Minerva’s Last Years

She became a widow in 1909 when her husband unexpectedly died at their home in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio. Her son, Miles, a bachelor, still lived at home. The following year the two of them moved to Saginaw, Michigan, to live with her oldest daughter and family, according to the 1910 census. When the family moved to Florida around 1914, she did not accompany them.

In the 1920 census, Minerva (Abrams) Bennett can be found in two censuses in Ohio. On 2 January 1920, she was enumerated with her son Miles in Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio. On 3 January 1920, she was living with her granddaughter, Fern Johnson, and her family in Trimble, Athens County, Ohio, but Miles was not listed.

The next time I located Minerva, my second great grandmother, was at her death on 5 July 1922 when she was living in Trimble, Athens County, Ohio.  The informant on her death certificate was E. E. Johnson, her grandson-in-law. Apparently, during her last days she suffered from uterine cancer, and the cause of her death was uremia (kidney failure) which she had for a little over two months. A photo of her, as well as images of her marriage and death certificates can be seen at Findagrave (Memorial #41564459) or by searching for Minerva Abrams Bennett. If you read my last post, Died on the 4th of July, you’ll notice that she died 52 years and one day after her mother, Nancy (Bridgeman) Abrams.

The following two images from her widow’s pension file document Minerva’s death date.

Drop Report, 9 Sep 1922, Minerva Bennett, widow's pension application no. 930678, certificate no. 693999; service of Philander Bennett (Pvt., Co. B &H, 56th Ohio Vol. Inf., Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of  Veteran Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Drop Report, 9 Sep 1922, Minerva Bennett, widow’s pension application no. 930678, certificate no. 693999; service of Philander Bennett (Pvt., Co. B &H, 56th Ohio Vol. Inf., Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veteran Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Envelope returned to Department of the Interior, postmarked 3 Sep 1922, Minerva Bennett, widow's pension application no. 930678, certificate no. 693999; service of Philander Bennett (Pvt., Co. B &H, 56th Ohio Vol. Inf., Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of  Veteran Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Envelope returned to Department of the Interior, postmarked 3 Sep 1922, Minerva Bennett, widow’s pension application no. 930678, certificate no. 693999; service of Philander Bennett (Pvt., Co. B &H, 56th Ohio Vol. Inf., Civil War); Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Department of Veteran Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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2 Responses to Minerva’s Last Years

  1. chmjr2 says:

    I enjoy your post and you are doing some great work on your family research.

    • Thank you so much for reading my posts and for your kind remarks. I really do find satisfaction in uncovering details about my ancestors and sharing what I find and know with my extended family and others who are interested.

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