I can't even imagine what it must have been like for my grand aunt to have to even be faced with such a decision. She had 2 full sisters, and 14 half-siblings, and her birth mother had died when she was a baby. For some reason, possibly because my great grandfather had so many children and was unable to care for an infant, Aunt Georgiana was living with her maternal great uncle, (her mother's uncle) during her early years instead of at home with her father. By 1910, she finally lived with her father, but he had remarried to her mother's cousin, and there were new younger siblings living in the household too. Perhaps she didn't get along with the new family and maybe she felt like an outsider, I don't know. The family was extremely light skinned, my great grandfather was half white and 3 of his 4 wives were part of the free colored community in Halifax and Warren Counties in North Carolina who were also very light, so it's possible that she was frustrated at being considered "black" because everyone in the area knew who they were. I don't know for sure how they may have been treated by their neighbors,but great grandpa was a fairly well-to-do man who owned lots of land and was well-known in the area and everything I've heard of him seems to indicate that he was well repected and well liked and that he was very generous to the community.
So, with all of this in mind, it is hard for me, also, to see why she would make the decision to break all known ties with her family. It would be so nice if my other grand aunt who kept in touch with Georgina were still alive, maybe she could have given us some insight into her sister's reasoning. For now, one can only speculate on that.