Cemetery records list Charlotte as Charlotte Josphene Draeger, however, her gravestone has a nameplate attached to it saying Charlotte Irene Beatty.
(Cause of death: Drowning)
The cemetery records are wrong. Her name was Charlotte Irene Beatty, foster child of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Draeger. She was an Orphan Train Rider and was born in St. Lawrence County, NY, on 10 Nov 1910 (later records would have her born in August which is wrong - I have her birth records). She was
placed with the Draegers by the NY Children's Aid Society in August 1917.
She died on or about 23 May 1926 of either suicide or murder. I believe murder. I have all her records. I am her niece. My family found her gravestone many years later and placed her name and the Orphan Train Rider Medalion on her stone.
Charlotte Irene Beatty was the biological daughter of James Henry Wellesley Beatty and Lotta Mae Redmond Beatty; she was the full sister of Edward Guy Beatty and Henry Beatty; she was the 1/2 sister of Catherine Beatty, Mary Ellen Beatty, Jennie Beatty, James Henry and Lottie Pearl Henry.
This information supplied by Sheila Beatty
∼Charlotte was an Orphan Train Rider and was "placed out" by the NY Children's Aid Society in 1917. She was the biological daughter of James Henry Wellesely Beatty and Lotta May Redmond Beatty. She was the full sister of Edward Guy Beatty and James Henry Beatty Jr. She was the 1/2 sister of Catherine Beatty, Mary Ellen Beatty, Jennie Beatty, Lottie Pearl Henry and James Henry. She was placed in the United Helpers Home in Ogdensburg, NY, when she was 1 1/2 years old along with her brother Edward. She was adopted by George & Nettie Graves of Potsdam, NY in 1914. The adoption was "annulled" at the request of the United Helpers home in December 1916 so that she could be reunited with her brother Edward. In January of 1917 both she and Edward were collected by the NYCAS and taken to NYC. There they were separated and Edward was sent to Arkansas and Charlotte to Iowa on the Orphan Trains. Charlotte was placed first with the Jewitt & Winnie Clay family, then with the Fred & Bertha Lewis family and finally with the Albert & Augusta Draeger family where she lived the next 8 years of her life before her death of either suicide or murder.∼Found in river drowned. She was a schoolgirl about age 16. I believe "Draeger" was her stepfather's name.
Interred on 05/23/1926
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