Martha A Lavine b 2 April 1880

Martha A LaVine was born 2 April, 1880 in Barton VT, the second of five children of Edward Lavigne and Anne M LaClair.  Martha’s birth record indicates that Edward was a farmer, born in Burlington VT, and her mother was born in Conway, NH.

Martha apparently also used the name Florence.  When she married her cousin William A Hemmings on 8 June 1897 in Troy VT, she was listed as Martha F Lavine.  She also claimed to be 18 when she was just barely 17.  They had a stillborn son on 7 Apr 1898.  Martha’s son Vernon was born 28 March 1899 in Barton (and died 1957 in Springfield MA.)  Martha and William divorced when Vernon was a toddler.

Florence married Hiram Leslie Baker on 19 December 1903 in Bridgewater, VT.  She and Hiram had a son, Gerald Hiram Baker who was born 16 August 1904 in Bridgewater (he died in 1974 in Lebanon.)  Hiram Baker had previously been married to Addie Pollard, and their children included Agnes Baker, who married Ralph Laber.  That means Ralph and Martha were maternal first cousins, plus he was first cousin of her first husband (Hemmings), and he was the husband of her stepdaughter Agnes.  Martha and Hiram divorced.

Florence married William E Kinsey 25 October 1912 in Rhode Island..  She is listed with him in the 1920 and 1930 census, living in Springfield, MA.  He was a gate tender for the railroad, and later a laborer in public parks.  He died in 1935 in Springfield.  Florence worked as a private nurse.  Florence M (Livigne) Kinsey is listed in the Massachusetts Death Index, 1943, in Longmeadow, MA.

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