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Volume 1, Issue 1

The Mattie Belle Chronicles

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Vol 1, Issue 1: News & Updates

1870 US Census for Portland, New York

The US Census in 1870 shows Solon Barnes West as a 23 year-old farm laborer, with his 20 year-old wife Addie (Mary Adelaide Van Arnam West) and their daughter Carrie as a 1 year-old. Tragically, Carrie would die of infant cholera within the month.


1875 Dunkirk New York Census

The 1875 New York State census for Dunkirk, New York now shows Solon Barnes West as a 28 year-old police officer with his 24 year-old wife Addie, and their 4 year-old daughter Mattie.


1850 US Census for Joshua West

The 1850 US Census for New York shows Joshua West, Solon's father, and his family. Joshua was a millwright after marrying Fatima Barnes and purchasing the mill of her father, Calvin Barnes.


1863 Civil War Draft List

This 1863 Civil War draft list shows Mark Van Arnam, Mattie Belle's father, as a 38 year-old farmer.

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