Another Mystery To Solve – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

January 13, 2015 in 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, Allied Families, Brick Walls

I’m just sitting here, waiting, waiting, waiting, for Family Tree Maker to finish merging my online and offline trees.  It’s taking a very long time because my tree is so big.  That’s okay.  I’ll just take this opportunity to introduce you to my newest challenge: Lemina Newsom Saunders.

I’ve only found Lemina in a scant amount of records.  The first one I found her in was the 1880 census record for White Oak, Ingham County, Michigan.  I didn’t start out researching her, though.  I was looking for David G Newsom who was married to Ellen King.  And I was only looking at Ellen King because her sister Mary was the wife of my husband’s 1st cousin 3x removed.  And I was only looking at Mary’s husband because he had a wife with the last name of King.  And it’s all because of a blog writing challenge I’m taking part of: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks–2015 Edition.  The second week’s of No Story’s Too Small‘s 52 Ancestors challenge writing prompt is “King”.  That’s the backstory.  Then I found Lemina and the mystery surrounding her life.

So, back to the 1880 census record.  I found it because I was trying to find the earliest record of  David G Newsom.   I found him in the 1900 census record for Stockbridge, Ingham County, Michigan living with his parents and a little boy named Lyle Saunders.  Because sometimes my brain just seems to quit working sometimes, I added Lyle as the child of David and Ellen, not having found their marriage record yet.  Then I found their marriage record dated 1904 and realized my error.  So who was Lyle Saunders?  That question led me to the 1880 census in White Oak where I learned that David had two sisters: Lemina and Clara (spelled “Claria” on the the image.).  So Lyle was probably the grandchild of David’s parents, Thomas and Grace Newsom.  But the child of which daughter, Lemina or Clara?  From looking at the image of David’s death certificate, I hypothesized that the woman who was the informant for David’s death certificate was his sister, Clara, who had married a man named Hazelton.  I checked on Family Search and found the marriage record for Clara and John Guy Hazelton in 1886.  I found the census record for the Hazelton family in 1900 and 1910 and there was no Lyle.  So Lyle was probably Lemina’s son.  I found the marriage record for Lemina and Edwin Thomas Saunders dated 1882.  Then I found Edwin in the 1900 census living with a different wife and two sons: Bert born in 1898, and Earl born in July of 1899.  The new wife’s name was Ella, and at first I assumed Ella was Lemina.  She wasn’t because I found a public tree that had a copy of the marriage record for Edwin and Ella and it was dated October of 1896.  So what happened to Lemina?

I found Lyle’s marriage record to Rena M Burns for 1915.  He listed his parents as Edward and Mina Newson.  Good.  That gave me another name to search for her.  But I could find no more records for Lemina or Mina Newsom Saunders, no matter how hard I tried.  I looked at all the public trees that had Edwin and Lyle and Lemina listed and none had a death date for her.  I looked on Seeking Michigan, the Library of Michigan’s site, and there was no Lemina Saunders or Mina Saunders or Sanders to be found. Nor was there a record of any kind indexed for her on Family Search or Ancestry.  The public trees did have another child listed for the union of Edwin and Mina, but they’d made her (the symbol representing her was pink) private.  I couldn’t find any other records of birth for any children, so I have no idea what her name is.  I’ve written to the owner of the public tree that has the most records on Edwin and am waiting to hear back.

So what happened to Lemina?  She’s not buried in the same cemetery as Edwin and his 2nd wife, she’s not buried in the cemetery where her parents are buried, and she’s not buried where her brother and sister are buried.

Tomorrow I’ll call the cemetery where Edwin Saunders is buried and see if they have a record for Mina’s burial.

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