Mabel Barrett was the daughter of Myron Haskell Barrett and Mary Ann Wirick of Newark, Ohio. She was possibly born in Richland County, Ohio where her parents were married, and where her mother grew up. Mabel was born about 1873. Mabel's parents were divorced when she was about 14 years old. Her mother father moved back to Richland, Ohio and her mother stayed in Newark, Ohio and remarried to a man by the name of Mr. Nelson.