Smallwood still getting to know siblings

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

Uvalde resident Sammye Smallwood, who met her birth mother in 2014 after 60-plus years of separation, has since made visits to California, Indiana and Arizona to visit half brothers and sisters from her mother’s and father’s sides of the family.

Smallwood was raised by Clara and Roland Blair of Quemado and didn’t know she was adopted as an infant until many years later, when her father’s sister was dying of cancer. Once that was revealed, Smallwood enlisted the help of her cousin Shannon Birdwell, who helped her find her birth father and mother and many half brothers and sisters.

“During that time, searching was pretty much all I did,” Smallwood said. “I went on several wild goose chases, looking at records and genealogy.”

Smallwood decided to use the DNA test Birdwell had given her. Soon afterward, Smallwood located two biological cousins, Joyce Baker and Ruth Baker.

‘I went on several wild goose chases, looking at records and genealogy.’

Sammye Smallwood

Uvalde resident

Then Smallwood’s relative Edith Ball suggested Smallwood talk to Hubert Baker’s widow, Christine. Smallwood said the pieces of the puzzle started to come together.


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