|John Austin Williams|
We're hoping a Minnesota Sand might make the connection to John's brother William, whose adopted mom was Nick Sand's second wife, Magdalena Brodie Sand. Are there photos of William around? What a thrill if Will had a photo taken about this age, too. They were born in 1908, so this might have been 1925 (a high school graduation photo?)
OK, searchable online keywords: John Austin Williams, Sand, William Williams, 1908, New York Foundling Hospital, adopted, orphan trains.this website listing orphan train riders, by whom they were adopted, and where. At the bottom of that page is a Joseph William Williams, with the Sand/Brodie/St Cloud information.
(Larry found the riders website when we first posted about Wm Williams. Evidently, info there gets updated, too ☺).
Slim said her grandfather John Austin Williams was born September 27, 1908. This paragraph about Joseph William Williams says he was born August 11, 1910 so they may have been brothers. We just don't know yet...
Joseph William Williams (birth name) William Sand (foster/adoptive name) (deceased)
1913 NYFH Rider to St Cloud, MN to Magdalena Sand & brother Bernard Brady family.
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.
THANK YOU, Slim!