Mother, Dorris Christina Lemmon Chitty always thought that she was biologically related to her Aunt Dora; however, Dora Purnell was only left to the Haley family as a result of the death of her step-mother, Joanna Frances “Josie” Lane Purnell Haley. Dora was left with JoAnna as a result of the death of her father, JoAnna "Josie" was his second wife.
Theodora Nell "Dora" Purnell (Parnell), was the daughter of Thomas Fassitt Purnell & his first wife, Caroline Ariadnel Waller Purnell. After the death of his first wife, Thomas age 72, married Joanna Frances "Josie" Lane age 21 and had a son, Horace B Purnell prior to Thomas’ death in 1894. After which, Joanna Lane “Josie” Purnell married a two times widower, Asa Alvedas Haley. Dora Nell Purnell remained with her step-mother, JoAnna "Josie" in the Haley household as the half sister of Horace B Purnell until she was grown and left home.
Joanna Lane “Josie”Purnell Haley died in childbirth abt 1913. Dora Nell Purnell in 1913 is not biologically related to anyone in the household except her half-sibling, Horace B Purnell (later changed to Parnell) neither are they related to the head of the household, Asa Alvedas Haley.
Emma Leah Chitty Walton
07 Oct 2009