In 1900 Lena was 14 years old and living with her parents and her sister Mae, age 15, and her sister Ruth, age 7, in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan. (Ruth married Chester H. Bliss.)
Lena's father had quit farming in 1890 and moved to Flint, Michigan to work for Durant-Dorn Carriage Company. He moved up to be Vice President there and General Manager. He and William Durant turned it into an auto manufacturer in 1910 when they purchased Buick Motor Company in 1910 and he became president and general manager. In 1912 Charles Nash became president of General Motors but resigned over policy differences. He started his own car company and put his first car on the market in 1917. Nash Motors manufactured cars in Kenosha from 1916 to 1937.
Lena had already died when her father passed away in 1948 so the estate was split between her sisters. Ruth N. Bliss of Grosse Point, Michigan got 3/4 of the estate and Mae N. Brenton of Beverly Hills, California got 1/4 of the estate.
Lena Nash married James T. Wilson on Oct 20, 1908 in Flint, Genesee, Michigan. She was listed as the daughter of Charles Nash (b. abt 1864 in Illinois) and Jessie Hallock born about 1864 in NY). Both of her parents later moved to Beverly Hills, California in 1938 to live near Lena's sister Mae N Brenton. James Wilson was the son of William O. Wilson and Elsie J. Felton.
On the 1930 census Lena is living with James in Kenosha with their daughters Jessie Mae Wilson (born in Michigan), age 15 and Marjorie Wilson (born in Wisconsin), age 10 and three maids.
On the 1940 Census James and Lena are living with their daughter Marjorie Devereaux age 20 who was listed as a widow, a maid, a butler and a cook. There is a record of a Marjorie Ruth Wilson marrying a William Arnold Deveroaux in Bennington, Vermont on Feb 11, 1939. William Arnold Devereaux died on May 26, 1939 in Ann Arbor, MI and is buried in Detroit. He had been born on March 17, 1917 in Detroit and attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 1936-1939. The news that the couple eloped was in the Time Record in Troy NY on Wed Feb 15, 1939. The story said it had been a two year romance and that Marjorie had been attending the Erskine School in Boston. They planned to get an apartment in Ann Arbor because Devereaux was a junior in economics there. He was the son of W.C. Devereaux President of Ferro Stamping and Manufacturing.
His obituary: "Worry over health was blamed today for the death of William A. Devereaux, 21, University of Michigan Junior who eloped three months ago with the nineteen- year-old granddaughter of C. W. Nash, the automobile manufacturer. Devereaux's young wife, formerly Marjorie Ruth Wilson of Kenosha. Wis., found his body hanging by an electric cord from rafter in the garage behind their* apartment this afternoon and was quoted by Coroner Edwin C. Ganshorn as saying her husband had been concerned over his health. Coroner Ganshorn recorded the death as suicide. Mrs. Devereaux told authorities her husband had left their apartment at 10:30 a. m. saying he was going to buy a newspaper. She discovered the body at 1:30 p. m. Members of the Devereaux family were expected here tonight. The two were married February 11 in Bennington, Vt. Devereaux had left Ann Arbor at the end of the first semester and met Miss Wilson in Boston, where she was enrolled In the Ersklne school After their marriage they returned to Ann Arbor for the opening of the second semester for Devereaux to resume his studies. Mrs. Devereaux is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Wilson of Kenosha, her father is a director of Nasb-Kelriuator Corp., and formerly was vice-president in charge of production of the corporation's Nash Motors division. Her mother is one of C. W. Nash's three daughters, snd Mrs. Devereaux is one of the motor manufacturer's five grandchildren. Devereaux was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Devereaux of Detroit. His father is president of Ferro Stamping and Manufacturing Co., which manufactures automobile hardware." ~Escanaba Daily Press May 27, 1939.
The C. Ernest Dewey House (519 61st Street in Kenosha) was built around 1910, but Dewey, who owned a hardware store, only lived there a few years. Between 1918 and 1923,
James T. and Lena Wilson lived in the house.
James Wilson was a vice president
at Nash (American) Motors. Between 1927 and the
1950s, Joseph and Julia Rhode lived in the
house. Joseph Rhode was the President of the
Citizens Loan and Investment Company.
James T Wilson
Mae Nash Brenton
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