In a letter dated Jan 1860, the writer, living in Falmouth, VA, states "...poor Lissie has to go as a teacher in Dr. GARNETTE's family..."
Lissie would have been the daughter of Alexander and Virginia (KIGER) BELL.
Alexander BELL, born 1799, and Virginia KIGER, born 1815, Stafford Co., VA, were married in 1835, Falmouth, Stafford Co., VA.
In 1839 they were living in Culpeper Co., VA, in their home "Fleetwood."
By 1850 they are on the Eastern District, Spotsylvania Co., VA, census:
BEALE, Alexander, 51, farmer, $2,000 real estate, VA
", Virginia, 35, VA
“, Alex, 11, VA
“, Hester E., 9, VA
“, Robt H., 2, VA
Perhaps Lissie is a nickname for Elizabeth, and perhaps the E. after Hester stands for Elizabeth. I can find a Dr. Garnett and his family in Culpeper Co. in 1850 and then 1860, 1870, and 1880 in Missouri.
I can't find Hester E. 'Lissie' BELL after 1850. It seems feasible to me that she did indeed go with Dr. Garnette's family to MO b/c her younger sister ended up marrying someone from Kansas City, MO.
Does anyone familiar with this Dr. Garnett have any clues as to what happened to Hester 'Lissie' BELL?