Mariette Blood b Feb 1857

Mariette (aka Mary E, Minnie) was born probably in February of 1857, daughter and possibly only child of George W and Sarah Z (Pickernail) Blood.  She was probably born in Reading VT, although I have been unable to find the actual record.  Mary’s birth year seemed to fluctuate through her life, but since the 1860 census lists her as age three, 1857 is probably the correct year.  In 1860, the family lived in Reading.  Minnie’s father was a farmer, but since he did not have a “value of real estate” listed, he probably did not own his own farm at that time.  His personal estate was only valued at $100, the lowest of anyone on that census page. 

By 1870, the family had moved to Plainfield NH, and she was listed as Maryette, age 13.  George’s farm was valued at $400, and his personal property at $200, which compared to the others, indicates that the family was not well off. 

On 21 November, 1874, Mary, age 17, married George W Hayes, 40, in Plainfield. Mariette had four children with George, all born in Hanover.  An infant was stillborn on 27 February 1876.  Daughter Grace was born 2 June 1877.  Fredrick was born 29 May 1879 and died 4 November 1880.  Sadie was born 6 June 1881, and was later adopted by Almeda Waterhouse Hall, who had herself been adopted and  raised as George Hayes’ sister. 

In 1880, Minnie and her husband and three children lived in Hanover. 

In 1883, George Hayes filed for divorce alleging that Minnie committed adultery on the second day of May 1882 at Lebanon with a Calvin Royce. She again committed adultery on the 5th of October 1882 with Calvin Royce. Another adultery was committed on the 7th of October 1882 in Lebanon with Calvin Royce. She has also committed adultery with many others at White River Junction and other places unknown to George Hayes. The divorce was granted 5 Oct 1883 on the basis of the adultery charges.

George Hayes married a second time to Lucy J. Morse at Hanover on April 7, 1888. She divorced him on 25 March 1891 for extreme cruelty. 

Mariette and Calvin Dexter Royce had a son, Clarence Alvin Royce, born 22 June 1885 in Chelsea, VT.  Although I have not found a marriage record for Mariette and Calvin, I did find Calvin’s death record. He died in Tunbridge, listed himself as widowed, and his spouse as Mary Hayes.  She did pre-decease him but was not married to him at the time of death. 

Mariette married Dexter Walter Royce on 16 Nov 1895, in Sharon VT.  She listed this as her second marriage, so perhaps was not acknowledging Calvin as her second spouse.  This was Dexter’s first marriage.  She was 38 but claimed to be 26, and he was 21.  Dexter was Calvin’s nephew.  

In 1900 Minnie Royce, lived in Camden, Knox, Maine, with son Clarence.  Next door are Minnie’s daughter Grace and her family.  Minnie is listed as widowed.  I was unable to find Dexter in the 1900 census.   Perhaps they were separated at the time.  Minnie listed her occupation as “house work”.

The family apparently reunited.  They were listed in the 1906 city directory for Quincy, MA.  Clarence was boarding with Dexter at 74 Bay View avenue.  Wives were not listed in the directory.  Clarence was listed as a clerk, and Dexter was a stableman.  The 1908 and 1909 directories had the same listings.

The 1910 census lists Dexter age 40, Minnie age 32 (she was 53) and Clarence 25.  They lived at 84 Bay View in Quincy. (If the census taker believed that she was 21 years younger, I hope I inherited her youthful genes.  Minnie reported having had 3 children, two still living.  Actually, she had four children with her first, plus Clarence, and Grace, Sadie (know known as Daisy Hayes) and Clarence were still living.  Dexter was working as a teamster.  1912 Quincy directory lists Clarence boarding with Dexter at 84 Bay View – wives still not listed.

The family moved to Stoneham MA.  Dexter was listed in the 1915 business directory under “teaming and jobbing”, with a residence at 104 Elm.  (Current property records indicate this house was built in 1900, a single family two-story home, if someone wants to drive by for a photo.)

Dexter was still listed in the 1920 Quincy directory, as a hackman, residing at 67 Walnut.  This was a much older home, built in 1840, two story, six rooms.    There was also a listing in the Boston directory for Royce, Dexter W, teamster, who lived at 1823 Hyde Park Avenue. 

Minnie’s son Clarence had married Catherine Hunt in 1912.  He died in 1926.

The 1929 census of Hanover MA lists Dexter as age 52, and Minnie age 51.  She should have reported her age as 63.  He was working as a teamster. 

By 1930, the couple was living in Boston at 75 Knight Street.  Minnie reported she was 53, she was actually 73.  Dexter worked as a machinist in a machine shop, Minnie worked in a woolen mill.  The 1929 and 1930 Boston city directory lists them at 17 Knight, which was a gabled 2-story house that is currently a duplex. 

Mariette E Blood Hayes Royce Royce died 28 March, 1934, in Hanover, MA.  The death certificate  confirms her parents as George Blood and Sara Pickernel, and the informant was Mrs. Grace B. Vinick (her daughter).  Certificate lists place of birth as Plainfield, NH.  She was aged 69 years, 1 month, 1 day, at least on paper.  She was actually 77.  Cause of death was Chronic Myocarditis.  She was buried March 31, at Center Hanover cemetery, lot 64 (between Stoddard and Dean) of Section 2, which is near the cemetery office.  The records show that Dexter Royce purchased the lot on March 29, 1934, for $12.50.  There was a single burial, no marker or stone. 

Dexter married Rose Freeman.  He died in Waterbury VT on 27 Sep 1938.


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