My great grandmother was Delia Garrett, born in Sedalia in
Oct 1865. Her mother's name was Nettie, and she was said
have kept house for a farmer in 1864/65. She was 14/15 at
the time. The farmers name, we're told was GARRETT, whose
name Delia wears, as did Nettie, as Nettie became pregnant
while working at the farm, though the farmer was married.
Nettie was 15 when Delia was born.
We wondered what Nettie's real name was. One of the names
offered was Brunnetta Brown. Nettie was born in MO in 1850,
no county mentioned. Her father was from KY, as was the
GARRETT man. They both were supposed to part Indian, I
Her mother was born in Germany.
Makes me think of different situations.
1 Supposedly the farmers wife was very sick,
and that's why she worked for them.
2 Though we hate to admit it, we all know stories of
incest or child abuse going on in a family.
3 The war had just ended, the garrison had just a
skeleton crew. I wondered how many of those soldiers
went into town to celebrate and had a few too many.
What would they do if they came by a young girl?
I have checked DAWES and all 3 names I had were
registered, but not enough info to say how much, where
or when, or anything about the parents.
Because of the SCANDAL of Delia's illegitamate state,
the very ENGLISH attitude of the family Delia married
into, (she arried George Wright of Cinci) very little
was passed on to the descendants,
except for Delia's oldest daughter, Grace, who seemed
amused by all the families embarrassment at her
grandmother Nettie, and did tell her daughter Clare
when she was young how silly the family re-acted to
situation the young Nettie couldn't control. Grace,
who had married George Haney by this time was more
down to earth, and not ashamed of her mother or
Grandmother, but looked at it as just a life-happening.
Her grandmother had lived with Grace and her 2 sisters
for most of her life, especially after their father
disappeared. Grace was about 20, when Nettie, died,
her sister Stella about 18/29, and Hazel, the youngest,
about 6 or 7. All old enough to remember Nettie.
Unfortunately Grace died very young, when Clare was just 9 years old. Then there was the orphanage, and other events that happened in Clares young life, so it's lucky she remembered anything about the old stories her mother, Grace used to tell her. But she did.
I was shocked when I received the copy of Delia's
death cert about 10 years ago. Stella Wright had put
Delia's parents down as UNKNOWN! You can't imagine how
angry that made me to think a grand-daughter that totally
ignored the exsistance of a grand-mother that not only
helped raise her, but probably help support her too.
Nettie and Delia are in Cinci's 1880 census under Garrett.
And also in the 1900 census too.
Now I'm on a mission to find BOTH of Nettie & Delia's
parents, no matter how the conception was done.
We know the fathers name is GARRETT, just not what
Nettie's maiden name was, or was IT Garrett too. Names
that have also been talked about, Garrett, William &
If anyone can figure out this puzzle, you will have done
more that I could in the last 30 years.
Thanks for reading this story.