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November 29, 2013

After 40-year search, 57-year-old man reunites with biological mother on Thanksgiving

Niagara Gazette — A mother and a son that were separated at birth were reunited Thursday morning after more than 57 years of separation — marking the first holiday the pair has ever spent together.

Jeffrey Moore, 57, of Meadville, Pa., had been searching for his biological mother, Judith Abercrombie, for more than 40 years when he finally found her through a Facebook group last month. Although the pair had spoken on the phone before Thursday, he met her for the first time on Thanksgiving morning.

“Today couldn’t have been more perfect. I wanted this for so long,” Moore, a reverend from Meadville, Pa., said. “Just seeing her and holding her, there was so much anticipation.”

When Moore found out he had been adopted at the age off 11, he became curious about the identities of his biological parents. He started searching, but didn’t have much information. Moore even hired a detective agency in the 1980s, but it, too, was unsuccessful.

“My (adoptive) mother didn’t want me to know the details about my biological parents. She was very protective of me, and she was afraid someone was going to recognize me and that she would lose me,” he said.

When his adoptive mother died in 1994, his father gave Moore his original birth documents, which provided him with a few more clues.

“I kept on doing research, and I thought I located her, but I was pursuing the wrong name,” Moore said. “At some point, I had to start concentrating on my career and my family, and I put it on hold.”

But then one day in October, Moore began perusing a Facebook group that soon led him to his father’s family, eight half siblings and, finally, his mother. Moore was too nervous to contact Abercrombie, so his son called instead.

“It was so emotional. We both were crying,” Abercrombie, who now lives in Syracuse, said at her daughter’s North Tonawanda home where the two met Thursday.

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