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Minnie Blanche <I>Gerrard Gibson</I> Conner

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Minnie Blanche Gerrard Gibson Conner

Birth
Inwood, Marshall County, Indiana, USA
Death
1954 (aged 65–66)
Burial
Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, USA Add to Map
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Minnie was the daughter of Shedrick Gerrard and Rosetta J. Ellinger, who married on 28 Nov 1885 in Marshall Co., Indiana. I found only four children for the couple--Minnie (b.Jan 1888), Cora (b.Jan 1890), Clay (b.Aug 1892), and Clarence (b.Aug 1895), but there appear to have been six.

I found the family on the 1900 Census, living in Center Township (today part of Plymouth), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Shedrick Gerrard, aged 40, was working as a section hand for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 35, reported that she had had six children, but that only four had survived to that census. Home with her were those four--Minnie, aged 12, Cora, aged 10, Clay, aged 7, and Clarence, aged 4. In 1910, Rosetta would report that only two of those children were still living, but she must have misunderstood the question, reporting only the two children still living at home--sons Clay, aged 18, and Clarence, aged 14. Daughters Minnie and Cora had married. Cora married Benjamin H. Cramer on 20 Feb 1909 in Marshall County.

Minnie married Ira Milton Gibson on 10 Oct 1906 in Marshall Co., Indiana. The couple settled down in Inwood and started a family, welcoming daughter Zenith in 1907. She was followed by son Karl J. in 1910.

The four of them appeared together on the 1910 Census, living in Center Township (today part of Plymouth), Marshall County. Ira, aged 24, reported that he was earning a living as a house carpenter. Minnie, aged 21, reported that she had had two children, and that both had survived to that census. Indeed, home with their parents were Zenith, aged 3, and Karl, just a few months of age. Son Milton I. would join his siblings on 8 Sep 1911, and eight days before Christmas in 1913, son Edward Lavon would make his appearance.

Three months after Edward’s birth, tragedy overtook this family when Ira was struck from behind by a train as he walked down the train tracks on the way back to his parent’s home after dropping his sister off at the station. Another train was passing by at the time, covering the noise from the oncoming train that came up behind Ira. He was only 25 years old, and left behind a grieving widow and four children between the ages of three months and seven years.

Minnie mourned Ira’s untimely death for two years, managing on her own with the four children. On 23 Mar 1916, she married Clarence Lloyd Conner in Marshall County. Lloyd (preferred) was the son of J.W. Conner and Emma Thornburg. He was Minnie’s junior by five years, but despite this bit of difference in their ages, their marriage would endure thirty eight years, and bring five children into this world.

Sadly, their first child, son Clarence W., born the year after they married, did not live past his first year. Minnie and Lloyd had him laid to rest near Ira. It is hoped that the arrival of daughter Valerie E. in 1919 brought a measure of joy back to this family.

When the 1920 Census was taken, the family was still living in Plymouth’s Center Township. Lloyd, aged 27, was working as a day laborer. Minnie, aged 31, was busy at home with the five children—Valerie, aged 1 year 7 months, and the four children she had had with Ira—Zenith, aged 12, Karl, aged 10, Milton, aged 9, and Edward, aged 6. Also living with the family that census year were Minnie’s 60-year-old widowed father Shedrick Gerrard, who was working for the railroad, and Lloyd’s 26-year-old brother Frank Conner, who was a day laborer.

That 1920 Census record was enumerated in Center Township on 23 Jan 1920. It would have been just about the time that Minnie discovered she was again with child. Seven months later, daughter Marjorie V. made her way into the world. Daughter Rosetta Marcille followed in 1923.

Between about 1924 and 1928, Ira and Minnie’s daughter Zenith appears to have married someone with the Draper surname. Sadly, Zenith died in 1928 at age 21, and was buried between her father and her half-brother Clarence.

Perhaps the arrival of daughter Phyllis the following year in 1929, brought some cheer back to this family. There was also a wedding and another baby that year. Ira and Minnie’s son Karl married Gladys A. Wogman on 12 Oct 1929. Clearly anxious to join the family, daughter Leora M. arrived in time for Christmas that year. Minnie’s priceless gift that holiday would be seeing the face of her first grandchild.

The following year brought another census. In 1930, the family was living on Maple Avenue Rd. in Plymouth’s Center Township. Lloyd, aged 37, had gotten a job as a metal polisher for an electric plating company. Minnie, aged 42, was keeping house, no small task as there were eleven mouths to feed. Those mouths included their children—Valerie, aged 11, Marjorie, aged 9, Marcille, aged 7, Phyllis, aged 2 months, and the Gibson children—Milton, aged 18 and also working for the electric plating company, and Edward, aged 16. Son Karl, aged 20, wife Gladys, aged 17, and their daughter Leora, aged 6 months, completed the family unit.

In the years following that 1930 Census, Minnie and Lloyd’s nest began to empty. Son Karl and his family got a place of their own on W. Munroe St. in Plymouth, and Karl had begun working as a house painter. Son Milton married Elnora Opal Wologomon on 30 Jul 1934 in Plymouth. Son Edward married Clara Rosemond Pearish in 1936. Daughter Valerie married Collin N. Smith and they settled in nearby Inwood. Daughter Marjorie married Paul Madden. And daughter Marcille married Floyd Donald Ritter and they settled down in nearby Bourbon.

By the time the 1940 Census was enumerated, only daughter Phyllis was still at home with her parents. The family was living on Sering St. in Plymouth. Lloyd, aged 49, was still working as a metal polisher. Minnie, aged 52, was keeping house. Home with her parents was 10-year-old Phyllis.

