Eddie Daugherty (18??-19??)
Ray, Edna, and Stella were known since childhood. 'Eddie Daugherty' is the shadowy 4th I learned of in '06.
Possible common ancestor between him or Stella and Ray or Edna, there's some 23andMe info to support that.
An image, the summary reasoning posted here once I've tracked him down.
The 1920 census shows an "Ed W Daugherty"
Actual name is 'William Edward Daugherty' (1879-1945), wife 'Sterling Stella Boyer' (1879-1961)
Daugherty is a very common name in the region so it's just a start since it's the right area, Morgan Co., IL. Or so I thought until 2022
when it became known that Eddie and Stella were supposed to be in Edwardsville
when their son Robert C. was born. As I said, very common name.
I had confabulated him being a light skinned black that decided to pass but being considered white from birth
and married but not to Stella Burns better fits available current evidence.
By 1920 he would have had 3 or 4 children by Stella (Burns)
and my father, (paternity uncertain) could still have been the 5th.
In any case the combination of archival and genetic info will ultimately reveal the truth.
For purposes here, "white" means that a DNA ancestry report has assigned 95% european ancestry.
Skin color is a big part of this story. My father and one of his brothers were fairly dark skinned but his other siblings and mother were not.
I once met the Burns in the East St. Louis area (1965) and they were quite dark, darker than my father or uncle, more like Jimmy and Erlene in pic.
That pic shows Stella and her sister were lighter skinned which I didn realize till seeing a clearer pic of her in '06.
As genetic ancestry resolution improves and becomes more pervasive, more data points should tell the story.
Current info indicates that I have 3 white grandparents more or less but the error could move it one direction or the other which would affect the sleuthing.
If surmise above correct and Stella was around ¼ european ancestry, then the figure for me should converge to significantly over ¾.
OTOH, LaVerne's having < ⅓ european ancestry would be closer to the << ⅔ for me I presumed before getting the result indicating he in fact had 48%.
However, 'Eddie Daugherty' being white per the above definition requires Stella to have been near zero % european.
Withal, at this point he appears to be a bigamist who passed for white from an early age, had a white family in addition to one with Stella Burns,
and/or considered himself white from birth but was closer to what I am which has been called 'caucasoid' and definitely does not fit the definition above.
Nothing other than the genetic facts about him are clear yet though and these remain sparse.