Recently solved an old family mystery. My Grandfather, Frank John Bates, had been married once before he was married to my Grandma. He married Mary Elizabeth Nugent in 1918 in Boonville; I have the marriage certificate.
They supposedly had a son by this marriage.
I found Frank living in Carthage in the 1920 census, apparently not living with Mary. Frank was born & raised in Buffalo, NY and was back in Buffalo by 1925 and was married to my Grandma in 1923.
Assuming Frank & Mary did have a son, I did a search on ussearch.com and found a David Bates living in Carthage, NY at this time. What a strange coincidence it would be if this would be a grandson of my Grandfather and have my same given name?!
I have been unable to locate a birth certificate for any children for this couple yet.