|Angela Davis - Wigley|
Angela's story is that she doesn't know much about her heritage other than the small pieces of information shared by her adoptive parents and a half-sister Christy, who hired a private investigator to learn more about their mother and who found Angela. With the information Christy shared with Angela, she knows somewhere she has a half-brother. She has in her possession a picture of her birth parents when she was around the age of 3 or 4 years old, before she was placed for adoption. Angela knows the names and place of birth of her parents. Her own birth certificate does not bare their names. Like so many adoptees, the names of her adoptive parents have replaced them.
Angela is our daughter-in-law. She married our first born son, Doug Wigley Jr. They have a beautiful and unique relationship in that they really love each other. My husband and I have watched how attentive they are to each other's needs. I myself love my family and cannot fathom the idea of not knowing or being able to know "One's Own Story". While my husband and I have been working on our genealogy, it has been only the last year or so that we jumped into the world of DNA Genealogy with the purposes of "breaking down walls" and "proving family lines". The only way Angela was going to be able to build her tree was through DNA. We started purchasing DNA tests, first through Ancestry and then I transferred the DNA Data to Family Tree DNA. From these two companies she learned of her vast amounts of ethnicity based on her parents DNA she had inherited.
While we all waited for her DNA test with Ancestry to process, I began a tree for her and plugged in the information that we knew. Angela had two pictures, one each of herself with each parent. Doug Jr. had to render them so they could be used on her profile because they had been damaged over time. Once I got them sent to me, I uploaded them to Angela's tree. Then I started researching her parents.
|Angela Davis with her biological father, Nick Munoz|
|Angela Davis with her biological mother, Pamela Stanton Reeds.|
Her maiden name is REEDS.
So, we found Pamela from the "Find A Grave" information I had found and confirmed she was Angela's Pam. While it was exciting to know we had learned some new information about Pam, I was also saddened by the fact that Pam had passed away, never knowing her beautiful daughter. Angela was just 11 years old when Pam passed. She was 37 years old when Angela was born. I can't imagine having to give my child up to strangers but I understand why she had too. It is only because a few people involved cared enough to pass on to Angela something of her parents that she has this much knowledge about them so far.
|"Find A Grave" Obituary on Pamela Stanton Reed|
As the DNA Matches on Ancestry and Family Tree DNA come in, I also uploaded her DNA data to Gedmatch.com. Her kit number is A918809. This October 2015 we ordered a 23andMe DNA kit so Angela can learn her maternal Haplogroup and find more DNA matches. Now, it's just a matter of learning the DNA process of searching for her cousins and how to locate her line. I hope that this information I have given will also lead to more information concerning Pamela Stanton Reed. We are searching for the names of her parents and the names of Nick Munoz parents. We have a long way to go so.... Let the fun begin!