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Richard S. Clark
MINERs in Doddsville Cemetery
All I can say is "Wow!!!" - what incredible timing!!!
For most of 15 years, I've puzzled over a possible MINER family connection at Monmouth Cemetery. My wife's ggg-grandparents were Luke and Lucy (Miner) Miner, 1st cousins who were married in New York, prior to coming to Illinois about 1855. Many years ago, I stopped at Monmouth Cemetery to photograph the markers of their nephew, Frank Henry Messenger (son of Eunice Miner Messenger), who married their granddaughter, Lucy Harris (daughter of Mary Onliza Miner).
While I was there, I noticed that there was a Frank B. Miner (1899-1951), his infant son Frank A. Miner (1923-1923), Frank's mother and stepfather, Cynthia A. (Robinson-Miner) and Alfred James Cooke, as well as Virgil D. Miner (1968-1998) buried next to the Messenger family at Monmouth cemetery. I couldn't help but wonder if there was a relationship between these two "Miner" families. I was stumped though by Frank B. - I knew he was the son of "Frank" Miner and Cynthia A. (Robinson) Miner-Cooke. I also knew he was married to Charlotte Burnett, with whom he had son Frank A., and that they later divorced. I had no idea how Virgil Miner connected to Frank A. and Frank B. Miner (although I knew Virgil's wife, and had met him a few times). Beyond that, I spent years looking for clues and not finding them.
An unfortunate break came just 10 days ago, with the obituary of Frank B.'s son, Russell Miner, who died on May 14th, 2013. It provided the clue that Frank B. had remarried out-of-state. From there, things fell into place quickly. Virgil was Russell's son, and thus Frank B.'s grandson.
I went back over everything I had, finding that Frank B. Miner signed his WWI draft card as "Bejamin Franklyn Miner" (sic), born 14 April 1899. The death certificate for his son, Frank A. Miner, stated Frank B. was born in Doddsville. The 1900 census showed that Cynthia A. (Robinson) Miner was widowed, with 2 children deceased by the 1900 census, and living with her brother in Monmouth. I then checked one more time here on Find A Grave to see if I could perhaps find a match for her late husband and 2 children (as I am certain I had done just a few days ago), and viola! You posted them just yesterday!!! What perfect timing!
Your "Benjamin F. Miner, 1864-1899" must be the father of "Benjamin Franklyn" Frank B. Miner 1899-1951, both of whom were given as "Frank" in various records instead of Benjamin. "Frank" Miner married Cynthia A. Robinson on 5 March 1893 in McDonough County, Illinois, license #637. "Infant Son Miner 1897-1897, son of B.F. & C.A." and "Infant Daughter Miner 1895-1895, daughter of B.F. & C.A." must have been Cynthia's two missing, deceased children as shown in the 1900 census.
Now, I'll have to look into whether this Benjamin F. Miner was of any relation to Luke and Lucy (Miner) Miner, or Lucy's brother, Rev. Erastus Miner of Monmouth, and their sister, Eunice (Miner) Messenger. Thank you for adding the information - it has been a huge help!
Richard S. Clark
on May 24, 2013 7:41 PM
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