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Brimeyer, Alex

Brimeyer, born in the Congo (Zare) made a living in Europe from about 1966 by pretending to be the holder of a number of titles of nobility, including Prince Alexis d'Anjou Romanov-Dolgorou... [more]

Chosroes II

Chosroes was the son of King Hormizd IV, in whose overthrow and assassination in 590 he participated. After his father's death he escaped to the Byzantine Empire and was adopted by Emperor ... [more]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) practiced a form of ritual adoption from about 1842 to 1894. It is apparently first referred to in an article in The Latter-day... [more]

Laurent, Robert

Laurent was born and raised in Brittany until he was 12. One day he saw a visiting American painting and inspired to become an artist as well. Amazingly, the artist (Hamilton Easter Field) ... [more]

Lee, John Doyle

Doyle was born in the Illinois Territory, His mother died when he was three, and his father was an alcoholic. At seven he went to live with an uncle's family, and stayed with them until he ... [more]

Little Richard

Little Richard was born into a family of 12 children, the son of a bartender and Seventh-Day Adventist minister in Macon, Georgia. He left home at 13 because his family could not tolerate h... [more]

Mourning, Alonzo

Mourning's parents divorced when he was 11 and soon after that he put himself into care. He had a number of foster homes but eventually found a permanent family, where he stayed until he we... [more]

Thyssen-Bornemisza, Heinrich

Thyssen-Bornemisza was born a commoner but married into the Hungarian aristocracy. After his marriage he had himself adopted by his mother-in-law (which made him technically his wife's brot... [more]

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