15 responses to Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm Seeks Birth Family
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    Mark — Holmes Co.
    Comment on Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm Seeks Birth Family (July 8th, 2016 at 09:39)

    It was very interesting to read this. I had heard little bits of it over the years, but had kind of passed it off as one of the stories that might or might not be true but hearing this took place on Musser School Rd. got my attention, as we have connections to families living there. Thanks for sharing this, Erik.

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      Comment on To be continued? (July 8th, 2016 at 10:06)

      To be continued?

      This seems like the type of story which would really resonate in Amish communities, I’m not surprised she is still talked about today. Dramatic and inspiring. Though she wasn’t adopted by the random family who found her, sounds like she ended up in good hands.

      The idea she has a “double” circulating out there that even fooled her own father is intriguing. Maybe there will be another chapter to Diane’s tale.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm Seeks Birth Family (July 8th, 2016 at 09:55)

    Long time no hear from me. I do miss you all when I don’t check in.
    I love reading this story.

    • Hi Carolyn, it’s true we haven’t seen you around here in awhile. Thanks for checking in, and I’m glad you liked the story.

      For me this was a nice reminder that the news isn’t always bad. Very nice she was able to connect with the community where she was found, and hopefully she’ll find some answers to the mystery.

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    Carol
    Comment on abandoned baby (July 8th, 2016 at 20:51)

    abandoned baby

    If she were to have one of those DNA tests it might show up that she would have some matches to the heritage of the surrounding Amish area. I’m thinking perhaps she was from an unmarried Amish girl who arranged to have her dropped off at the Amish home. With a somewhat narrow gene pool in some areas, a match might become apparent.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm Seeks Birth Family (July 9th, 2016 at 07:10)

    Very interesting to read about this. I hope this lady is able to find her family in the near future.

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    Carol Holstein
    Comment on Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm (July 9th, 2016 at 19:38)

    Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm

    I definitely look forward to a follow up to this story!! As Carol above said, DNA testing may indeed help Diane in her search. And of course, social media,such as Facebook.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm Seeks Birth Family (July 10th, 2016 at 11:26)

    This is so intriguing! If she has a twin, so many questions could be answered, if only those involving health issues. With so many modern tools available, I do hope some investigator (someone who investigates “cold cases”, perhaps) takes on this challenge.

    I could see this story being made into a movie of some sort (not that it would be ideal, but it seems that a lot of us here are interested in Diane’s outcome, down the road.) I wish her the best in her quest to find her origins.

    I’ve known a couple of men who were adopted (into the same family, and grew up as brothers, though they were unrelated), but never told about their adoption. They found out as adults, and it was traumatic for them and for their “adoptive” families and extended families, all of whom kept their adoption a secret for decades.

    Truth IS stranger than fiction.

    Alice Mary

    • I could see it as a movie as well, Alice Mary. Maybe it’s waiting for one more chapter.

      Can’t imagine what it would be like to be told you are adopted. I’m really not sure how I’d react. I’d hope I’d mostly just be glad that I ended up with good parents. But psychologically I could imagine there is an element of “my birth parents didn’t want me”, though countered by “but someone else really did”.

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        Diane Bell
        Comment on Amazing! (November 30th, 2016 at 20:21)

        Amazing!

        Yes! Being adopted is always been a blessing due to the wonderful family I ended up with. Thank you all for your kind and loving support. As far as an update, I did do a DNA test and currently have a team of experts who work for the tv show Long Lost Family looking into all my connections.

        Hopefully I will know more soon!
        Again, thank you for all your support and good thoughts!

