Happy birthday to you Florence Hunter. You were born 150 years ago today!
You are my maternal great grandmother. I feel as though I know you from all the research I've done. I’m blessed to have many pictures of you.
You were born on 7 Aug 1869 in Newport, Campbell, Kentucky to James Gillen Hunter (1832-1894) & Susan Caroline Boggs (1842-1913).
You first married Robert Edward Bowden on 10 Mar 1887, at age 17, in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. You and Robert had two daughters, my grandmother, also named Florence, born 31 Jan 1888 and Edna, born 1 Jan 1890.
You and Robert divorced in 1899 and you next married George Keatley Bell (1870-1952), on 16 Oct 1904. You were married until your death in 1946. He died 2 Nov 1952.
I remember my grandma telling me that you ran a boarding house. In fact, it was at that very place that she met my grandfather, Joseph A. Milne.
One of the earliest photos I have is actually a 4 generation portrait taken sometime around 1907, after the birth of your first grandchild, Dorothy Irene Milne.
Back row-L-R - Florence Hunter and her daughter Florence. Seated is Florence Hunter's mother, Susan C. Boggs and baby Dorothy Milne, her first grandchild
The next picture is a lovely group picture of you and five of your six sisters.
Here are several more photos I have put together in a video.
(You can enlarge the video to full screen in the lower right hand corner)
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You died 4 years before I was born, on 27 May 1946 at Osteopathic Hospital in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri. You were 76 years, 9 months and 20 days old. You died after a fall at home that fractured your right femur.
I wish we could have met. I have SO many questions I need to ask you. How fun it would be to sit down and chat. I bet you would have many stories to tell me. Your daughter, my grandmother, was the original family historian and passed that love along to me.
Rest in peace great grandmother.
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