#5 (catch up) Cary Stevens is my Great Grandfather on my father’s side. He was born 1 February 1870 in Acton, Indiana to George W. Stevens and Sarah J. Foglesong.
The story gets interesting when he marries Minnie Blanche Shipp in 1888. He joined the Army, swearing he is single, in 1899 and was sent to the Philippines to fight in the Spanish American War. He hadn’t been there long when Minnie Blanche petitioned the Army to let him out because she was pregnant. The Army let him out and he is listed in the 1900 census twice, once in the Philippines with the Army and then again in Indiana living with Minnie Blanche and their son, Henry Burl in the house of her father, William Henry Shipp. I can only imagine the tension in that household!
By 1904, Cary has married Gertrude Lindburg Mock who, in 1900, had been living with her husband and daughter just five dwellings away from Cary and Minnie Blanche. I know that Gertrude was widowed by that time. I’m assuming Cary and Minnie Blanche divorced but I have yet to find proof. Cary went on to have a daughter with Gertrude, they moved to California with the two girls and lived a very happy life out there. Minnie Blanche remarried but I have no evidence of that yet either except that we always knew her as Grama Moore.