Just the facts, ma'am.
This is what I've learned about Minnie Floretta Wood, a half-sister of my husband's grandmother, after a week of intensive research.
Minnie Floretta Wood married several times. Here is a chronological list of her husbands and the dates and places of the marriages:
Married abt. 1892
Probably in Indiana
Lorenzo J. Sweat
Married 07 May 1901
Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas
Married 18 Nov 1903
Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan
John H. McBain
Married 31 Dec 1904
Clearfield, Juneau County, Wisconsin
John H. McBain
Married 15 May 1917
1874 - 1886
Minnie Floretta Wood was born on May 14, 1874, in Macoupin County, Illinois. She was the first of three children born to William Charles and Hester Adeline (Scott) Wood. William and Hester divorced sometime after 1880, and in 1886, "Mrs. Hester Wood" married Isaac H. Reed.
The entire collection of 1890 Federal census records, except for a few pages, perished in a 1921 fire, so there's no record of the Reed/Wood family for that decade.
Minnie Wood married an Unknown Cooley (father of Mabel) in about 1892, probably in Indiana.
The 1900 census shows Isaac and Hester Reed (Minnie's mother and step-father) living in Stoddard County, Missouri. They had four children together, and their youngest daughter Hester Reed (my husband's grandmother) was 8 years old. An 8-year-old granddaughter, Mabel Cooley, and two of Hester's children from her first marriage, William Wood (21 years old) and Louise Wood Adams (a 23-year-old widow), were also living with the Reeds. Mabel Cooley was Minnie Floretta Wood's daughter.
On 07 May 1901, Minnie married Lorenzo J. Sweat in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas.\
On 18 Nov 1903, Minnie married Joseph Barclay in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan.
On 31 Dec. 1904, Minnie married John H. McBain in Clearfield, Juneau County, Wisconsin.
At the time of the 1905 Wisconsin census, our Minnie ("Florence" McBain) was living with her husband John H. McBain (nickname: "Bert") and her daughter Mable Cooley in Vernon County, Wisconsin.
I did not locate Minnie in the 1910 census. Her latest husband John McBain was recorded in Rockford, Illinois. He had divorced Minnie and was living with his daughter Violet from his first marriage and her husband.
Mabel Cooley (Minnie's daughter, now 17 years old) and her little daughter Christina were also living with John McBain's daughter Violet and her husband. (Violet and Mabel were step-sisters.) Mabel had married John McBain's nephew, Duncan Walter McBain. Duncan was recorded in the 1910 census as working in Stephenson, Illinois, and living in a boarding house there.
The next record that I found for Minnie was her fifth and, I believe, final marriage. The groom was John H. McBain again, and they were remarried on 15 May 1917 in Dubuque, Iowa.
In the 1920 census, John McBain (married) was living in Vernon County, Illinois, with his sister and brother-in-law.
Meanwhile in the 1920 census, Minnie (married) was living in Rockford, Illinois, with her half-brother Charles Reed, her mother Hester, her daughter Mabel McBain (now divorced), and Mabel's five children (Christine McBain, 12; Lillian McBain, 8; Orville McBain, 6; Glen McBain, 4, and Birdie McBain, 11 months).
Mabel's children are recorded twice in the 1920 census. They're listed with their mother as described above, and they're also listed as residents of the Rockford Home for Children (a certified orphanage, according to documents of the period.) Mabel's ex-husband, Walter McBane, was working as a machinist is Batavia, Illinois.
So far, I haven't found any further record of the five McBain children. I don't know what happened to Mabel after 1920. (Note: A descendant of Mable contacted us in Dec 2013. He stated that Mabel married a Morgan and had a second family, including his grandmother, after 1920.) Walter McBane seems to have remained single after the divorce. He died in Aurora, Illinois, in 1967.
In 1930, John McBain was working as a carpenter and boarding with a Jones family in Wilmington, Illinois. He was recorded as being married, but he wasn't living with a wife. He died in.Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 1942.
|Find-a-Grave record for Minnie McBain|
Minnie Floretta Wood McBain died in Independence, Missouri, on Feb. 28, 1936, at the age of 62, She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence.
Updated on 20 Sept 2011. Updated on 31 Dec 2013.