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View Tree for Mary Jane QuayMary Jane Quay (b. 29 May 1861, d. 27 April 1876)

Mary Jane Quay (daughter of James Quay and Mary Ann Roberts) was born 29 May 1861 in New York813, and died 27 April 1876 in Forester, Michigan814.

 Includes NotesNotes for Mary Jane Quay:

Mary Jane Quay, nicknamed Minnie, was the subject of a "ghost story" in Port Sanilac, Michigan. She supposedly jumped into Lake Huron and drowned, despondent over a lost boyfriend, supposedly lost in a storm at sea.

The following is from the Geneological Death Indexing System - Michigan

Date of death: 27-Apr-1876
Ledger Page: 71
Record Number: 93
Place of death: Forester
County of Death: Sanilac
Sex: Female
Race: Not Recorded
Marital Status: Single
Age: 15 years 11 months
Cause of Death: Suicide By Drowning
Birthplace: New York
Occupation: None
Father's Name: Quay, James
Father's Residence: Forester Mich
Mother's Name: Quay, Mary
Mother's Residence: Not Recorded
Date of record: 5-Jun-1877

Friday May 12, 1876 (Date of Newspaper)
A young girl named Minnie QUAY, about fifteen years of age, committed suicide by throwing herself into the lake from Smith's dock, at Forester, one afternoon last week. She was seen in the act of jumping by her little brother, who was on shore. A quick alarm was given, and men commenced at once to grapple for the body, but it was an hour before it was discovered. Her father is a mechanic in Smith's mill, and is highly respected. No cause is assigned for the rash act.
Source: Fowlerville Review

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