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Gladys Randolph: maybe known by another name?

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Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Jul 2013 15:34

do you have her actual birth cert ?

Is it possible she doesn't have a father named? if so she may have been put in a home thats why no one knows of her.

Just thinking outside the box :-)


Julie Report 26 Jul 2013 15:22

Yep that's great granny - we have all the family, none of them are missing just this one stray Gladys.

The informant was my grandmother


Julie Report 26 Jul 2013 15:20

Yep and his death in 1998, he was well known and liked in the family.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Jul 2013 15:20

her mum??

Name: Beatrice E Gapper
Birth Date: abt 1880
Date of Registration: Jun 1962
Age at Death: 82
Registration District: Eton
Inferred County: Buckinghamshire
Volume: 6a
Page: 400

so wonder who the informant was


Julie Report 26 Jul 2013 15:18


lol I think we are too quick for each other!

Yep there is also another half brother, but we knew about him and he grew up with Grandma and Beatrice. This is why this was such a shock to find out that there was another half sister - Gladys, but she was never mentioned by Grandma or Ray and as far as the rest of the family was concerned.

This is why it has taken so long to try and exhaust all the possible and obvious avenues we have.

This lady is a complete mystery, but if she's still alive, which is quite possible, she could be having tea and birthday cake today. Hopefully this is with some family, but if not there is a family here, who couldn't wait to meet her!

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Jul 2013 15:13

so have you found her brother Raymond after his birth ?

looks like two possible marriages one in 1949 and one in 1957 Southampton

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Jul 2013 15:10


I edited out the ref to legal adoption as I re read your enquiry and knew you were aware of that :-D


Julie Report 26 Jul 2013 14:57

Hi Shirley

That was quick!

Her mother's maiden name was Woodman (it's a typo). Beatrice Ellen Woodman married Harry Randolph in 1903 and then went onto marry George Gapper in March 1922, but I should have said I'd duel tracked her with both names of Randolph and Gapper.

"Legal adoption didn't start till 1927", I know, that's my stumbling block and why I said "This lady would be pre legal adoption records"

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Jul 2013 14:49

I see she was born with a diff mmn

Name: Gladys Randolph
Mother's Maiden Surname: Boodman
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1921
Registration District: Southampton
Inferred County: Hampshire
Volume Number: 2a
Page Number: 63

so who was her mum?? maybe if her mum remarried she took her mums new name.

edit its a very bad typed page could mmn be Woodman ??

if so theres a brother

Name: Raymond P Randolph
Mother's Maiden Surname: Woodman
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1919
Registration District: Christchurch
Inferred County: Hampshire
Volume Number: 2b
Page Number: 1042


Julie Report 26 Jul 2013 14:34

I am looking for a lady who could be celebrating her 92nd birthday.

She was born in Southampton in 1921.

We are not sure if this lady is still with us or not.

I have exhausted looking through GRO records for matches and dispatches.

I have spoken to Southampton Registrar Office, with no luck in finding any marriages or deaths to date.

I have spoken to the Bereavements Office and they can find no records of her either.

This lady would be pre legal adoption records.

She would have been 18 in 1939 and 24 in 1945, she may be anywhere in the country or have gone overseas, whether it be with work or marriage. I have exhausted all the avenues I can think of.

No one in the family knew of her existence, it wasn't until my Grandmother died that we found out about her. She is her half sister.

This lady may be have been "adopted" by another family and have been given completely new names. Do you have a relative who has/had a birthday today, but with a mysterious background, or no birth certificate in the name she is now known?

Please can you help? Do you have any further suggestions, I live 160 miles away.

Many thanks for your time reading this