William Joseph Sand (deceased)So, Larry wondered if there were other online references to Wm. Williams, and...wow...he found THIS:
Born William Williams of Brooklyn, New York on 8/11/1910. He was placed in the New York Foundling Hospital by his mother at 2 weeks old. In 1913, at 3 years and 5 months old, he was placed with Magdalena Sand in St Cloud, Minnesota. He married Eleanore Ludenia and they had six children. He worked for the railroad most of his life. He died April 20, 1985.
"William WILLIAMS was an orphan and listed in the 1910 census age: 2 yr. 2 months at the NY Foundling Asylum.Hmm! This produced all kinds of questions in the AMAZING mind of Mr Research--How come a child was adopted by an individual woman? Was Magdalena Sand 'one of ours'? If so, how did she connect?
Who were his biological parents?
Was he adopted, if so, who adopted him and where did he live after leaving the NY Foundling Aslyum in NYC?
Did his adoptive parents change his name?
William WILLIAMS may have been a twin brother of John Austin WILLIAMS b. Feb. 27, 1908 who also was in the 1910 census at the NY Foundling.
John Austin WILLIAMS was sent on an "Orphan Train" which went to San Antonio, Texas ca 1911 where he was adopted by James QUINN and his wife Phillipina BAUMANN".
(From THIS FORUM about NY genealogy).
WELL! (This was the point I joined Larry online ☺). Between us, we searched census pages and city directories from 1870 to 1940, and figured out who Magdalena Sand was, more or less.
She was the daughter of Bernhard and Elizabeth Brodie. They lived in St Cloud in 1870:
Here, a Barney Brody is living with his sister Magdalene Sand, a widow, and her two adopted kids, William and Amelia (called boarders)...but see? They were born in New York....
And, living in St Cloud. Hmm, is the Polk Directory online for that time period? YES, 1939:
Ah! "Widow of Nicholas C."...so, she was a widow when she adopted those kids. And, see "Wm J" there? Same address as Magdalena, and he was an apprentice at the car shops.
Larry found the 1910 census, and look: Nicholas had been married before, because there are 4 children ranging in age from 13 to 18, and he & Magdalena had been married for just one year:
On my family tree, there's a Nicholas Sand who died in 1911 in St Cloud, Minnesota. He was the son of Peter Sand, and the brother of my great grandfather, Michael Sand.
The child mentioned on the New York forum could very well be William John Sand, adopted son of the widow Magdalena Sand.
Isn't that COOL?