Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter from the Ozarks

The recipient of this Easter greeting, Miss Mae Barnett, was born in Sisson Township, Howell County, Missouri in 1889. In 1900, her father James was a farmer and the family included the mother, Sally; two siblings, Arthur and Ethyl; and one servant, Clenna Henry.

By 1910, Mae's father James no longer owned his own farm but was instead listed on the census as a  farm laborer and employee. Mae was 18 years old, living at home, as was her 15 year old sister, and had no listed occupation.

In  1920,Mae's brother, James Arthur, had married a young woman from Siloam Springs, Howell County, named Bertha E. Priddy, and had a farm of his own not far from where his parents lived. Mae was still living at home with her parents, now just the three of them.

Mae was 39 years old in the 1930 census.  She was living with her aging parents and had no occupation. Her father was now a 60 year old tenant farmer.

Mae received numerous postcards from friends all over the Ozarks and even one from Fargo, Oklahoma. She was courted for few years by a young man named Joe Russell (or Bussell), who once sent her a Valentine postcard, but apparently she never married him or anyone else.  The postcards written to her give few hints about what her life was like living on a farm with only her parents. What the postcards do reveal is that Mae was well-liked and had many friends. Not a bad  way to be remembered, is it?


  1. Not a bad way at all. What strikes me in your description is two teenage daughters living at home, Mae and Ethyl, with their parents. I'm imagining what that would be like today. I don't know whether I'm glad or sorry that Mae never married -- maybe life with Joe Russell would have been problematic. I'm glad to hear she had many friends. Beautiful Easter postcard.

  2. It is hard to imagine living with you parents your entire life, either then or now. Maybe her mother needed someone to help take care of her. If only we could travel back in time to meet her and ask her about her life! Thanks for your comments, Mariann.

  3. Hi, Neighbor!

    Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

  4. Thank you Dr. Bill! I've read many of your articles and found them interesting and informative.

  5. Connie, what a lovely postcard and remembrance of Mae Barnett. I am wondering how common that scenario might have been in that time period--a woman remaining single her entire life, and living with her parents. While not from that time period, that's exactly what my own mom's sister did--and she has tons of friends, too. As I research my own family lines, I find there were several others with this same story.

    I found your blog today, thanks to a mention in GeneaBloggers. Best wishes as you continue posting here!

  6. Jacqi, it doesn't seem to be all that uncommon,which is not what I had expected. I'm very curious about what life was like for someone like Mae, during her time period.
    Thanks for following, Jacqi!

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