        Diane

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      beth menke
      Comment on SEEKING MY BIRTH MOTHER AND BIRTH TWIN SISTER (August 25th, 2016 at 20:29)

      SEEKING MY BIRTH MOTHER AND BIRTH TWIN SISTER

      I AM LOOKING FOR HELENA HOLMES SHE MAY HAVE LIVED IN THE VIRGINIA AND MICHIGAN AND MAYBE NEW JERSEY AREA. MY REAL BIRTH DAY IS FEB 24 1955. I KNOW THAT MY BIRTH TWIN SISTER LIVED IN THE ANN ARBOR AREA OR HER HUSBAND WORKED OR OWNED A COMPUTER BUSINESS IN THE ANN ARBOR AREA. THEY HAD 2 BOYS AND THERE WAS A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON THEM IN THE EARLY 1990S I GOT AHOLD OF THE HUSBAND AND CALLED MY TWIN SISTER BUT MY MEMORIES WERE BLOCKED SO I GAVE WRONG INFO TO HER. I WAS BORN IN JERSEY CITY NJ AND THE PAPERS ARE IN TRENTON NJ. ANYONE WHO CAN PASS THIS INFO TO ANYONE WHO FITS THIS I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL TO BE REUNITED WITH ANY BIRTHFAMILY. I HAVE LOTS OF HEALTH ISSUES AND IT WOULD SO HELP ME TO KNOW ANY MEDICAL BACKGROUND. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO HELP ME PLEASE. THANK YOU.

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      beth menke
      Comment on SEEKING MY BIRTH MOTHER AND BIRTH TWIN SISTER (August 25th, 2016 at 20:30)

      SEEKING MY BIRTH MOTHER AND BIRTH TWIN SISTER

      I AM LOOKING FOR HELENA HOLMES SHE MAY HAVE LIVED IN THE VIRGINIA AND MICHIGAN AND MAYBE NEW JERSEY AREA. MY REAL BIRTH DAY IS FEB 24 1955. I KNOW THAT MY BIRTH TWIN SISTER LIVED IN THE ANN ARBOR AREA OR HER HUSBAND WORKED OR OWNED A COMPUTER BUSINESS IN THE ANN ARBOR AREA. THEY HAD 2 BOYS AND THERE WAS A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON THEM IN THE EARLY 1990S I GOT AHOLD OF THE HUSBAND AND CALLED MY TWIN SISTER BUT MY MEMORIES WERE BLOCKED SO I GAVE WRONG INFO TO HER. I WAS BORN IN JERSEY CITY NJ AND THE PAPERS ARE IN TRENTON NJ. ANYONE WHO CAN PASS THIS INFO TO ANYONE WHO FITS THIS I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL TO BE REUNITED WITH ANY BIRTHFAMILY. I HAVE LOTS OF HEALTH ISSUES AND IT WOULD SO HELP ME TO KNOW ANY MEDICAL BACKGROUND. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO HELP ME PLEASE. THANK YOU. THIS IS NOT A DUPLICATE MESSAGE.

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    Carole
    Comment on Adorable Baby (July 12th, 2016 at 08:50)

    Adorable Baby

    As adorable and happy as the baby in the picture appears to be, she must have had good care where she was before being abandoned. There is probably a logical story behind her being left on a doorstep. At least the mother or whoever knew an Amish person would do the right thing for the baby. A 65 year old widow would not have been in a good position to keep the child, but a good home was found for her. People in desperate situations do desperate things and should not be judged too harshly.

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    Jim (Jakob) Kramer
    Comment on Adopted (July 13th, 2016 at 16:17)

    Adopted

    Erik and everyone, This is a story that is truly touching! Beverly Lewis handled the idea of a baby adopted by Amish and reared as their own child already, but not one in which the baby was turned over to local authorities, brought up in a non-Amish family and later met the Amish family which had found her all those years ago. Yes, I agree: this would make a wonderfully inspiring movie! I love that she has reconnected with the Amish who had “done the right thing”, since adoptions are so complicated and the legalities involved are potentially heartbreaking to those who might later find that they must give up a beloved child. Erik, if more information becomes available, that is, a continuation to her experiences and life story, it would be wonderful of you to keep us informed. Best wishes at any rate to Diane Bell–and may you soon find those answers you seek.

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    M.H. G
    Comment on Woman Abandoned As a Baby at Amish Farm Seeks Birth Family (August 20th, 2016 at 07:19)

    A wonderful, touching story

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