29 March 2009

The Plight of Mrs. Romain Porter, Nee Mentag

This article caught my eye while browsing through the Flint Journal newspaper:

Michigan marriages online revealed that Romain Porter's poor, ill wife was Mary (Mentag) Porter, daughter of Michael & Mary Mentag, who was born January 1885 in Manistee, Michigan.

Groom name: Romain Porter
Groom age: 30 years
Groom birth year: 1882
Groom birth place: Mayfield
Bride name: Marie Mentag
Bride age: 27 years
Bride birth year: 1885
Bride birth place: Manister (sic)
Marriage date: 23 Dec 1912
Marriage place: Flint, Genesee, Michigan
Father of groom name: George Porter
Mother of groom name: Lucinda Pratt
Father of bride name: Michael Mentag
Mother of bride name: Not Given
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

Romain Porter's parents were George & Lucinda (Platt) Porter. Lucinda's parents, Edwin & Isabelle (York) Platt, were buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Traverse Co., MI, per the list here.

Groom name: George Porter
Groom age: 36 years
Groom birth year: 1842
Groom birth place: New York
Bride name: Lucinda E. Platt
Bride age: 16 years
Bride birth year: 1862
Bride birth place: New York
Marriage date: 19 Jan 1878
Marriage place: Fife Lake, Grand Traverse, Michigan
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

1880 MI Grand Traverse
Porter, George, 38, NY NY NY
", Lucinda, 21, NY NY NY
", Romain, 1, son, MI NY NY

In 1900, Romain Porter's father, George, was living with Harry & Della Gray, in Grand Traverse Co., as their uncle (Della's parents were Harley & Janie (Pratt) Holliday). Romain's mother, Lucinda, was listed as the head of household in the census taken in Charlevoix Co., MI, with her sons Romain and Ward living with her as well as a border.

In 1910 George Porter is a divorced boarder with the Reuben Stiles family in Grand Traverse Co.; did not locate Lucinda, Romain or Ward Porter.

In 1920 Lucinda Porter was a "widow" living in Genesee County with "single" sons Romain and Ward. Romain was not listed as "divorced" or as a widower.

George & Lucinda Porter are indexed in the Chancery Court records for Grand Traverse Co., MI., here. [Probably their divorce proceedings]

What happened to them after 1920? Was Mrs. Romain Porter (nee Mary Mentag) still living? There is a Mary Porter, age 39, listed as a "widow" in the 1920 census taken in Grand Traverse Co., MI, who is a teacher, born in Michigan with parents born in Germany (Mary Mentag's parents were both born in Germany). There was an Alice Porter, age 15, living with her, too, although they were both enumerated as boarders. Don't think Mary the school teacher was the impoverished and ill Mary living in Genesee County in 1917, but can't say for sure.

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