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Elizabeth Minnick

Have you ever found a record on Find a Grave that you think might be an ancestor’s sibling but can’t find that one document to prove it? That’s where I stand with the record for Elizabeth Minnick.

Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 3 April 2022), memorial for Elizabeth Minnick (? – 1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13324222, created by Travis Campbell, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas;, Elizabeth Minnick.

I think the Elizabeth Minnick buried in Yates Center, Kansas is Mary Elizabeth Minnick, daughter of John and Elizabeth Minnick of Henry County, Illinois. If so, then she would be the sister of my great-grandmother, Emeline Minnick Mentzer.

Even though the cemetery record provides a death year, I have not been able to find an obituary in the Woodson County, Kansas papers nor in the Henry County, Illinois papers. Thus, I don’t have a document verifying this relationship.

However, I do have census records that place Mary E. Minnick in Woodson County, Kansas. In 1915, Mary E Minnick was living in the household of Mrs. Emeline Mentzer in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.

1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, page 33 Image 65 of 150, family 284, Mrs. Emeline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

Again in 1920, Mary E Minnick is listed in the household of Emaline Mentzer. This census record identifies Mary E. Minnick as a sister of Emaline Mentzer.

1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 160, Sheet 11B, household 276, Mentzer Emaline; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

Again in 1925, Mary E Minnick was listed as a sister to Emeline Mentzer in the Woodson County, Kansas census.

1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, KS, page 18 Image 68 of 121, family 596, Emiline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021)

All of the census records refer to Emeline Mentzer’s sister as Mary E. Minnick and not as Lizzie. However, in 1924, a death notice appears in the Woodson County Journal for a niece of Emeline. This article also identifies Lizzie Minnick.

Mrs. W. F. Stotler, a niece of Mrs. George Mentzer and Miss Lizzie Minnick, died June 15 at her home in Shenanadoan, Iowa.

“Local News,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 June 1924, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 3 April 2022).

I don’t have an obituary or a death certificate to confirm that the Lizzie Minnick buried in 1926 in Yates Center is in fact the sister of Emeline Minnick Mentzer. However, the census and newspaper records support the possibility that the Lizzie Minnick buried in Yates Center is Mary E. Minnick, sister of Emeline Minnick.

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  1. Not only do they support it, but if there is no credible evidence that there was another woman by that name living in the vicinity or anywhere else who might be buried in that place and time, I’d say “case closed.”

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