Great great grand aunt Minerva B Jenks Barnes Bolton Hall passed away 107 years ago on this date 18 October 1911, in Kelso, Washington. Minerva was the youngest child of Morris and Almira Botsford Jenks, born on 8 May 1838 in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, one year after Statehood. Her older siblings were Leman Case, Esther (my great great grandmother), and Oliver Torrey. Aunt Minerva had three children with her first husband, Nathaniel Barnes: Ida Almira, Seth Adelbert, and Erminnie. Her second marriage with Samuel Bolton provided her with another son, Guy Washington. Her third marriage to Charles Hall did not produce issue.
What makes Aunt Minerva special for me is not that she happened to be married three times (never widowed) in the late 1800s, but that when she was living in Norfolk, Nebraska, her niece, Effie Clarissa Lee, the daughter of Charles and Esther Jenks Lee, was living with her. I have never heard the reason for this arrangement. [Effie was my great grandmother] Whether Effie was being sent to live with her aunt as a taming of her wild side (my preferred theory, but without foundation) or to help her aunt with her four children. In any event, it was there, while working in an Insane Asylum that Effie met Lemuel Weaver (also an attendant, not a patient). The two were married in Norfolk, Nebraska on 1 August 1891.