Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hunter and Edgar Miner, Children of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Miner

Recently on a wintry day, I  came across this tombstone in Block 23 of Oakland Cemetery, which honors the memory of Hunter and Edgar Miner. These youngsters were the children of Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Miner. Edgar Miner was aged 1 years, 6 months, and 13 days, and he died on July 25, 1855. Hunter Miner had died on July 19, 1855, at the age of 3 (some sources state he was age 13.) How very sad for Mr. and Mrs. Miner to lose two children within a week's time! M.F. Miner, also known as Martin Fitch Miner, was an agent for a steamboat line that sailed the Great Lakes in the 1850s. The Daily Sanduskian of September 7, 1850 featured these advertisements for steamboat lines.

Martin F. Miner's first wife Stella, died in 1847. His second wife, Susan, died in 1854.After the death of Mrs. Susan Miner, Martin took as his third wife Elizabeth G. Heylman. In 1870, the Martin F. Miner family was residing in Carey, Ohio, where Martin was employed as a miller. By 1880, the Miner family had moved to Steuben County, Indiana. In 1900 the family had moved again, this time to Almena Township, Van Buren County, Michigan. On February 12, 1901, Martin F. Miner died in Van Buren County, Michigan. He lived a long and full life, and his ties to Sandusky, Ohio are still evidenced by the lovely tombstone of two youngsters he lost so long ago.

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