Vladimir Agapov and his wife Ludmila had a child in St Petersburg Oct 4th 1882. They were very happy to finally have a child and they named her Nadya (Agapova), which means hope.
Her childhood was poor but rather happy, as nothing too major was happening in their lives. Not until 1892 when she was 9 years old. Her family was being hunted as revolutionaries and were forced to flee west to Finland, which was still being part of Russia, but was considered more safe for them to hide for now. That didn't work too well for them for too long, and she was separated from her parents few years later. She had learned the language well enough to be able to communicate and that was well needed skill as she was alone in the streets, begging for food and nowhere to go. She was never able to find her parents again and to this day, she don't know if they are still alive or not.
She was 15 when she met a family who were leaving to England, and they felt sorry enough for her and offered to take her with them. After arriving to England, she was working in taverns to earn enough to feed her self, and she met a lot of travelers. After a few years, she met Mr. Delaney and his wife, while they were briefly visiting his home in England before continuing their travel to America. She was fascinated by their story and wanted to learn more, so she was spending a lot of time with them. They grew liking this young girl and took her as their own. After legal affairs to get her proper papers and to become their legal child, she was given new name, Hope Delaney.
They decided that her real background was to stay hidden, and she was learning enough of her new family to be able to keep up this facade. They eventually arrived to America, Saint Denis in New Alexandria, November 1900.
4th Oct 1882