Her mother later married Daniel Brumbaugh, had one more child, Emily (1868–1937), and was widowed for a second time.Because of poverty following the death of her father, Annie did not regularly attend school as a child, although she did attend later in childhood and in adulthood.
Beginning in the spring of 1870, she was "bound out" to a local family to help care for their infant son, on the false promise of fifty cents a week and an education.
The couple had originally wanted someone who could pump water, cook, and who was bigger.
She spent about two years in near-slavery to them where she endured mental and physical abuse. One time, the wife put Annie out in the freezing cold, without shoes, as a punishment because she had fallen asleep over some darning.
first came to light when the then 15-year-old won a shooting match with traveling show marksman Frank E. The couple joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West show a few years later. Her death certificate gives her name as "Annie Oakley Butler".
Oakley became a renowned international star, performing before royalty and heads of state. Her birthplace log cabin site is about five miles east of North Star.
Oakley also was variously known as "Miss Annie Oakley", "Little Sure Shot", "Little Miss Sure Shot", "Watanya Cicilla", "Phoebe Anne Oakley", "Mrs. There is a stone-mounted plaque in the vicinity of the cabin site, which was placed by the Annie Oakley Committee in 1981, 121 years after her birth.
Annie's parents were Quakers of English descent from Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania: Susan Wise, age 18, and Jacob Mosey, born 1799, age 49, married in 1848.
They moved to a rented farm (later purchased with a mortgage) in Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio, sometime around 1855.
Born in 1860, Annie was the sixth of Jacob and Susan's nine children, and the fifth out of the seven surviving.