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 Mary Elizabeth <I>Thomas</I> Veal

Mary Elizabeth Thomas Veal

Birth
Hilton Beach, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada
Death 9 Oct 1969 (aged 80)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Princeton, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, USA
Plot 1910 Enlargement, block 29, lot 57
Memorial ID 98501619 · View Source
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Born 12 Dec 1888 in St. Joseph Island, Ontario, Canada. Baptised Marie Thomas at Garden River First Nation. Born to Henry Richard Thomas (born 1858 in Staunten, VA and was a slave until the end of the war) and Marguerite LaPointe an Indian of Drummond Island.

In 1905 traveled with father and siblings Oliver, Lucy and John to Minnesota for logging work. Settled in Pine County - first at Lake Lena Indian Settlement, and later near Bruno.

12 Jul 1909 married Jesse L Gay (born 1878) in Morrison County. In 1910 they lived near Bemidji. They had Alfred, Wilbur, Charles (who died in 1914 while visiting Mr. Gay's sister in Princeton) and Ethel. They moved back to Drummond Island and while looking for work in Bruce Mines, Ontario Jesse was killed by a train June 15, 1916 leaving Mary a young widow with three small children. She moved to Princeton, Minn to get help from Jesse's sister Minnie (at that time Minnie Veal, wife of Oliver) and was set up as the maid for Riley Veal, Oliver's brother. Riley's own wife had left town in 1916 and he was left with a small son, Garret.

Riley and Mary married 30 Jul 1923 in Princeton. They had 6 children: Ellsworth "Buck", Mina, Richard, Maggie, Annie, and Dorothy.


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  • Created by: Marilyn Phelps
  • Added: 8 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98501619
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Elizabeth Thomas Veal (12 Dec 1888–9 Oct 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98501619, citing Oak Knoll Cemetery, Princeton, Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Marilyn Phelps (contributor 46936977) .