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Glens Falls family learns of and meets brother born 42 years ago

July 01, 2019 07:22 PM

ALBANY - They're sharing a bench, having recently learned they share a father.

Peter Taylor, and his sisters, Susan Pate, and Anni Stewart, had grown up thinking they were it, the three children fathered by Alexander "Sandy" Taylor of Glens Falls.

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Taylor was a college professor in Connecticut, a poet and publisher, and a well-known social activist.

However, it turns out Taylor was the father of four children.

"It's been very cool. Very cool to find all this stuff out," said Forrest Lang, Sandy Taylor's fourth and youngest child.

Lang, who'd suffered terribly as a child - bouncing from foster homes and being physically and emotionally abused before ending up on the street as a 13-year-old, never knew his real dad and never really wanted to. However, his 13-year-old daughter, Gracie, did.
"Gracie just wanted to know what the other half of the family was, so we did a DNA test."

They entered the information in Ancestry.com and heard from a second cousin. The cousin told Lang his real father was Taylor, who had passed, but had three living children and all were still connected to Glens Falls.

Their first conversations were through social media. All of them were a little cautious.

"I was a little concerned because I didn't want to cause harm to a family if I was an unknown entity," Lang said just a few minutes after meeting his siblings for the first time.

As each heard about all the terrible things Forrest had endured in his life, they only hoped it had been different.

"I wish we'd known earlier," said Susan. "And I wish my father had known. Our father, because he never knew that he had a son out there because he would have done something."

Peter added, "If he knew he had a child, he would have walked through fire to come get you."

Lang served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and runs a tattoo parlor in San Diego, but his passion is writing and he's always wanted to pen a novel about his life, only now learning that writing is in his blood.

"I had a big argument within myself that I was too stupid to write a book and who would care what I had to say," he said. "I've spent a long time healing from massive amounts of emotional and physical trauma. And to find out that my father was a writer, I laughed when I found that out."

Lang's sister, Anni Stewart, was looking forward to getting to know her brother during a few days exploring the Glens Falls-area.

Stewart said she was eager to welcome Lang, recalling that during one of their first phone conservations he told her he felt like he never had family. "How he felt all alone in the world except for Kristen (Lang's fiancé) and Gracie, but now all of a sudden now he has this large extended family that never knew about."

Gracie, who was responsible for the union 42 years in the making, wiped away tears as a reporter asked her how she felt seeing her dad united with his siblings.

"Joy. I'm really happy that I get to meet new family," she said. "I feel like my dad is such a special person and he really deserves to feel like he has a family. Like a real family."

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Mark Mulholland

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