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Series 11 Ep 11 – Constance Doheny

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A retired seamstress Constance Doheny died in Coventry Hospital at the age of 89, the Finders International Team’s work leads to an emotional family reunion between an aunt and niece who have been estranged for 30 years.

Constance Doheny

When retired seamstress Constance Doheny died in Coventry Hospital at the age of 89, the Finders International Team knew it had its work cut out for it. Constance had been married but had no children, and her maiden name was Morse – a relatively popular surname.
The team found that Constance’s mother had been one of ten and, after speaking to some of the descendants of these siblings, we discovered another heir hunting firm was also on the case and had already set up appointments with the heirs to Constance’s £250,000 estate.
We investigated the father’s side of the family and found descendants – one of whom was David, who had been a private in the army in 1911. The Heir Hunters episode focuses on how he was sent overseas and fought in the Battle of Mons in 1914.
He was captured during the fighting and was one of the 190,000 British servicemen who ended up in a German prisoner of war camp. It was there that he met his future wife, a woman from the Netherlands. The couple later married and moved to the Netherlands.
Our research took us back to Constance’s mother, and we discovered that she’d actually been married twice. She’d had five children from her first marriage. We found two half-blood heirs, Jacqueline Pearson and Danielle Burton. It turned out that Jacqueline and Danielle are aunt and niece, but they hadn’t seen each other for 30 years, as Danielle’s father and Jacqueline’s brother had become estranged from the family.
The episode concludes with their reunion – an emotional, but a lovely end to the story.

 

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