Eva (Raifsnider) Donahue (1)
Eva Raifsnider I have a bit of a soft spot for. She’s my great-grandmother’s older sister and closest in age to her as well. I found documents with both Eva and Ada in school census records, in fact.
1909 White Pigeon School Census (2)
She’s technically still in school yet married! I find that crazy although maybe it wasn’t so much at that time, since she was 19 and legally able to marry.
The part that makes me have a soft spot for her, is that she died so young. At 25. Younger than me; in fact I wasn’t even married yet by that age! That hits close to home. She died of a not unusual item: tuberculosis of the lungs but she left two young children. (3) One child, Thelma, I’ve been able to identify and see what happened to her after her mother died as she had been adopted by Eva’s mom and later Eva’s brothers. (4) I love the fact that the family came together to make this happen.
I can’t seem to find the second child – not with other Raifsnider’s or with the child’s father (at least so far that I can tell). The children were two young to be on the 1910 census as Arthur (Eva’s husband) and Eva both lived with Eva’s mother at the time and Eva had had no children by that point. (5)
It’ll take some more research to find out more about her other child and really, what’s not exciting about that? :)
1) White Pigeon Township Cemetery (White Pigeon, St. Joseph County, Michigan), Eva Donahue, section Catton Addition, lot 5; personally read, 2014.
2) St. Joseph County, “White Pigeon Schools: School Census Record, 1909″ (vertical file labeled “White Pigeon History N-Z,” n.d., White Pigeon Library, History Room, White Pigeon), entry for Eva Donahue, 1909.
3)“Michigan death records 1898-1920,” digital images, SeekingMichigan.com, Eva Donahue, registered no. 5, stamped 188.
4) 1920 U.S. Census, St. Joseph County, Michigan, population schedule, White Pigeon Township, ED 178, SD 4, sheet 14A (penned), dwelling 179, family 184, Minnie S Raifsnider; digital image, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 April 2014), citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 796, image 26.
5) 1910 U.S. Census, St. Joseph County, Michigan, population schedule, White Pigeon Township, ED 144, SD 4, sheet 11B (penned), dwelling 135, family 137, Minnie S Raifsnider; digital image, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 April 2014), citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 674.