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Mail Order Bride: "Old Lady Mollie"
Posted by: A Short Story Date: September 13, 2000 at 19:59:01
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A Short Story
After my great grandmother, Era Knight Wall, died in 1906 in Baylor County, her husband remarried a Mail Order Bride. According to the family story, Melvin Wall married "Old Lady Mollie" soon after the death of his first wife. We do not have any info on where the marriage took place but I am assuming it was in Baylor County. The family only knew the new wife as "Old Lady Mollie." It was not a very flattering way to refer to a stepmother but apparently she was not prepared to raise any children. As the family story unfolds, Melvin did not let her know there were still children at home (Count: 10! ). She was supposed to have been a nurse but was blamed for the death of the oldest child, Harim Monroe Wall, who died in 1915. We do not know what happened to her but do know that the children left home as soon as they could, some on the run. However, as family stories go, some of this may have been embellished!

I am interested in any info about "Old Lady Mollie", Melvin Wall and Era Knight from Baylor County. I haven't checked any census info from the 1900's yet. If anyone has access to a census for Baylor County, 1900-1920, I would be interested in this family info.

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