The triplets went to different homes - Dwight and Alexander went to North Carolina, while sister Mamie was sent to Philadelphia. Now that they are adults, the triplets want to know their family ancestry. I've done some research and have found more information which I will be giving to the newspaper.
If any of my readers want to jump in and assist in this search, here are the facts from the newspaper story:
- Mamie Lee Kelly gave birth to triplets on Jan. 18, 1953, at Adams Hospital near Logan Circle, Washington: Dwight and Alexander David (went to N. Carolina) and Mamie ( went to Philly)
- Mother died Jan. 22, 1953
- Father Alexander Kelly shot and killed Nov. 1955
- older sister to triplets was Linda
- There were 3 Adams Hospital nurses, L.E. Lee, Evelyn Cheffens and Ruth Milberrie.
Source: Orphaned Triplets Search for their Family's History
Here are my findings:
Date: Monday, January 26, 1953
Paper: Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia) Page: 13
From this clipping we know that Mamie's parents were Carl and Lona Mae Jones, and her sister was Mrs. Essie Govan.
Paper: Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia) Page: 37From this we find that Alexander Kelly was born circa 1919
The birth of the triplet's sister (Linda) is mentioned in Saturday, February 17, 1951 newspaper for Washington DC.
Next I found their mother with her parents and sister in 1930 and 1940 census records.
1930 census Kent, Prince George´S, Maryland; Roll: 878; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0028; Image: 51.0; FHL microfilm: 2340613Carl Jones, 25 b N. Carolina
Lona, 25 b N. Carolina
Mamie 7 b N. Carolina
Essie M. 5 b Maryland
1940 Census Prince George´S, Maryland; Roll: T627_1557; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 17-41
Carl Jones 37, shop boy, grade 6 education
Lena M Jones 37 never went to school
Mamie E Jones 17 left school after grade 7
Essie M Jones 15 2nd year high school
Joshua P Taylor 47 brother-in-law, busboy, grade 2 education
20786 Landover, Prince Georges, Maryland, USA
|BORN:||4 Jul 1902|
|State (Year) SSN issued:||District of Columbia (Before 1951|
His obituary is found Tuesday, January 28, 1969
Evening Star (Washington (DC), District of Columbia) on p. 29
Lona Jones, his wife died in 1973. Her obituary is found January 17, 1973 in the Evening Star (Washington DC) on p 39
I found Essie Mae Govan living in Capitol Heights Maryland from August 1984 to May 2005. Other nams associated with Essie were James Govan, Joe Nathan Govan, Lashawn Michelle Vanhorne, Natalie Govan
UPDATE April 2: Marian Koalski adds this find of Lona's maiden name: