Originally, The Thomas Jefferson Children’s Home was one of two large adoption agencies/orphanages located in Tejas. That was at least until they were closed down around ten years ago by state authorities. The children's home was shut down after state welfare authorities, acting on an anonymous tip regarding allegations of ongoing physical abuse at the home. As the state was completing it’s shutdown of the home and transferring the children to the only remaining children’s home in the city, more than a dozen or so boys and girls of various ages fled into the streets. Missing posters were issued but very few of the children were ever recovered or found. Still to this day the reasons behind why the children ran away from the home has not be determined.
Among the many children who had fled, Ann Hemphill’s own grandson had disappeared when he was around eleven never to be seen or heard from again. Shortly after the children’s home closed down, the city’s remaining children’s home; Tejas Adoption Agency, took over all full time duties such as handling all adoptions throughout the greater Southeast Texas area. Not very long after the Thomas Jefferson home closed, the proprietor of the home; a somewhat older woman at the time by the name of Alice Hemphill became sickly with a brittle bones syndrome. She eventually became so sick to the point that eventually she was permanently bedridden. If it hadn’t been for Alice’s daughter Ann to wait on her hand and foot, then Alice would’ve perished soon right after coming down with her bone syndrome.
From time to time Ann wondered what her life could’ve been like had she lived beyond the walls of the Thomas Jefferson Home, but then other times she was grateful to her mother for raising her in the way she had. To her mother’s extreme disappointment though, Ann fell pregnant once upon a time and in another life during a moment of sexual weakness. She eventually gave birth to a daughter which Ann named after her own mother. That was more than fifteen years ago. Her mother at first insisted that Ann give the baby up for adoption when she gave birth, but then her mother relented and decided to help her raise the baby. Ann’s father meanwhile had been busy abroad working for some corporate conglomerate. Ann nor her mother never really knew what her father did as he never talked about his work. The only thing her father said was he worked for a company called The Hanover Group.
Eventually Ann’s daughter grew up to be quite the hellcat herself, despite of Ann trying to teach her own daughter how to be a woman of the Lord. Eventually Ann’s own daughter became pregnant and in Alice Hemphill’s own words, “she has become impure” and so Alice stated that soon after Ann’s daughter gave birth she had to leave. Shortly after giving birth to a boy Ann’s daughter left the child behind in the care of Ann and her parents. Ann never saw her daughter again.
For the next several years after that, Ann along with her parents raised her own grandchild there in the orphanage. When the orphanage shut down after investigations by The State of Texas Welfare Authorities, Ann’s own grandson was one of the children who vanished without a trace after escaping into the streets. She never saw him again. For the last ten years since the last days of the children’s home when Ann wasn’t personally attending to her mother’s every wish and demand, then Ann’s time was spent here in her room. Either she was reading books she’d already read or she was sewing up holes in old clothing.
The Hemphill family name was one of the more prominent names around Tejas. The Hemphill family was one of the original founding members of Tejas when the city first got its charter. Then later when the oil gusher near Sabine Pass was discovered, the Hemphill family name was mentioned in passing as once again being in league with one of the area’s more well-known leading industrialists; Francis Tyrell Stevens who was also a founding member of Tejas.
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