Kinship

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Back in 2001 when I was legally labeled as Treva Throneberry, I honestly had no idea who she was or who her family was. (For more information read my blog post Brianna Kenzie Living Out Loud). The only pictures that I was shown of her were black and white ones from her high school yearbooks. The media mostly put my picture from 1998 on their articles. The above picture of me from 1997 was taken sometime early Spring of 1997. I was a young teen in 1997, I hadn’t even started high school yet. The photo of Treva Throneberry was from 1991 when she was 22. I wanted to post the one from 1997 because it shows me at a happy time in my life. The one of Treva from 1991 is one of two pictures that I have of her from when she was an adult. A few months after her dad died in October of 2018, one of Treva’s sisters sent me some of Treva’s family photos. The two of her taken as an adult were mixed into the bundle of photos. It took almost 19 years for me to find any photos of Treva as an adult!

I’m still not sure how Treva and I are exactly related but I do know that we are family thanks to the DNA Test that was done in 2001. As I explained in my previous blog (Brianna Kenzie Living Out Loud) one of the Throneberry males in Treva’s family is my biological father. One of them must have known my mother. I’ve no way of knowing. I know that it’s said that Treva accused her dad of rape and then later recanted her story. I want to say that after talking to Carl Throneberry a couple of times before he passed away and in talking to a couple of Treva’s siblings, I do not believe that Carl Throneberry raped Treva. Treva’s siblings all stand by their father and I believe them. The last time I spoke with Carl was a couple of years before he passed away. He had dementia and I believe that is why he thought I was Treva. He kept wanting to know when I was going to let him see his ‘grandbaby’. I had mailed him some photos of me and I believe that he thought I was the ‘grandbaby’ when he looked at the photos that I sent him but on the phone he thought I was Treva. And just to say out loud here, I have never had the opportunity to give birth to a baby.

I wanted to honor the memory of Treva Throneberry by writing this blog. There is no physical proof of her being alive after the 1991 photo and it saddens me that no one is looking for her. I can understand how the mix up happened in 2001 when photos of her as a teenager were compared to me. What people didn’t take into account was that she would have been 32 years old in 2001 and she would have looked older than those photos of her from when she was a teenager in the 1980’s. I was still a teenager in 2001 so comparing photos of a teenager in 2001 to a teenager from the 1980’s was a bit extreme to say the least. It is not uncommon for close family members to resemble each other at certain ages.

The photo arrangement of Treva is one that I compiled and put in a collage. I don’t know who the guy is in the photo with Treva in 1991. His image is blurred for his privacy. As you can see, Treva aged and matured like any other teenager and by the time she was 22 she appeared to be an adult not a teenager.

The photo collage of myself is one that I’ve included to show some of how I’ve changed from 1997 to 2019. I’ve used photos that were not publicized in the media articles in 2001 and I put another recent photo of myself in the middle of the collage.

Treva Throneberry was not the villain the media made her out to be. There is no record of her filing false police reports other than the one she filed against her father (the one she recanted). The alleged aliases associated with her name are–alleged. The Texas alleged alias, Emily Kara Williams had brown hair, brown eyes and was 5 ft 5 in tall in 1994/1995. The Pennsylvania alleged alias,Stephanie Danielle Lewis had brown hair, blue eyes and was 5 ft 6 in tall in September of 1996. Emily and Stephanie were alleged to be the same person by one of Treva’s foster parents from 1986 who said that both of them were Treva. Another alleged alias from Oregon from the early 1990’s was Keli Traci Smitt , an adult , born in 1974. There were multiple police reports made by police officers who said that Keli was 5 ft 2 in, some said 5 ft 3 in, some said 5 ft 4 in tall. I’d like for you to recall my previous blog—Treva was 5 ft 7 in tall in 1987. NONE of these alleged aliases were Treva. (By the way, they were not me either).

2001 was a very difficult year for me and it has taken me years to be able to process it all and come to peace with it. I can’t change what happened in 2001 but I can and have put it behind me. For a long time I felt that all of this was a shadow looming over me and the trauma of it all almost cost me my life. I walked through some dark years where I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep going. I am thankful to God that He has helped me heal emotionally and to move forward from that point. I am strong now because of His love for me. I can truly say that it is nice to know about Treva, her family and the kinship that I share with them.

(All content including photos of me and of Treva are mine and are not to be publicized outside of this blog. All content belongs to me as the Author).

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