Mina Mahala <I>Whitesell</I> Young

Mina Mahala Whitesell Young

Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Death 19 Apr 1917 (aged 59)
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 106480969 · View Source
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Edna Young Johnson Memoirs
"My mother's name was Ermina Mahala Whitsell [All other records show it as Mina. According to Margaret Gibson she was called Miney--BCJ]. I have no idea where that appellation came from. I know nothing at all of the Whitsells except for an aunt and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Teeple and their daughter Jenny of whom mother was very fond."

My mother was an uncompromisingly moral person but her religion - if such it was - took the form of a terrible sense of guilt and an absolute certainty of divine punishment. It was quite terrible and she might far better have been without it.
Jemima taught her to sew and so thoroughly did she do so, that when the "old folks" passed on Mother considered setting up shop as a dressmaker to earn her living. But first she went on a long visit to her Carter relatives in Bertie and at Windmill Point and while there Uncle George's wife died leaving him with three half grown sons and what more natural than that he should ask "Mina", as my mother was called to come and keep house for him. His farm was just half way between Port Bruce and Aylmer. Of the three sons, Oscar, the youngest ran away from home while he was quite young and was never heard of again. George became a doctor at Port Arthur, made a lot of money and drank himself to death and Arthur the oldest stayed on the farm. It was here that my father came courting. Before him Mina had two suitors. She was engaged to one who went to California. When he came back to visit her the engagement was broken by mutual consent. The other suitor was turned down. He later became Judge Harvey in Edmonton, Alberta. When Arthur married and brought his bride home, Mina was no longer needed so she married my father in May (I think) 1885 and they went to New York on their honeymoon. On their return they moved at once into the house my father had bought at Pt. Bruce and which is still mine. There is a souvenir of their first day still there about which my mother used to laugh. It seems that among their household goods there was no jug for milk so my father went down to the store he owned, run by his sister Sarah along with the Post Office, and brought home a big brown one that would hold at least a quart and a half of milk. My mother was evidently amused at its size for just two people.

Aylmer Express, Jan. 27 1916 - Port Bruce "Mrs. Levi Young thoughtfully sent several parcels of maple leaves and evergreens to the hospitals in England and France and recently they were acknowledged from Shorncliffe, England, and the second general Canadian hospital in France, stating the they were used in their Christmas decorations and were greatly appreciated by the patients and officers, "Bread cast upon the waters etc."

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Mina Mahala / Wife of / Levi Young / Died Apr. 19, 1917 / Aged 59 Y'rs.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mina Mahala Whitesell Young (31 Jan 1858–19 Apr 1917), Find a Grave Memorial no. 106480969, citing Dunboyne Cemetery, Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Bruce Johnson (contributor 47661260) .