A passion for gardening and relatives in showbiz were just two of the aspects uncovered by the Finders team’s investigation into the estate of Catherine Lee.
Catherine had died in 2010, without leaving a will and with no known next of kin and the case was taken on by Finders’ Amy Moyes. Catherine, it was revealed, had loved gardening, joining the Royal Horticultural Society as a teenager and being made a fellow of the Society at the age of 31.
Catherine had lived with her sister Joan and Amy’s initial research proved that Joan had been Catherine’s twin sister. Neither of the sisters had married or had children so Amy’s research took her to the girls’ parents, Harry and Ellen Lee. Further painstaking research identified that the girls had been adopted, but in an unusual twist it was found that their biological mother was Ellen’s sister Winifred and the girls had been adopted by Harry and Ellen at the age of 10.
Further interest was added by Harry’s father. Born in America, Henry Lee had come to the UK in the 1890s and carved out a very successful career as a vaudeville performer and impersonator. Unfortunately, because of his American birth locating further relatives proved too difficult to do and Amy was forced to concentrate on Catherine’s mother’s side.
She found a number of relatives, including Maureen the grand-daughter of Ellen’s sister Edith. Maureen, a keen genealogist herself, was delighted to find out more about her family and said she would be looking into Henry Lee’s story, proving once more how much people treasure the family tree information that results from such investigations.
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