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Nobody shared it with Valerie Spruill while her husband was alive. For years after his death, she heard bits of the story. It was something about an absentee father, something about her husband. None of it made sense, she said. That's not until her uncle finally told her what no one else had: She had unknowingly married the father she never knew.
By all accounts, Spruill's mother got pregnant as a teenager while dating her then 15-year-old father.
She was 3-months-old when she was sent to live with her grandmother and grandfather, who she initially believed as she grew up was her father.
Spruill said at about age 8 or 9, she discovered that the woman who often visited the house was not a family friend but her mother.
But nobody, she said, talked about her father.
"I don't know if he ever knew or not. That conversation didn't come up," she said. "I think if he did know, there is no way he could have told me."
She confirmed that her husband was indeed her father through a DNA test, hair taken from one of his brushes.
The aftermath of the secret was devastating emotionally -- and physically, Spruill suffered two strokes and was diagnosed with diabetes.
It was her second marriage. Spruill was a nice man, a good provider. He was kind to her three children from her previous marriage.
"We had a good life," she said.
There's nobody left to give her the answers about her husband-father. Her mother, Christine, died in 1984. Her grandparents have long since passed. So, too, have a number of Percy Spruill's relatives.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I know people think the blood tap for a marriage license is/was stupid, old fashioned and without any meaning of any kind in the modern world, but I dare say, this case proves a rather wacky example of why that once was a required step. Brothers/Sisters and Cousins were more the concern I believe...Who ever imagines a Father and Daughter marrying and at least one of them not being 100% fully aware of it??
Originally posted by tinker9917
The husband/father had to at least suspect it, didn't he?
If he did know the whole time, he was a sick, sick man!
edit on 11-10-2012 by tinker9917 because: (no reason given)