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Family search by abandoned 'baby'

David Stevenson
David Stevenson says finding out who he is more vital since having children

A 48-year-old man who was abandoned as a baby in a block of London flats is trying to find the relatives he believes could be in mid Wales.

David Stevenson, from Watford, was four days old when he was found in the stairwell in Golders Green in 1960.

He and his partner Julie Howell now believe that he is descended from a man named Hamer from Rhayader, Powys.

Mr Stevenson, who was named by the Welsh policewoman who found him, says it would be "terrific" if he was Welsh.

The software company product director said the Pc, Tegwen Curl, now in her 70s, would be "delighted" if it turns out he shares the same background.

Daily Mail picture of David Stevenson when found as a baby
This is my background and also I have three sons of my own and they are very interested to know as well
David Stevenson, pictured as a baby in the Daily Mail

Ms Howell has carried out research and believes they are trying to find relatives of a Richard Hamer, who was born in 1899 and moved to Rhayader when he was two.

The couple travelled to mid Wales to appeal directly for anyone who could be related to get in touch with them.

Ms Howell explained that although there were a lot of Hamers living in the area, they knew exactly who they were looking for.

"So we're looking for anybody descended from the following men: David Hamer from 1799, David Hamer 1880, David Hamer 1845, William Hamer 1867, David Hamer 1869, and John Hamer 1875," she said.

She said there were three possible other Hamers from a different side of the family tree - Thomas Hamer 1797, Richard Hamer 1828, and Richard Hamer 1869.

Patron saint

"Really, any male - and it does need to be a male - who's got the Hamer name, who's got a history with Rhayader, please get in touch with us because we'll be able to work out if you're part of the family tree we're looking for."

Mr Stevenson made headlines in December 1960 when he was left wrapped in a blanket outside the Golders Green flat.

David Stevenson (front ) with his adopted family
He grew up with the Stevensons in north London

Ms Curl recalled how she found the baby and took him back to her police station, where the doctor who examined him suggested she provide a name.

"And as I'm Welsh I named the boy David after our patron saint, which happened to be my family name, father grandfather brother etc. So I thought, another addition to the family."

Mr Stevenson grew up happily in Hendon, London, with the family who adopted him.

He said it was only since having his own children that he became interested in finding out his real ancestry.

"This is my background and also I have three sons of my own and they are very interested to know as well," he said.

"One of the tools we have these days is DNA and you can establish whether you have common ancestry with somebody else very easily.

He said: "It's a very straightforward process and that would enable me to rule in or to rule out Richard Hamer once and for all."

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