I love this picture of my great-great grandmother laughing. It’s fun to imagine who or what she is laughing at and what the occasion was. Maybe a picnic? The picture below shows from left, my great-great grandmother Mina (Bolt) Moore Thompson, Jessie (Johnson) Bodington, the sister-in-law of my great-grandmother, and my great-grandmother Mae (Moore) Johnson. I think this picture was taken sometime in the 1930s, since Jessie came over from England in 1929.
Mina Adell Bolt Moore Thompson, my great-great grandmother, lived for years with Bert Thompson while still married to my great-great grandfather Fred Moore! She and Bert were officially married about three weeks after Fred’s death.
Mina A. Bolt and Fred L. Moore were married on September 10, 1885 in Plymouth, Michigan. They had five children between 1888 and 1897. Two daughters died before 1900. Two sons, Glenn and Earl, and another daughter, Mae, survived into adulthood. In 1900, the family was living in Plymouth and Fred was a railroad freight agent.
I’m not sure what happened to the marriage between 1900 and 1910, but in the 1910 Detroit City Directory, Mina was listed as widowed. In the 1910 Federal Census, she was listed as married and was boarding with her daughter Mae. She was listed as the housekeeper for the head of the household, Alta Fisher.
Sometime between 1910 and 1918, Mina met Bert Thompson. She was listed as his wife on his September 12, 1918 WWI Draft Registration card. And they were living at 370 Maple Ave. in Plymouth. Meanwhile, in 1919, Fred was selling grapes in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
In 1920, Bert and Mina were living as husband and wife on Columbia in Dearborn, while Fred was listed as divorced and living as a roomer with the Dean family in Benton Harbor. By March 1923, Fred was living in the Berrien County Poor Home. He died on November 4, 1924. On his death certificate, he was listed as widowed and his son Glenn was the informant.
This is odd, because Glenn’s mother Mina, was alive and well and married Bert Thompson in Toledo, Ohio on November 22, 1924. She was listed as divorced, but I’m not sure that Fred and Mina were ever legally divorced. Ancestors always keep you guessing!
Mallard’s Bar in Dearborn, Michigan was a bar frequented by my grandparents and great-grandparents. Mom remembers going with her parents and playing games and eating hamburgers. Grandpa Thompson used to get drunk and walk home (about a mile away on Bennet Street). Myrtle V. Mallard was the wife of the owner, William L. Mallard. According to the 1948 Polk’s Dearborn City Directory, Mallard’s was listed as a Beer Garden at 2247 S. Telegraph Rd. William Mallard also owned a gas station at 2245 S. Telegraph Rd. William and his wife Myrtle lived at 40140 Michigan Ave. in Wayne, Michigan.
Another person I never knew, this is Bert Thompson, the 2nd husband of Mina (Bolt) Moore. Mina was my great-grandma Mae’s mother. So this is Mae’s step-dad. Bert was born 3 Nov 1879 in Oxford, MI to Milo A. Thompson and Ruth Noble. He married Mina on 24 Nov 1924, although he listed her in his 1918 Draft Registration Card as his wife and again she is listed as his wife in the 1920 U.S. Census. Her estranged first husband, Fred Moore, died 4 Nov 1924 so perhaps that is why they weren’t officially man and wife until 1924. Anyway, Mina and Bert lived in Dearborn for many years, then Bert lived with my grandparents in the 1950s and 60s. He died in January 1966. When I was younger I saw all these family pictures from the 60s with this old man included in them and I always asked Mom who he was. She said she didn’t know, only that she called him Grandpa Thompson. So one of the fortunate finds from this genealogical journey is discovering just how this man “Grandpa Thompson” is related to us.
Above is a picture of Milo A. Thompson, who served in the 1st Michigan Cavalry, Company G in the Civil War. He was born in Pennsylvania on July 10, 1836. He married Ruth E. Noble on January 2, 1860 in Oakland County, Michigan. They lived in Oxford, Michigan until 1882 when they moved to Luzerne, Michigan. They had 6 children. One son, Bert L. Thompson (pictured below) married my great-great grandmother Mina Adell Bolt Moore in 1924. Ruth died in 1896 and Milo died August 4, 1908 in Ely, Michigan at his nephew’s house. They are buried in Lewiston, Michigan.