The article below was retired from "Genie Wiley", by Will Johnson, professional genealogist, at, copyright 2007-8, all rights reserved.Edit

Dorothy Irene Oglesby was born in 1921. She is described as "age 50" in newspaper accounts dated Nov 1970. She married Clark G Wiley and they had four children, two of whom survived childhood.

About 1956, Irene became mentally unstable and was briefly institutionalized. At this time John, went to live with his grandmother, but on her death in 1958, John returned to the unstable household. (see here)

The condition of her daughter Genie was discovered when Irene left her abusive husband and went to stay with her own mother, while seeking public assistance. The child was initially made a ward of the state. Much later Irene regained custody but finding Genie too much to handle, she was placed with a series of foster homes.

Dorothy was still living in 1993/5 when there are some letters from her in the "Finding Aid" file above. An Oglesby relative informs me that "My Aunt Irene died in 2003 in Los Angeles".


  • Vitalsearch has the California Bride Index which shows that Irene E. Oglesby married Clark G. Wiley in Los Angeles County, Recorded: September 28, 1944 Book #2239

Secondary sourcesEdit

  • "Any Connections to Oglesby line", posting by Donna Oglesby 16 July 2007 to the Oglesby forum at stating that Dorothy parent's were : "Robert Franklin Oglesby ... and his wife Beatrice Palmer. Robert died July 1982 in Ontario California and buried in Ontario Cemetery, California. Beatrice died 24 February 1985 and is buried next to her husband, in Ontario California."
  • "Irene Oglesby", pedigree view, "Underwood" by Bill Underwood, 22 Apr 2008, hosted in the Rootsweb WorldConnect Project showing her mother as "Beatrice Palmer" and Beatrice' parents as "Thomas Jefferson Palmer and Teresa M Thomas"
  • "Wild Child Speechless After Tortured Life", ABCnews, 7 May 2008, Susan Donaldson James.
  • "Raised by a Tyrant, Suffering a Sibling's Abuse", ABCnews, 19 May 2008, Susan Donaldson James. Thanks to site reader Jan H. Jørgensen for alerting me to this news story.
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