Re: Brennecke and Russell families, 1880-1900
Thanks for your response. Sorry to be so late in answering you.
I am reasonably sure that the Hay girl indexed as Ardie is really Cordie. I looked at the 1900 census image for Carl Brennecke and the bad handwriting could be interpreted as either Ardie or Cordie Hay.
Another reason I believe that Ardie is really Cordie, my mother's sister, is that I have found a Brennecke family website which shows the maiden name of Fred Brennecke's wife as Marcella Bell Russell. Unfortunately, it does not include other relatives for her.
My mother remembered four sisters in Arkansas: Nettie, Cordelia (Cordie), Bertha, and Ruth (Lilly R.). The 1900 census on June 1 in Lawrence county shows Nettie, Cordia, Bertha, and my mother Clarie E. Hay, age 5, living as "boarders" in the home of Mary Gray. On June 4 in Clay County, Cordie and Lillie R. Hay are living as "nieces" with Alfred and Lilly West.On June 25 in Clay county, Cordie (Ardie?) Hay is shown as a "niece" with Fred and Marcella Brennecke.Apparently the orphaned girls were moved around and Cordie managed to be counted three times in the 1900 census!
The boarders with Mary Gray also include a Francis Hay (female). My mother never mentioned anyone named Francis. Her birth date is too close to Nettie to be from the same mother, and Francis was born in Indiana while the other Hay girls were all born in Arkansas. I have no idea who Francis was.
My mother also believed that her father had a previous wife and an older son from the previous marriage who did not live with them.I may have found him as Harrie Hay, age 22 in 1900 in Powhatan, Lawrence County, living with ten other unrelated young men and a note in the margin that seems to be "county jail."I am excited.This may be the first relative I have found in jail!!!
Thanks again, and please feel free to email me directly with anything you find.