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 Mary Jane <I>Minteer</I> Dumm

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Mary Jane Minteer Dumm

  • Birth 1837
  • Death 30 Jan 1926 Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Slate Lick, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot C 01
  • Memorial ID 46433198

From "The Minteers As I Have Known Them" by Josephine Minteer Dickinson (1961 limited-edition private printing of 200 copies), youngest and last surviving of William Minteer and Mary Nicholson's 85 grandchildren:

"Married Samuel Dumm. She was born Jan. 4th, 1837 and died on Jan. 26th, 1926 at the age of 89. She lived the longest of any of her brothers or sisters. This may have been partly because of the wonderful man who shared her life - Sam Dumm, a most considerate and kindly man.

The story is told of a man, Sam Doty, who was a farm hand for Uncle James at the time they were recruiting for the Civil War probably about 1862. He was kind hearted but uneducated. When John enlisted, Mary Jane told him she would write to him in the army. He had to take his letters to his sergeant, Sam Dumm, to have them read to him. Sam, being equally as kind as Mary Jane, read the letters and wrote the replies. Soon the letters became more personal and interest ripened into love between Mary Jane and Sam! They were married soon after the close of the Civil War on September 26, 1865. I told this story to granddaughter Elizabeth Coulson of New Kensington and she recently wrote to me that she had been reading Sam Dumm's diary and found confirmation of my story."

In 1840 she lived with her father, brothers, and cousin(s) in the old Young double log home, just south of Worthington, PA in what was then just Franklin Township--it didn't split into East and West until the 1860s.

In 1850 she lived with her parents (father and step-mother, technically), six brothers and sisters, and cousins Elijah and James Calvin. As mentioned elsewhere, their new house was either done or almost done.

In 1860 she still lived there with her parents and six brothers and sisters. They weren't the same six as in 1850, however. John Young was married with two children and living across the field to the west in the half of the old log house that he had moved there and fixed up. And her youngest brother Joseph was there by then--the only one of her father's eight children to be born in the new house.

In 1870 she lived with her husband and their three children in their house on the west side of Tapeworm Road that had been built on that part of Johnny Dumm's farm that Sam had bought from his father. Sam owned real property worth $1000 and personal property worth $400.

In 1880 she lived in the same place with her husband and six children.

In 1900 she and her husband and five of their children lived in the house at 448 Fourth Avenue in Parnassus, PA--now part of New Kensington. Amanda was married and living in Marion, OH by then. They owned their home, with a mortgage. Sam, Eliza, and Mary were school teachers, Frank a seminary student, and James a printer.

In 1910 she and Sam and Eliza "Lida" lived there. They owned their home, mortgage free. Sam was retired.

In 1920 just she and Lida lived there. Lida was a teacher in the public schools.

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  • Maintained by: RobMinteer57
  • Originally Created by: Jim Wray
  • Added: 7 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46433198
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Minteer Dumm (1837–30 Jan 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46433198, citing Slate Lick Cemetery, Slate Lick, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by RobMinteer57 (contributor 47389024) .