Oren Bradford Scott

Oren ScottThe Remarkable Story of

Oren Bradford Scott*

(1923-1990)

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*DNA evidence confirms that Mildred K Bearns (1905-?) was the biological mother of Oren Scott. She was the daughter of prospector, Thomas Charles Bearns (sometimes Brown), and Bridget Agnes Keating.

Her parents were originally from St. John’s Newfoundland (her father of English heritage, her mother of Irish heritage). They were married in Victoria, British Columbia, where their oldest daughter was born. They returned to Newfoundland where two of their sons were born. Mildred and another son were born in Capetown, South Africa. Another daughter died there.

Mildred's older brother, James Cecil Bearns
Mildred’s older brother, James Cecil Bearns

Bridget Keating Bearns passed away in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Leaving 5 small children in the care of her husband. The family moved to San Diego where Thomas Bearns remarried. The 2 older boys (Earl Joseph & James Cecil) got in trouble with the law for theft, burglary, and highway robbery. They appear to have eventually turned their lives around. The oldest boy joined the Maritime service. The next oldest married and had 3 children.

Thomas Bearns separated from his 2nd wife and moved with his daughters (Alice M & Mildred Kathleen) and youngest son (Francis Aden) to Tacoma, Washington. His youngest son also served time at Monroe Reformatory, the Oregon State Penitentiary and the McNeil Island Penitentiary for burglary and theft. (He was eventually deported to South Africa after Canada refused to take him.)

Thomas Bearns, the father, a fuel dealer, died in 1956 in Tacoma. His oldest daughter also stayed in Tacoma. She married fisherman, Erik Johnson (later separated) and died in 1992.

It is not known how Mildred ended up in Portland, but she was only 17 and living at 321 5th St. (Ave?) in Portland. She married Graham P. Henson, a Bellman at the Alder Hotel and a waiter at the Arlington Club. They married in Vancouver, Washington 4-5 months before Oren was born. DNA evidence confirms that he was not Oren’s father. Mildred & Graham Henson moved to San Francisco. I have now discovered that they did have another child, Barbara Beverly Henson. I have been unable to find out more information on her. She might still be alive.

Mildred’s father’s obituary (1956) gave her last name as Rogers. Mildred K is listed in the 1954 San Francisco city directory with Gerald W Rogers. Graham Henson also remarried. His obituary lists 5 children. It is possible that the next oldest child was Mildred’s, too, but I have been unable to find any information on him.

Due to DNA cousin matches, I have clear DNA evidence that Oren’s biological father descends from the notorious Charles Napoleon Bonaparte Rand (also known as John T. Rand) a miner/teamster/dairyman, who killed his wife and baby and committed suicide in 1888 in Montana. (His family goes back to Maine; his wife’s to Rhode Island.

I now believe that my my earlier theory that Oren’s biological father was a Canadian trucker by the name of Carlton Lenard Lundy (1905-1995) is correct. (He was the son of Alice Rand, daughter of Napoleon B Rand). I believe the reason that  Pam is not a closer match to descendants of a couple of his sisters is that he had a different biological father.

I also now believe that Pam’s closest match (a Canadian from Victoria, B.C.) on this side is another descendant of Carlton Lundy, although his sister’s family apparently denied that he had any children or was ever even married. (They apparently once chased a man who claimed to be his son off the family farm!) I found documentation that proved that Carlton was married (and divorced) at least twice. (As a trucker, he probably got around!) This match did not know much about her ancestry but this is what her mother told her:

"Yes there is some Rands and Lundys in our genealogy. Without looking the names seem familiar. The Lundy listed, the dates I am unsure of. It was a Lundy I believe who made the newspaper as big news as he killed his pregnant wife. When he shot her in the back the bullet went through her killing her unborn child. I understand that he took his own life but I believe it was in the 1800's ... Will have to pull out what I have to verify. Nothing on any of the genealogy I have seen has included myself or any of my children.
Dad has told me of a relative in the states who was doing genealogy but he was an elderly retired dentist? who has now passed. I was asking dad to meet them, but no such luck.
Getting back to your original question I know there are Rands and Lundys but I am unsure if we are connected.”

This match has several shared DNA matches with Pam and Brad that are not shared with other Rand relatives. These matches mostly appear to descend from a Newman Fitts Cole (1773-1847) & Tryphena Little (1779-1838) from Connecticut & New York. I noticed that some of these Cole descendants lived in Umatilla, Oregon; the same place where Alice Rand Touraille and Charles Lundy were married.

The east Oregonian., January 08, 1904, WEEKLY EDITION, Image 5

Alice Rand had a hard life up to this point. After her mother and baby brother were killed and her father committed suicide in 1888, it appears her older half brother was also abusive. In 1899, Alice married a man by the name of Alexander Touraille. In 1902, she divorced him after suffering abuse from him. Although she petitioned the court to award her custody of her son, the nuns at St. Joseph’s Orphan’s Home in Helena, Montana kept custody of the boy. She married a Canadian, Charles Lundy, in January 1903 in Umatilla, Oregon. If what I believe is true, she had an encounter with another man not long after she was married. Carlton was born Feb 8, 1904 in Helena, Montana. Hopefully her life got better for a few years before her death in 1913, at age 34. After her death, Charles Lundy moved his family, Carlton and 3 girls to Manitoba, where they were living in 1921.

All these half-relationships make puzzling out DNA connections difficult. If I am correct, Pam’s closest match on this side would be a “Half 1st cousin 1x removed,” a 50% probability. The match to a descendant of Carlton’s sister would be a “Half 2nd cousin.” 39% probability (up from only a 9% probability for a full 2nd cousin.)

My husband’s uncle Brad, consented to doing a y-DNA test for me. I got the results in January 2021. In order to narrow the search to a particular sibling, I had been hoping to get a surname match with a Rand, Lundy or Smalley (the husband of Alice’s sister Nellie), but the only matches he got were very distant. the closest ones at the highest level were a Norwegian father and son. This match likely goes back 12-20 generations, long before the adoption of surnames. 🙁