THE GARRETT SNUFF FORTUNE Ancestor John Garrett, It, (1737-1806), founder of the Garrett snuff fortune, was the father of Levi Garrett (1769-1833), who was the father of William Evans Garrett (1798-1885) who was the father of WaLt er Garrett (1831-1895). When Walter Garrett died in 1895, his estate of some $6,000,000 was witted to his wife, Henrietta (Schaefer) Garrett, PhiladeLphia-born daughter of German immigrant parents. In his WiLL was incorporated the f o l lowing: And not having been blessed with any children, I desire at my death she (Henrietta) shall make a will disposing of all her property so that she may know to whom it will descend. In addition to this he also left his wife a letter, dated 10 April 1890, which reads, in part,_ as follows: - * * it is my desire and I trust that you will oblige me by making your will at once. Don't put it off, but leave your fortune to charitable institutions, mentioned by name, as I would not like it if what I have worked long and hard to accumulate should be squandered by your and my "sisters, cousins, and aunts and uncles." Leave all you want of it to John C. Schaefer, but do not Let any sca'lLywags get any if you can keep it by making a wiLt, and oblige your loving husband, Walter Garrett. Henrietta Garrett died in 1930 without a WitL! With some 25,000 heirs, both Garretts and Schaefers, claiming a share of the fortune which had grown to about $17,000,000, the case Landed in the courts; it provided a Lucrative income for a small army of attorneys for some twenty years. At one time, Henrietta's body was exhumed and the coffin searched in an effort to find the missing Will. The court decision finally went in favor of 3 Schaefer heirs - alt cousins of Henrietta, none of whom she had ever seen. Since one of the heirs resided in Nazi Germany with which the United States was technically at war, the United States Government confiscated that share as spoils of war; each of the other two heirs received between two and three mi llion dollars. According to the newspaperst Charles Hall Garrett received a compromise settlement of $225,000 - this was the only money collected by a Garrett descendant! (Virtually all of the above was taken from The Garrett Snuff Fortune (1965) by C. A. Weslagert The Knebels Press i tWimington, Delaware.
I would of loved to of met that Walter Garrett, loved the way he said she could leave all she wanted to her brother John, but don't let the scallywags get any of it. LOLA smart man he was to know kin/non-kin would be coming out of the woodwork.