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Re: Jack Gee, Jr.
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Not much. Found this is sparknotes.com:
"Jack Gee, Jr. - Smith's adopted son, who was born to one of her chorus girls. He was mostly raised by Bessie's eldest sister, Viola."
"Viola Smith - Bessie Smith's eldest sister. Viola raised her five younger siblings when William and Laura Smith died. When Smith became a star, she bought Viola a home in Philadelphia, where Viola babysat Jack Gee, Jr."
"In an act of revenge, Jack Gee kidnapped Jack Gee, Jr. from Bessie's Philadelphia home and brought the boy to the offices of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC). There Gee filed false neglect and endangerment charges against Smith. The courts remanded Jack, Jr. to Viola's care, rather than to Smith's. A short while later, Jack Jr. went to live with his biological father, who kept him in the basement and often forgot to feed him. The SPCC then sent the boy to a home in Valhalla, New York. Smith, who had no idea where her adopted son was, grew despondent."
Sounds like both he and Bessie had some very sad years.
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