CLAIMS NAPOLEON AS HER KINSMAN

CLAIMS NAPOLEON AS HER KINSMAN

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The Kansas City Journal of Monday contained the following story of Mrs. Emma Van Bibber of this city, who is at the Helping Hand Institute in Kansas City homeless and friendless, and who says she is looking for relatives in that city:

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EMMA JANE VAN BIBBER

    Emma Jane Van Bibber, 72 years old, once a wealthy woman, who claims to be the daughter of a cousin of Napoleon Bonaparte, Sunday was a guest of the Helping Hand Institute, a recipient of the favors accorded the destitute and friendless by that charity organization, after a night spent on a cot in the depot waiting room. She came to Kansas City from Chillicothe, Mo. Mrs. Van Bibber says that thirty-two years ago she gained national fame as the first woman to defend and win her own case in a Missouri court.
    Explaining her relationship with the great French general, Mrs. Van Bibber said that Napoleon's mother was her great-grandfathers' sister.
    "My grandfather was Dr. William Barbee, said to have been one of the foremost physicians of France during his time. Napoleon and my grandfather were intimate friends."
    Mrs. Van Bibber was born in Claiborne county, in Eastern Tennessee, of French parentage, her father and mother having come to this country from France a few years before her birth. At the age of 16 years she came to Kansas City, and later moved with her parents to Ray county, Mo., where she met and married William H. Herron in 1853. Herron died in 1864, at the close of the civil war, from the effects of a gunshot wound received in the battle of Cold Harbor. He was a Union soldier.
    Two years later Van Bibber appeared on the scene, and within a year Mrs. Herron had become his wife. Van Bibber died in 1870.
    The woman appled to Mrs. Ollie Everingham, matron of the Union depot, for assistance in finding her nephew, Sam Shoemaker, who she declared lived "across the Kaw."
    Source: Emma Jane Van Bibber, 72 years old, once a wealthy woman, who claims to be the daughter of a cousin of Napoleon Bonaparte, Sunday was a guest of the Helping Hand Institute, a recipient of the favors accorded the destitute and friendless by that charity organization, after a night spent on a cot in the depot waiting room. She came to Kansas City from Chillicothe, Mo. Mrs. Van Bibber says that thirty-two years ago she gained national fame as the first woman to defend and win her own case in a Missouri court.
    Explaining her relationship with the great French general, Mrs. Van Bibber said that Napoleon's mother was her great-grandfathers' sister.
    "My grandfather was Dr. William Barbee, said to have been one of the foremost physicians of France during his time. Napoleon and my grandfather were intimate friends."
    Mrs. Van Bibber was born in Claiborne county, in Eastern Tennessee, of French parentage, her father and mother having come to this country from France a few years before her birth. At the age of 16 years she came to Kansas City, and later moved with her parents to Ray county, Mo., where she met and married William H. Herron in 1853. Herron died in 1864, at the close of the civil war, from the effects of a gunshot wound received in the battle of Cold Harbor. He was a Union soldier.
    Two years later Van Bibber appeared on the scene, and within a year Mrs. Herron had become his wife. Van Bibber died in 1870.
    The woman appled to Mrs. Ollie Everingham, matron of the Union depot, for assistance in finding her nephew, Sam Shoemaker, who she declared lived "across the Kaw."
    Source: The Chillicothe Constitution -- Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri -- April 20, 1909 -- Tuesday -- Page #1.

    -- Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri -- April 20, 1909 -- Tuesday -- Page #1.

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