfoundland and having the opportunity to meet her family she has been able to find some of the answers she has looked for.
“It healed my heart,” she said. “…standing on the same ground that he walked on, I could feel a closeness to him, and meeting people that knew him as a kid.”
She added hearing stories of where he used to play, and of the adventures he’d had, “I know my father was a child, but I didn’t know what he did on an island, I had this vision of this big huge island somewhere in the middle of the ocean.”
Schleyer said visiting Port Elizabeth was a very emotional experience. “It made me feel where my roots were, I wasn’t transplanted anymore.”