Alta Rich was born in Chelsea, MA, on 7 January, 1882, to Nettie Rich, out of wedlock, when her mother was barely 14.
I have been unable to find any information about the father. On her marriage license, he is listed as a Ralph Chapman, but there seems to be little evidence that he could possibly be her actual father. Rather, it seems he may be the man whom Nettie ultimately married (see her entry).
By 18, Alta was working as a servant in the home of Fred and Bessie Hussy, and their daughter Margaret, in Danvers, MA at the time of the 1900 Federal Census.
Alta married Edward Kirby Fuller, Jr. on 6 April, 1901, in Chelsea, MA.
They had three children together while living in Somerville, MA: Chester M. Fuller (born 1902), Charles R. Fuller (born 1904) and Alta Marguerite Fuller. They were still living together in 1910.
Sometime between 1910 and 1917, Alta (Rich) left Edward Fuller, taking Alta (Fuller) with her, but leaving the two boys in his care.
She never formally divorced Edward Fuller, but lived with Leon Warren as his wife, taking his name, for the next several decades. Leon Warren was born in Hopkinton, MA in 1895 (13 years Alta’s junior!) to Mary Grace and Fred Warren. By 1917 when he registered for the WWI draft, he and Alta were living in New Haven, CT, at 1552 State Street, and he was working as a locomotive fireman for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. (He was exempt from the draft due to being a ‘railroad man’.) By the 1930 Federal Census, Alta (working as a housekeeper in a boarding house) and Leon Warren (still working as a fireman) are listed next to her daughter Alta and her new husband, Louis Gregory Munro, at Pine Rock Avenue, in Hamden, CT.
It is unclear when Leon Warren left Alta. Bruce and Kirby had no memory of him being in the picture at all in their childhoods. Whatever happened, he married Rose Gertrude Rauch of Litchfield, CT in 1939 in Lackawanna, PE. She had three daughters to bring to the marriage, Loretta, Vera, and Marie. They continued living at Pine Rock Avenue in Hamden, and eventually Leon passed away in Middletown, CT, in 1970.
Alta lived in the New Haven area for the rest of her life, sometimes living independently and sometimes living with Alta and her husband Gregory and their family.
At the very end of her life, she needed to be put into a nursing home, and passed away within less than three months of moving in. She died 1 January, 1958, in Naugatuck, CT. She is listed on her death certificate as widowed, with her husband’s name listed as Leon.