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Amanda Barrette

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.


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  1. Census Image Archive org United States. Bureau of the Census. 15th census, population, 1930. [microform] (2002) Reel 483. Cook, Chicago City EDs 16-1537 to 16-1538, 16-2829, 16-1539, 16-2830, 16-1540, 16-2831, 16-1541, 16-2832, 16-1542, 16-2833, 16-1543, 16-2834, 16-1544, 16-2835, 16-1545 to 16-1546, 16-2836, 16-1547 to 16-1555, 16-2837, 16-1556 to 16-1559, 16-2838, 16-1560 to 16-1569, 16-2839, 16-1570, 16-2840 to 16-2841, 16-1571 to 16-1572, 16-2842 [Washington, D.C. : National Archives and Records Administration]
State Illinois, Incorporated place Chicago. — Enumeration District No. 16-2831 Sheet no. 12 A
County Cook, Ward of city 42; Block No. 182. — Supervisour's District No.: 5 Stamped No. 52
Township or other division of county Part of Precinct 17. Unincorporated place __ . Institution __. Enumerated by me on April 18, 1930, Julia F. Smith Enumerator
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*907{68}68Barrette AmandaHeadR12 noFW60Wd noyesMissouriAlabamaTennessee   yesnone       
    Ward HarryStepson   "MW44M43noyesIllinoisTexasTexas   yesMachine OperatorRadioWno60yesWW 
    — MargaretDaughter   "FW39M17noyesIllinoisMissouriMissouri   yesManglerLaundryWyes    
    Shaw FrancesGranddaughter   "FW18S noyesIllinoisIllinoisIllinois   yesBindery girlPrnting CompanyWyes    
    Vail JamesSon   "MW29M24noyesIllinoisMissouriMissouri   yesBox MakerFactoryWno22   
    — Chad *Grandson   "MW4S nonoIllinoisIllinoisIllinous   yesnone       
  1. Sedgwick Street. Ward 42 was on the lake shore and immediate north of the Chicago river and South of Division Street. 907 Sedgwick apparently was a large multi-family building or perhaps several structures. The enumerator's count of dwellings and families goes wrong just here. She left off the count of families on the previous page, substituted the dwelling number for the family number, and began incrementing the dwelling number for each family, losing the previous family count. There are about 8 families at this address, some of them with 7 or 8 persons.
  2. Some transcriptions read "Clad." This is justified to a certain extent, but "Chad" is much more likely.

Mangler: operates a machine that extracts water (Mangler), that is: a mechanized wringer.

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