In 1895, Wells married attorney Ferdinand L. Barnett ,  a widower with two sons, Ferdinand and Albert. She was one of the first married American women to keep her own last name as well as taking her husband's. [ citation needed ] The couple had four more children: Charles, Herman, Ida, and Alfreda. In the chapter of her Crusade For Justice autobiography, called A Divided Duty, Wells described the difficulty she had split her time between her family and her work. She continued to work after the birth of her first child, travelling and bringing the infant Charles with her. Although she tried to balance her world, she could not be as active in her work. Susan B. Anthony said she seemed "distracted".  After having her second child, Wells stepped out of her touring and public life for a time.
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