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Amanda's maiden name is unknown. I have taken "Barrette" from a report by Robert Vail, and it does seem most likely to have been her name at the time of her death.
Amanda was born in Missouri in September of 1868. Her father was born in Alabama, and her mother was born in Tennessee.
She married a man named Ayers, perhaps around 1885. She bore him six children of which only the daughters Jessie, Maggie (Margaret), and Emmer were surviving by 1900. She and Ayers resided in Chicago during most of their marriage. Ayers died (or possibly they divorced) between 1891 and 1895.
She married Henry Vail in 1895. By Henry she had Edna Vail (born about 1896) and James Vail (born about 1902). Edna was gone by the 1910 census, so either she married at age 14 or younger or (more likely) she died. The Ayers daughters were also gone by 1910, but all were of a more plausible marriageable ages. It is know Margaret survived and married Shaw about 1907.
Henry died between 1902 and 1910, so by 1920, it is just Amanda and James.
She married Elijah Barrett before 1930. She would have been in her 50s when she married Barrett and does not appear to have born any children by him.
Barrette is gone by 1930, but Amanda spells her surname "Barrette." She has James and a grandson called possibly Clad Vail, but more likely Chad, with her. James is listed as married, not a widower, but there is no sign of his wife. Margaret Ayers has twice married and she, her husband Harry Ward, and daughter by her first marriage Frances Shaw also live with Barrette.
|Ward Harry||Stepson||"||M||W||44||M||43||no||yes||Illinois||Texas||Texas||yes||Machine Operator||Radio||W||no||60||yes||WW|
|Shaw Frances||Granddaughter||"||F||W||18||S||no||yes||Illinois||Illinois||Illinois||yes||Bindery girl||Prnting Company||W||yes|
|Vail James||Son||"||M||W||29||M||24||no||yes||Illinois||Missouri||Missouri||yes||Box Maker||Factory||W||no||22|
|— Chad *||Grandson||"||M||W||4||S||no||no||Illinois||Illinois||Illinous||yes||none|
Mangler: operates a machine that extracts water (Mangler), that is: a mechanized wringer.
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