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Mary Jane Miller Wakefield
Birth: Dec. 24, 1841
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 18, 1896
Arkansaw
Pepin County
Wisconsin, USA

My great, great grandmother ...

Married to Samuel Jackson Wakefield on October 27, 1857 at Pepin, WI by Rev. Timothy M. Lyman, a minister of the Gospel of the Congregational denomination. (MJ Wakefield v SJ Wakefield, 1885.)

Mary Jane was sued by the State of Wisconsin on charges that on 09/08/1882, she did "willfully and maliciously interrupt, molest and disturb a public school while in session" in the Town of Waterville, Pepin County, Wisconsin. The school was known as "School District No. 6" (also known as Big Coulee School). She was arrested, confined to jail and ultimately fined for her misbehavior. The case went to trial, with a jury and witnesses. There appears to have been no information in any of the local papers about this incident, and the court case itself does not indicate the specifics of her allegations. (State of WI v. Mary Wakefield, 1882.)

Mary Jane became ill in January of 1890 and was under a physician's care. She was paralyzed on one side of her body because of this illness and needed medicine and care continuously. She and Samuel were divorced on April 23, 1890. (SJ Wakefield v. MJ Wakefield, 1890.)

Mary Jane was remarried to William McDonald Stewart (son of James E. Stewart and Sarah Stewart) on 12/27/1892 in Pepin, WI. Although she was remarried at the time of her death and had taken the last name of Stewart, Mary Jane is buried beside her former husband, Samuel Wakefield.

Mary Jane signed a Last Will and Testament dated 06/11/1896 and died 37 days later. In the Will, she nominated her son, Clarence as executor and gave him the farm, with 170 acres of land. She gave $1.00 to each of her children except Clarence. Clarence brought the Petition for Probate of Will on March 11, 1897. His sister, Hattie brought a Summons & Complaint against Clarence on March 29, 1897, alleging that Clarence had written letters to Hattie when Mary Jane was ailing and asked her to come and work the farm for pay (which happened, and he never paid her). The case was tried by jury. Clarence won, but Hattie later appealed the case and ultimately won. (Hattie Kistner v. Clarence Wakefield, 1897.)

Mary Jane's probate indicates that she died on July 18, 1896, although her gravestone states July 20.

 
 
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 Spouses:
  Samuel Jackson Wakefield (1833 - 1901)
  William McDonald Stewart (1836 - 1923)
 
 Children:
  Clarence Elliot Wakefield (1857 - 1929)*
  Ida Adelaide Wakefield Metcalf (1859 - 1941)*
  John Bert Wakefield (1864 - 1919)*
  James Wesley Wakefield (1866 - 1955)*
  Orin William Wakefield (1867 - 1941)*
  Infant Daughter Wakefield (1871 - 1871)*
  Frances Mary Wakefield Getsman (1872 - 1934)*
  Harriet Elizabeth Wakefield Harley (1876 - 1926)*
  Clara Lucretia Wakefield (1878 - 1889)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arkansaw Memorial Cemetery
Arkansaw
Pepin County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Marie
Record added: Oct 02, 2013
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 Added: Apr. 23, 2014

- Marie
 Added: Oct. 14, 2013
 
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