The following biographical information is provided by her great-grand-daughter, Katherine Hamilton Barydt Dickie as told by her daughter-in-law, Katherine Hamilton.
Jeannie was born on July 14, 1869 in Brooklyn, New York. She had a younger sister, Elizabeth. Her mother died when she was eighteen so Jeannie took care of her younger sister and tended the house until her father died in 1895. (Her parents were Daniel Whitehead Kissam and Mary Joanna Nostrand.) She married Father George Weed Barhydt on October 22, 1895. She was named Jeannie after her grandmother Jeannie Williamson; but when she grew up she shortened her name to Jean.
She spoke French well and had considerable knowledge of lit
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