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HOLLIS, Nina May[1]

Female 1862 - 1945  (82 years)


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  • Name HOLLIS, Nina May 
    Born 28 Jul 1862  Coldwater, Branch , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Feb 1945  Glens Falls, Queensbury, Warren, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I264  Roddy-Benjestorf Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 

    Father HOLLIS, John,   b. 1834, Year a guess Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Hillsdale, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years) 
    Mother BOWEN, (A)Della Louisa,   b. 2 Jul 1841, Grove Township, Allegheny County, N.Y. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1922, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1 May 1857 
    Family ID F58  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 REDWOOD, John [?],   b. 1857, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Probably died before June, 1885 (?) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)  [1
    Married Bef Jun 1880 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F424  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 HARRIS, Montgomery Parry,   b. 20 Nov 1857, Sandy Hill (?), Washington(?), New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1927, Moreau, Saratoga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [1
    Married 29 Jun 1885  Ainsworth,Brown,Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. HARRIS, Nina May,   b. Mar 1889,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. HARRIS, William Lorin,   b. 16 Sep 1890, Sandy Hill, NY ??? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1890, Sandy Hill, Washington, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. HARRIS, Grace Louise,   b. 5 Jun 1892, Fort Edward, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1969  (Age 76 years)
     4. HARRIS, Beatrice May,   b. 28 Apr 1896, Hudson Falls, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1975, Glens Falls, Warren, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Living
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F1413  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • [Deposition of Della Franklin; 1885 Nebraska Census; 1930 US Census; 1880 US Census; Death Certificate of Nina M. Harris]


      Nina was born in Coldwater, Branch, Michigan, on 28 July, 1862. When she was about two years old her mother took her and her brother to Washington D.C. While there, her father allegedly died in an>
      accident in Hillsboro, Michigan. Her mother married Reuben B. Franklin in Washington, and she was raised by Reuben & Della.
      Nina didn't know Ruben Benjamin Franklin was NOT her real father until she was about 10 years old. She learned it from her cousin, Eva Smith, who was visiting from Chicago [?].
      Nina says she lived in Detroit with her uncle, Lewis Bowen, and his wife Mary from about 1876 until she was twenty-two [1884]. However, her memory was somewhat in error about the length of time >
      she lived with the Bowen's because the 1880 census shows her residence at a hotel in Detroit where she worked as a "Pantry Girl" [it is possible she was actually living with the Bowens at the time, bu>
      t the enumerator counted the people where they were physically present when he came around]. The Nebraska 1885 census shows that she lived adjacent to her mother and stepfather in Ainsworth, Nebraska>
      , and her own statement later on in her deposition indicates that she worked as a waitress in Hastings, Nebraska, during the summer of 1880.
      Sometime prior to June, 1880, Nina married a Mr. Redwood, probably John Redwood who was living in Detroit about 1 mile from the hotel where she worked as a "pantry girl" at the time of the 1880 cen>
      sus. [There was a Harry Redwood also living near Detroit. There was also a Redwood family living in Richland County, Nebraska at that time, and another Redwood family in northwestern Kansas]. The>
      re was no entry in the 1880 census regarding Nina's marital status, and both the Redwood's in the Detroit area are shown as single. John Redwood was living with his stepfather's family, and Harry w>
      as a boarder with a family in Springwells, Wayne, Michigan. Nina's first husband died prior to June, 1885, when she was shown as a widow during the Nebraska census.
      While working as a waitress at the "Phillips House" [probably The "St. Louis House", operated by a Mr. Phelps] in Hastings, Nebraska, when she was about 18 [ca 1800], Nina talked to a customer whom>
      she later thought might have been her biological father.
      Nina moved into her own place near Ainsworth, Brown, Nebraska, probably on the Franklin homestead. Montgomery P. Harris, a lawyer, was boarding with the Franklins, and on 29 June, 1885, Nina and>
      Montgomery married in Ainsworth.
      They returned to Montgomery's home town of Sandy Hill, Washington, New York before June, 1900. Their address in 1910 was 28 Elizabeth Street.
      Nina & Montgomery Harris moved to Norfolk shortly after the end of the war where Mr. Harris worked for about two years, probably as a carpenter.
      On 11 June, 1921 she was visiting her daughter, Beatrice May [Harris] Brayman at 6 1/2 Sarella Street, Glens Falls, New York. Her husband planned to join her there in August or September 1921 an>
      d they were moving from Norfolk (presumably back to the Glens Falls area).
      At the time of the 1930 US census on 9 April, 1930, Nina was at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Beatrice & Frank Brayman, who lived on Fort Edward Road, Moreau township, Saratoga, New York>
      . She was a widow at that time and showed her occupation as a nurse.
      Grace Spiliopoulos, shown as Frank Brayman's sister-in-law, may have been Nina's daughter, too.[CONFIRMED]
      Nina had an adopted baby daughter, Marylyn Harris who was 10 months old at the time.
      On 18 September 1943 Nina May was living at No. 15 Bacon St., Glens Falls, New York.
      Nina May Harris died at her home at #15 Bacon Street from the effects of Arterio Sclerosis on 12 February, 1945 at aproximately 17:40. She had suffered from symtoms for 2 months, 27 days.
      She was buried at Union Cemetery at Fort Edward, New York, on 15 February, 1945.
      The death certificate indicates that she had been a nurse.
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  • Sources 
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