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illegitimate Harnish child, lived Mariah Rupp Snell
Posted by: Rachel LaBarbera (ID *****1955) Date: March 16, 2007 at 06:32:17
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I know this is one I may never know the answer to, but my great-grandmother was the illegitmate child of Mary Lizzie (or Lizy) Harnish, born 7-13-1875. I believe that Mary was sent to John and Mariah (Rupp) Snell's house to have the baby, and that they they raised the baby as their own, at least for the first five years. According to the 1880 census, they also had 27-yr old daughter Minerva living with them. From this forum, I believe they also had a daughter, Mary, born 1860.

John and his family were born in Virginia, Mariah and her family were born in Pennsylvania, and Minerva was born in Ohio. Gracie Rebecca, my great-grandmother, was born in Indiana, her mother is listed as born in Ohio, and her father is listed as born in Indiana. All this according to census records. Her mother went on to marry Stephen Lawrence and have several more children. All that we know of her father is that he did the same.

As an adult, Gracie took Snell as her last name, and gave up a scholarship to Europe to study to be a doctor "to take care of the people who took me in when I needed it."

Thanks to this forum, I now know that Mariah Snell was Gracie's great-aunt, but I would love to hear any other information, even handed down family lore. I'd also like to know who Gracie's father was, my great-great-grandfather's. I know it's a long shot, but at the age of 9, I know the children in Gracie's town knew she was a "bastard," because they were teasing her. I'm hoping someone recalls something, since this is not the thing likely to be recorded for posterity.


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