GE­NEAL­OGY

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“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.”

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