This week in #52ancestors #52familyphotographs Minnie Arabella Hine takes center stage as a good example of incorrect information in a marriage record. Corroborate, double check and check again! Minnie was my great grandmother and figuring out her real mother set me a merry chase.
Minnie was born on 1 August 1866 in Orwell, Pennsylvania. Her father’s name was James Edwin Hine. Her mother’s name was Catherine Tyrrel or Terrell. She was the second of two daughters of this couple. Martha or Mattie, her older sister, clearly lists her mother on her marriage record as Catherine but Minnie lists her mother as A. E. Hine. James Hine married Ann E. Phillips in 1870 when Minnie was about 4, and she may not have had any memories of her birth mother. Luckily, I happen to have James’ bible which records Catherine’s death and his remarriage.
Minnie married George Cornell Prince on 9 July 1894 up in Bradford County. George was living in Philadelphia at the time, employed as a stenographer with the Philadelphia Typewriter Exchange. I am not sure when he went down to Philadelphia, but he appears in city directories from 1895 to 1904. The family lived in Philadelphia until 1897, when the directory notes that his home is in Rosedale, New Jersey.
Minnie and George Prince had four children, the first born in Philadelphia and the rest in Camden:
- George Raymond Prince (1895-1939)
- Philip Hine Prince (1896-1974)
- Edwin Everett Prince (1898-1899)
- Kathryn Marie Prince (1903-1993)
I don’t know much about her life in Camden. I know she went home to Bradford County occasionally as her visits are tracked in the local paper. Her father and step-mother had one son, Arthur Hine and she appears to have visited him and her sister.
Minnie Prince died at home on 23 June 1931 and is buried in Bethel Memorial Park in Pennsauken, NJ. Her obituary mentions her children and grandchildren but does not highlight any other activities.