Susan Louise Banks b 29 March 1861

Closed and shutteredSusan Louise Banks was born 29 March 1861, in Morristown, Nova Scotia, daughter of Abram Banks and Mary Jane Marshall.  She was counted in the 1871 census, living in Carleton Corner, in Annapolis County, with her mother and sisters.  In 1881, she lived with her parents and siblings in South Aylesford, Kings County. 

On Susan’s 21st birthday, she married Aaron Manning Hodges, son of Ralph and Mary Hodges, in Wakefield, MA.  He was a rattan worker.  This was the first marriage for both.  Aaron, also called Manning, and Susan had six children.  Leola Estelle was born in Wakefield in 1883, but died just before she reached age two.  Alfred was born in Rhode Island, and Otto in Brooklyn NH.  Arthur was born in 1888 but died before he was three. 

Susan and Aaron moved back to Nova Scotia, and lived in Millville at the time of the 1891 census.  Their last two sons were born there – Herbert Norman in 1896, and Abram Rawland in 1899.  The family lived in Millville at the time of the 1901 census.  In 1911, they were counted in Windemere, part of Aylesford South.

The family moved back to Massachusetts.  By 1920, Susan and Aaron were living in Framingham.  The census indicates that they had immigrated in 1915.  It also indicates that Susan was literate – she could read and write. 

Sometime after 1920, Susan became a patient at the Westborough State Hospital, in Westborough MA.  She died there 14 December 1930.  The state hospital, pictured above, was built in 1848, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.  It closed in 2010.

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