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Laura was born and raised in the North side of Williamsburgh, now Brooklyn, New York. According to oral history in the family, she worked as a seamstress for her aunt Elizabeth (Vyse) Cooley Ross in Manhattan. When Donald Dunnet came to New York from Scotland, he apparently rented rooms with the Vyse family, and this is how they met. They were members of the Throop Avenue Presbyterian Church in what became the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, then moved to a house they built in Canarsie. Laura moved with her daughter Molly's family and daughter Tine to Rockville Centre in the 1920s, where she died. She is interred in the "Cypress Hills Abbey" mausoleum at Cypress Hills Cemetery.
children of Laura Emma Vyse and Donald Dunnet:
James Gilbert b. 24 October 1879, m. Maria Kouwenhoven Miller
Robert Hancock b. 7 June 1881, m. Emma Louse Krin
Isabella Emma b. 10 May 1882, died as an infant after being dropped on her head by a nanny
Elizabeth Vyse b. 10 November 1885, m. Stanton Eldredge
Laura Emma b. 30 August 1886, m. William Garnett
Donald b. 24 October 1889, m. Jenny Johnson Rowland
Christine b. 9 March 1893
Margaret Lois b. 23 March 1895, m. Alfred Edward Sinclair
vital records sources: the only record found of Laura's birth is in Donald Dunnet's Bible. There is a Brooklyn municipal certificate for her marriage, and her death is recorded in family notes. Her crypt at Cypress Hills Cemetery is in Cypress Hills Abbey, 15, aisle LL, crypt 88.
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