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 Henrietta E <I>Schaefer</I> Garrett

Henrietta E Schaefer Garrett

Death 18 Nov 1930 (aged 80)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section X Lot 320
Memorial ID 85002245 · View Source
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Henrietta was from a working-class family, but met and married a multimillionaire Walter Garrett who was in the snuff business, he died in 1895. His will requested that she (Henrietta), make a will so that her fortune would go to charitable institutions. He did not want the fortune to be "squandered by sisters, cousins, and aunts and uncles."
However, Henrietta never set up the will, she died in 1930, the fate of the $20 million estate was contested. Twenty-six thousand people from every walk of life were trying to prove their connection with the Garrett Snuff families. Rumor was spread that a servant hid Henrietta's will with her body after being upset she was left nothing from the estate. Armed guards had to be placed at her grave because of grave robbers. Later on Henrietta's grave was exhumed and rumor proved false.

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  • Created by: Carrie & Susan
  • Added: 14 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85002245
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Henrietta E Schaefer Garrett (25 Nov 1849–18 Nov 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85002245, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Carrie & Susan (contributor 47055920) .