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blankenship

Dayton, OH

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Oct 31, 2009
 
im trying to locate a sister i havent seen in over 30 years. she was adopted from shawn acres orphanage in dayton ohio, then moved to saint marys. I believe she has grown children. she is around 51-52 years old.
Mandee

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Jan 29, 2010
 
The Orphanage would be Shawen Acres also known as the Montgomery County Children's Home. 3304 N. Main St. Dayton OH. The Dayton Library has a historical society branch in the basement and might have the records you're looking for.
blankenship

Dayton, OH

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Jan 31, 2010
 
mandee. thanks for the info. debbie's adoptive parents were the "Adams" I believe.They actually adopted 2 of my sisters(debbie and tammy), Tammy got to come back home with the family after a couple of years with the Adams. So ,she could go by the maiden name of Adams or Blankenship. I'm not sure of a married name, although I think she was married the last I heard. Thanks !
blankenship

Vandalia, OH

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Feb 20, 2010
 
I thought I would try 1 more time. I'm looking for a long lost sister (30 years or so)who lives in St. Marys Ohio the last I heard. She is around 52 or 53 years old.She was adopted as a young child so her maiden name could be Debbie Adams or Blankenship. I believe she married and has children. My dad , Glen Blankenship , would take me and my brother Gary to sunday visits at Shawen Acres Orphanage to see her in Dayton Ohio.Several of us were at the orphanage at this time (early to late 60s)Family members names are Don,Ron,Tom,Larry,Garry,Henrie tta,Glenda,and Tammy Blankenship.I think about her often. Thanks
Celina Girl

Celina, OH

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Feb 20, 2010
 
Would the Adams have been her grandparents?
blankenship

Vandalia, OH

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Feb 20, 2010
 
Possibly. I was very young then, mabe 4 years old. I thought they were her foster parents.They would meet us at shawn acres to drop her off for a couple of hours to visit on sundays. She was the only sibling who really never came to live with her family. Debbie visited Dayton Ohio when I was 16, She was either married or engaged. She only stayed for a couple of hours. Thats the last time I have seen her.
Celina Girl

Celina, OH

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#7
Feb 21, 2010
 
Well cause my mom went to school with a girl by that name and my mom is 51. and she said the girl was adopted by her grandparents but she couldn't remember if they had the same last name as her or not.
Diane Collins

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Feb 23, 2010
 
You can get all the records to the Shawen Acres Childrens Home at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. They are on micro film. You have to go there in person to look at the records.
I was in Shawen Acres from 1965 to 1969. My name is Diane Collins. There was a couple of children there one named Karen Blankinship, and a brother Richard Blankenship.
blankenship dayton ohio

Vandalia, OH

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#9
Feb 26, 2010
 
debbie/debra adams/blankenship also had a younger sister tammy. she was also adopted by the adams and lived with debbie and the adams for some time. tammy came home when she was around 12 or 13 years old. i have a picture of debbie when she was around 15 or 16 years old. looks like a high school picture. thanks again.
blankenship

Vandalia, OH

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Feb 28, 2010
 
diane, did you know my sisters, henrietta, glenda,or tammy? thanks
Diane Collins

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Mar 14, 2010
 
I remember the name Henrietta Blankenship, Karen and Richard Blankenship were actualy last name Kouts. At the time I was there, the place was filled to capacity, which meant 10 cottages with 21 children in each. Henrietta was in cottage 7 I think,(it was the cottage known for so much stickness). If I am remembering right, she had brown hair and was kinda quiet. She would have been around 6 years younger than me, and when I left I was 15 1/2. I can give you the name of some boys that were there and weren't adopted, they would retain their last name and you could search for them, and they might know something.*Tommy and Mike Wheeler (brothers),*Richard Kouts,*Dean Watkins. My eamil address is Dctcb5@aol.com. Diane
Diane Collins

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Mar 14, 2010
 
I also remembered another boys name, Gary Burton. In In 1969 I went back to see the place,(live in Georgia now). I was around 17 and I met Mike Wheeler as I was getting off the Dayton transit bus in front of Shawen Acres. We hugged and talked briefly, he had somewhere to be, but I never heard from him again, but he was still living in Dayton, and so was Gary Burton. Maybe you could find these two guys. I'm almost sure I remember Henrietta, and I believe her hair was long at the time. When you came to visit, did you have to stay in the lobby, or could you visit her out on the grounds?
I like you want to find out more information. I believe my mother had another child while I was in there, and the records would show his birth,(she was an alcoholic and that is why were in Shawen Acres. My caseworker was a lady named Ms. Spencer, I still have a picture of her. Just know this, God is in control of everything and he says he knows the desires of our hearts, and if your desire is to find your sister, then you will find her. hugs, Di
Diane Collins

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#13
Mar 14, 2010
 
Sorry it has taken me so long to read your post, I don't come on here much, that is why I gave you my email address.
Diane Collins

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Mar 14, 2010
 
This is for anyone looking at this site and wants to contact others from the Shawen Acres Home, if you contact me I will give you the web site to go to to find other children that once were in there, or corrispond with others looking for their families.
Christy Hitchings

Palo Cedro, CA

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#15
Apr 21, 2012
 
My parents were in Shawen Acres i believe in the late 40s. Last name for my mom was Bowerman and my dad last name was Coatney. Does anyone remember them? I know that some may be long gone like my parents but i am just curious
Christy Hitchings

Palo Cedro, CA

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#16
Apr 21, 2012
 
i have started a facebook group families and kids of shawen acres please join if you have facebook
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Mansfield, OH

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May 22, 2012
 
hi...i just came across this post. Your sister is my friend. Ijust read this to her and she wanted me to leave comment ... If you would like to correspond I can offer my email and get you a way to get together:)
blankeship

Lebanon, OH

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May 23, 2012
 
friend of deb blankenship wrote:
hi...i just came across this post. Your sister is my friend. Ijust read this to her and she wanted me to leave comment ... If you would like to correspond I can offer my email and get you a way to get together:)
I would be very greatful if you would do this for me.She is my sister and I have never stopped wondering about her.I miss her badly. thank you soo much..
Daughter of Deb

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May 23, 2012
 
blankeship wrote:
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I would be very greatful if you would do this for me.She is my sister and I have never stopped wondering about her.I miss her badly. thank you soo much..
Hi. I'm actually Deb youngest daughter. If you have a email address I could contact you with more privacy than on topix:) I also know her friend that is mention above to. She the one who told us about you looking for her! Would love to know more about my.mom family too:)
friend of deb blankenship

Mansfield, OH

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May 24, 2012
 
blankeship wrote:
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I would be very greatful if you would do this for me.She is my sister and I have never stopped wondering about her.I miss her badly. thank you soo much..
im glad I came across this post:) Feel free to contact me or her daughter who also posted. My email is red4go@yahoo.com.

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