I have spent a lot of years researching this woman and every find brings even more questions. I am hoping someone can help or offer some insight. Malinda P. Dowd married W. Jeremiah Stewart about 1840. Jeremiah was killed 9 June 1849 on the steamboat Embassy. His personal effects returned to Malinda which I have in my possession at this time. Malinda P. Stewart, head of household, 1850 census Pultney Twp Belmont County Ohio listing children Charles and Emma, Emma being my great grandmother. Malinda P. Stewart listed as widow in both 1870 and 1880 Pultney Twp, Belmont County Ohio
In 1901 Malinda filed for and received Civil War widows benefits for her husband George Kyle. In the filing papers is a certified copy of marriage record stating that Malinda P. Stewart (widow of Jeremiah) and George Kyle were married 20 Jan 1853 by James Kelsey, justice of the peace. The record is certified by William F. Smith stating it is recorded in Vol 9 page 14 as required by law. Probate Court Belmont County Ohio.
George Kyle died of suspected poisoning while visiting at the home of Charles Rose on 19 August 1896 in Cabell County WV
Are you as confused as I am? How could Malinda have been a widow in 1870 and 1880 when George was alive in 1870 and 1880? Malinda P. Kyle died 12 Feb 1917 in Warren, Trumbull County Ohio. Age listed on her death certificate 117 years. She was either very poor in math or less than honest.
I have a lot of newspaper articles in which Malinda claimed to be the oldest woman in Ohio and one from Cabell County about the poisoning of George Kyle. No mention is made of a wife.
Could the marriage records provided in the pension claim be a forgery? When Malinda filed for the widows pension she was living in Warren Ohio 1901, near her daughter Emma.