Minnie Adelaide Hemmings 1888 – 1918

Minnie Hemmings was born 22 June, 1888 in Quebec (probably Mansonville), the sixth of eight children of William Hemmings and Josephine Laclair.  In 1891, the family lived in Potton, Quebec, and Minnie’s father was a carpenter.  About 1894, the family moved back to Barton, VT. 

In 1900, Minnie lived with her parents and younger siblings, Roy and Clara, in Barton. The family also included her married older brother, and his wife and son.  Her father was a carpenter, and Minnie and Roy were students.

On 9 Feb 1910 in Tilton, NH, Minnie married William George Hammond, son of William Hammond and Clara Belmore.  The groom was a weaver, but I cannot make out the occupation of the bride.  This was the first marriage for both.  The 1910 census shows Minnie and William, with William Sr, boarding with Alice Steele on School Street in Tilton.  Minnie was working as a stamper in a hosiery mill, and her husband was a weaver in the woolen mill. 

William registered for the World War 1 draft on June 5, 1917.  The card asks who is dependent upon him for support.  William’s record says that his wife is physically helpless.  The card also says that William had already tried to enlist in the Navy but was rejected on account of physical conditions. 

Minnie died 15 April 1918 at the Franklin (NH) hospital, where she had been a patient for several weeks.  Cause of death was “multiple neuritis” of two years’ duration. Modern definitions describe this disease as peripheral neuropathy, or muscle weakness and sensory loss in the hands and feet.  Older descriptions include toxins, infections or metabolic causes, but Minnie’s death record said “unknown” contributing cause.  She was buried at the Park Street cemetery in Tilton.

William remarried three years later to Lela Ham nee Melcher, and William died in 1973.

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