Posted By:Sarah Bunker
Subject:Re: Mazeppa T. Brewer Greene County NY
Post Date:February 23, 2011 at 23:41:18
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So, this will have to be a long message, as there are lots of details about Nettie.

She appears to be born as Nettie Edwards, in September 1856. I have no details yet on where or the exact date. According to my grandmother she was married three times: June (or Juno), Barris, and finally Brewer.

Nettie apparently was married first to someone by the name of June (or Juno as written up in the obituary for William R. Barris). They appear to have had one child that I can find, named Porter (28 May 1882 - May 1967).

Joseph S. Barris (1858 - 1897), according to family legend, performed in the circus until he was injured in a fall. He left the circus, went to Catskill, and married Nettie. He appears to have worked as a farm laborer. They had 5 children that I can find:
Lester (13 Jul 1888 - 20 Dec 1968): fought in WW1 in the Marines 5th Division
Mary Mae (14 Feb 1890 - 11 Jun 1988): my great-grandmother
Kate (May 1892 - ?)
William Russell Barris (26 Aug 1893 - 4 Nov 1946)
Charles (3 May 1896 - ?)

After Joseph's death, he was buried at New Jefferson Cemetery, in plot 265.

Mazeppa shows up on the 1900 US Census as living at 140 West Bridge St., working as a servant for the Stephen Rockerfeller family. He is listed as single. On the 1910 US Census, he is listed as married for 9 years to Nettie Brewer. They also happen to have lived on the same street (West Main St.) as my great-grandmother, her husband Arthur J. Harper, and their first child Louis D. Harper who was 3 weeks old at the time of the census.

I haven't found her exact date of death, but I know that she is buried at New Jefferson Cemetery in the same plot as Joseph S. Barris, her second husband, and her son William R Barris, his wife Minnie Davis Barris, and one of their children, Nancy Ann Barris who was stillborn.

Hope that helps!

That's all I have so far... it's a bit of a puzzle, and I'm still missing lots of people, but that appears to account for at least a couple of decades.