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    MA - Helen Cheever Skea, 41, Beverly, 1962

    I've recently learned a family story from my aunt. Apparently, my great grandmother's niece, Helen Cheever, married John S Skea (who passed away in 1988), and had 2 daughters (Paula Skea may be one of the daughter's names since her name was in a deceased family member's address book, the other name is unknown) by 1954, when they attended Helen's parent's Golden Anniversary party in Maine. Our family members were told that Helen left her husband and children one day and never came back. There was no note, no whispers she was leaving... one day just left the house and never came back. Helen's father spent the rest of his life searching for her. My great grandmother had altzheimer's in the end, and when my aunt went to visit, my great grandmother would say, "Oh, Helen! You came back!" By that, my description of her is vague. Around 5'4"-5'6", dark brown hair, most likely blue or green eyes, and a thin-medium build. Her last known address was 55 Essex St, Beverly, MA, in 1960. She was 39. The next address I have is 1963, and only lists John at that address. I have a suspicion she didn't just leave her 2 daughters without so much as a goodbye.

    I've been trying to find mention of her disappearance in a newspaper, but have been unsuccessful. If anyone can help with that, I would greatly appreciate it!

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    Very interesting. Is there speculation that the husband was an abuser? Or was there another boyfriend out there? What does your family think?

    There is a similar case in my husband's family tree. A man left his family and kids without warning to "go to the store". He came back 25 years later when he got sick of his new family. That is all we know- you would think there would be more details, though. I don't often hear of women doing that, so I fear your relative met with something sinister.

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    http://www.mainegenealogy.net/indivi....asp?id=247926
    Name of Groom: John S. SKEA
    Groom's Place of Residence: Andover, Mass.
    Name of Bride: Helen B. CHEEVER
    Bride's Place of Residence: Andover, Mass.
    Marriage Date: Saturday, 2 Aug. 1941

    I have looked in archived news and couldn't find anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    Very interesting. Is there speculation that the husband was an abuser? Or was there another boyfriend out there? What does your family think?

    There is a similar case in my husband's family tree. A man left his family and kids without warning to "go to the store". He came back 25 years later when he got sick of his new family. That is all we know- you would think there would be more details, though. I don't often hear of women doing that, so I fear your relative met with something sinister.
    My aunt said everyone just believed she left on her own. My extended family didn't ask questions or "pry in someone else's business". As a mother, I have a hard time believing she just left. She wasn't on drugs or anything. My aunt thinks it was a sinister ending. I don't know how her husband was. I would love to ask the daughters what they've been told or if they knew anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Hood View Post
    http://www.mainegenealogy.net/indivi....asp?id=247926
    Name of Groom: John S. SKEA
    Groom's Place of Residence: Andover, Mass.
    Name of Bride: Helen B. CHEEVER
    Bride's Place of Residence: Andover, Mass.
    Marriage Date: Saturday, 2 Aug. 1941

    I have looked in archived news and couldn't find anything.
    Had you looked for it in Maine or Massachusetts? I find it strange that a mother just disappeared without so much as a newspaper clipping.

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    I wonder if you can file a missing persons report (or I guess her kids in this case). She might still be alive. I have heard of people doing that years later. That way, LE can look up and see if any reports were filed back then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    I wonder if you can file a missing persons report (or I guess her kids in this case). She might still be alive. I have heard of people doing that years later. That way, LE can look up and see if any reports were filed back then?
    I wonder if her children were told their mother just left. They may not be aware that their mother disappeared under suspicious circumstances. I've confirmed their father has passed, so they wouldn't be able to question him.

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    It sounds like you don't know Helen's children. Does anybody in your extended family know them?
    I think maybe the first step would be from them to call LE and file a missing persons report. The worst that could happen would be that LE would turn them away.

    I really can't be of any help- I don't know what else to do since there is nothing else to go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterymom7 View Post
    Had you looked for it in Maine or Massachusetts? I find it strange that a mother just disappeared without so much as a newspaper clipping.
    I had a quick look in both. I even went in other states to see if there was anything. No luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    It sounds like you don't know Helen's children. Does anybody in your extended family know them?
    I think maybe the first step would be from them to call LE and file a missing persons report. The worst that could happen would be that LE would turn them away.

    I really can't be of any help- I don't know what else to do since there is nothing else to go on.
    My aunt who knew (at least) one of her children just passed away a few weeks ago. That's how I got the first name from my aunt's address book. I tried looking at it from the angle of the property and sent an email to a previous owner. I'm sure my best bet is getting in touch with one of the children. Most of my extended family has passed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    It sounds like you don't know Helen's children. Does anybody in your extended family know them?
    I think maybe the first step would be from them to call LE and file a missing persons report. The worst that could happen would be that LE would turn them away.

    I really can't be of any help- I don't know what else to do since there is nothing else to go on.
    I found the names of Helen's daughters... Betty and Eleanor. John's mother's name was Elizabeth, so Betty may be short for Elizabeth.

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    Once I had their names I was able to get their married names. Sadly, the oldest daughter's husband passed away in 2007. In his obituary, it had her maiden name along with her sister's married name and both their children's names. I was able to find the oldest daughter's daughter on FB, and sent her a message. I'll update if any information comes out of it. Thanks for the help!

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    Best of luck to you and your family.

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    After speaking with her daughter, I've come to find out that she left with a neighbor to Florida in the summer of 1962. The man came back, but Helen didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterymom7 View Post
    After speaking with her daughter, I've come to find out that she left with a neighbor to Florida in the summer of 1962. The man came back, but Helen didn't.
    Whoa! that opens up a whole new string of stuff...

    1. she rode with man simply to get a ride to FL, something happens so she never contacts family.
    2. neighbor killed her
    3. This whole story was made up by someone

    So, I wonder where this story came from? Did the daughter get this from her father? Did she personally see her mom leave? Did the neighbor talk to her?
    I wonder if there is any way to find the neighbor's name?

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