Wells Family - Person Sheet
Wells Family - Person Sheet
NameEmma Reipe
Birth12 Dec 1869, Buffalo, Erie Co, NY
Census4 Jun 1880, Buffalo, Erie Co, NY
Census7 Jun 1900, Buffalo, Erie Co, NY
Census24 Apr 1910, San Francisco, CA
Census7 Jan 1920, Reno, Washoe Co, NV
Census17 Apr 1930, Reno, Washoe Co, NV
Death4 Nov 1947, Los Angeles Co, CA
Misc. Notes
Her parents were Heinrich Reipe (b. 1829 from Prussia/Germany) and Helene McTague (b. 1849 from England with Irish parents).
She is listed with them in Buffalo, NY at age 10 in 1880.
The family story is that James Brennan had a relationship with Emma and is the father of Ellen, even though William raised her as his own. Also, she was listed as Emma Brennan on her marriage record to William.
In 1900 she is listed as married nine years (sic), with her husband Wm Schorr and daughter Ellen, working in a candy store. Also living with them is her younger sister, Helene E. Reipe (b May 1877).
It is suspected that they may have fudged the marriage date for William and Emma, which is supported by the following story: 
William had a club foot, and families worried about that trait being passed along.  When Dorothy was pregnant with Sandy, Emma very shyly and painfully told Dorothy that she shouldn't worry that the baby would have a club foot because William was not Al's real grandfather.  Sandy remembers this story from her own mother very clearly.  She said the reason Emma was so pained at telling the story was because people didn't like to talk about divorce.  They wondered whether Emma and James Brennan might not have been actually married, but Sandy says Emma was so proper and sweet she can't imagine her having a child out of wedlock. Also, the 1930 census states that she was first married at age 20.
By 1910 the 3 of them had moved to San Francisco.
In 1920 she and her husband are living in Reno, and her daughter and grandson are living with them.
They were still in Reno in 1930, on 4th St, with just Alfred living with them and using the Schorr surname.
Died of (untreated) breast cancer
Marriage1890, New York
ChildrenEllen Myrtle (1892-1957)
Birth25 Feb 1870, Buffalo, Erie Co, NY
Death1 Jul 1941, Reno, Washoe Co, NV
BurialEast Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento Co, CA
OccupationSheet Metal worker
Marriage20 Oct 1895, Manhattan, New York City, NY
ChildrenEllen Myrtle (Adopted) (1892-1957)
 Alfred Marshall (Adopted) (1913-1990)
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