Eugene Gilliland Dougherty, standing second from left, is flanked by his newly-found
brothers and sisters from Newport. Seated in Lacy, Jr. Gilliland. Standing from left are
Nancy Ann Gilliland Driskill, Eugene Gilliland Dougherty, Isaac Eugene Gilliland, and
Frances Ailene Gilliland Webb.
|Published: 6:13 AM, 12/24/2012
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-A Newport family has a very special Christmas
present this year. They recently found a long-lost brother.
Newport resident Frances Webb had been searching for an
older half-brother separated from the family decades ago.
"A few weeks ago I was doing some research on our
family genealogy," said Webb, "and came across Eugene's birth
certificate. Now I had actual proof of not only his existence, but the exact
date and place of his birth."
Eugene was born in 1949 in Gaston County, North Carolina,
the child of an earlier marriage by the Gilliland family's father, Lacy
"As children growing up, our mother, Nancy
Gilliland, had told us we had a brother living in North Carolina, but we just
didn't know where. Daddy confirmed this story through our brother, Lacy, Jr.,
who was then a small boy.
"Lacy, Jr. remembered Daddy taking him to the
railroad tracks one day to watch a train pass by and remembered Daddy telling
him, 'You have a brother and some day we're going to get on that train and I'm
going to take you to see him."
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