Minnie lived to age 66, departing this earth nine days before Christmas on 16 Dec 1954. Lloyd lived another twenty one years without his helpmate, departing this earth on 1 Feb 1975 at age 81.
Minnie was the daughter of Shedrick Gerrard and Rosetta J. Ellinger, who married on 28 Nov 1885 in Marshall Co., Indiana. I found only four children for the couple--Minnie (b.Jan 1888), Cora (b.Jan 1890), Clay (b.Aug 1892), and Clarence (b.Aug 1895), but there appear to have been six.

I found the family on the 1900 Census, living in Center Township (today part of Plymouth), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Shedrick Gerrard, aged 40, was working as a section hand for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 35, reported that she had had six children, but that only four had survived to that census. Home with her were those four--Minnie, aged 12, Cora, aged 10, Clay, aged 7, and Clarence, aged 4. In 1910, Rosetta would report that only two of those children were still living, but she must have misunderstood the question, reporting only the two children still living at home--sons Clay, aged 18, and Clarence, aged 14. Daughters Minnie and Cora had married. Cora married Benjamin H. Cramer on 20 Feb 1909 in Marshall County.

Minnie married Ira Milton Gibson on 10 Oct 1906 in Marshall Co., Indiana. The couple settled down in Inwood and started a family, welcoming daughter Zenith in 1907. She was followed by son Karl J. in 1910.

The four of them appeared together on the 1910 Census, living in Center Township (today part of Plymouth), Marshall County. Ira, aged 24, reported that he was earning a living as a house carpenter. Minnie, aged 21, reported that she had had two children, and that both had survived to that census. Indeed, home with their parents were Zenith, aged 3, and Karl, just a few months of age. Son Milton I. would join his siblings on 8 Sep 1911, and eight days before Christmas in 1913, son Edward Lavon would make his appearance.

Three months after Edward’s birth, tragedy overtook this family when Ira was struck from behind by a train as he walked down the train tracks on the way back to his parent’s home after dropping his sister off at the station. Another train was passing by at the time, covering the noise from the oncoming train that came up behind Ira. He was only 25 years old, and left behind a grieving widow and four children between the ages of three months and seven years.

Minnie mourned Ira’s untimely death for two years, managing on her own with the four children. On 23 Mar 1916, she married Clarence Lloyd Conner in Marshall County. Lloyd (preferred) was the son of J.W. Conner and Emma Thornburg. He was Minnie’s junior by five years, but despite this bit of difference in their ages, their marriage would endure thirty eight years, and bring five children into this world.

Sadly, their first child, son Clarence W., born the year after they married, did not live past his first year. Minnie and Lloyd had him laid to rest near Ira. It is hoped that the arrival of daughter Valerie E. in 1919 brought a measure of joy back to this family.

When the 1920 Census was taken, the family was still living in Plymouth’s Center Township. Lloyd, aged 27, was working as a day laborer. Minnie, aged 31, was busy at home with the five children—Valerie, aged 1 year 7 months, and the four children she had had with Ira—Zenith, aged 12, Karl, aged 10, Milton, aged 9, and Edward, aged 6. Also living with the family that census year were Minnie’s 60-year-old widowed father Shedrick Gerrard, who was working for the railroad, and Lloyd’s 26-year-old brother Frank Conner, who was a day laborer.

That 1920 Census record was enumerated in Center Township on 23 Jan 1920. It would have been just about the time that Minnie discovered she was again with child. Seven months later, daughter Marjorie V. made her way into the world. Daughter Rosetta Marcille followed in 1923.

Between about 1924 and 1928, Ira and Minnie’s daughter Zenith appears to have married someone with the Draper surname. Sadly, Zenith died in 1928 at age 21, and was buried between her father and her half-brother Clarence.

Perhaps the arrival of daughter Phyllis the following year in 1929, brought some cheer back to this family. There was also a wedding and another baby that year. Ira and Minnie’s son Karl married Gladys A. Wogman on 12 Oct 1929. Clearly anxious to join the family, daughter Leora M. arrived in time for Christmas that year. Minnie’s priceless gift that holiday would be seeing the face of her first grandchild.

The following year brought another census. In 1930, the family was living on Maple Avenue Rd. in Plymouth’s Center Township. Lloyd, aged 37, had gotten a job as a metal polisher for an electric plating company. Minnie, aged 42, was keeping house, no small task as there were eleven mouths to feed. Those mouths included their children—Valerie, aged 11, Marjorie, aged 9, Marcille, aged 7, Phyllis, aged 2 months, and the Gibson children—Milton, aged 18 and also working for the electric plating company, and Edward, aged 16. Son Karl, aged 20, wife Gladys, aged 17, and their daughter Leora, aged 6 months, completed the family unit.

In the years following that 1930 Census, Minnie and Lloyd’s nest began to empty. Son Karl and his family got a place of their own on W. Munroe St. in Plymouth, and Karl had begun working as a house painter. Son Milton married Elnora Opal Wologomon on 30 Jul 1934 in Plymouth. Son Edward married Clara Rosemond Pearish in 1936. Daughter Valerie married Collin N. Smith and they settled in nearby Inwood. Daughter Marjorie married Paul Madden. And daughter Marcille married Floyd Donald Ritter and they settled down in nearby Bourbon.

By the time the 1940 Census was enumerated, only daughter Phyllis was still at home with her parents. The family was living on Sering St. in Plymouth. Lloyd, aged 49, was still working as a metal polisher. Minnie, aged 52, was keeping house. Home with her parents was 10-year-old Phyllis.

Minnie lived to age 66, departing this earth nine days before Christmas on 16 Dec 1954. Lloyd lived another twenty one years without his helpmate, departing this earth on 1 Feb 1975 at age 81.


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