Re: Minerva Dorrell, b. about 1851, daughter of Stephen
Hi Lynda -
I've also been trying for a long time to figure out what happened to poor Minerva, including searching endless variations of her name in the census and MO death certificate databases. Just today I *finally* found her in the 1900 census, living on West 6th Street in Joplin, Jasper County, MO. The last name is badly mangled by the censustaker as "Ovanion," but I am sure it is her. She is listed as married, b. Nov 1850 in MO, father b. KY, mother b. IN, and she is a dressmaker. Living with her is her oldest son Andrew, b. Dec. 1866 in MO, father b. KY, mother b. MO - he is a housepainter and is listed as widowed. I just submitted the index correction to Ancestry so you should be able to find them in the index soon.
Meanwhile, I rechecked the Greene County, MO divorce index and found no record of Minerva and Phelix/Felix ever divorcing. Since Minerva still listed herself as married in 1900, I wonder if they ever did divorce. However, Phelix remarries in 1909, so my current theory is that Minerva passed away between the June 1900 census and the May 1909 date of Phelix's remarriage. This would explain why we can't find her in the 1910 census or in the MO death certificate database, which starts from January 1910. I can't find Andrew in 1910 either, although he died at the State Hospital at Nevada on 27 Dec 1916.
I am a descendant of Minerva's sister Elizabeth and her husband Rolla Carter, so lately I have been trying to untangle the very messy web of Dorrells and O'Banions. These families are among the most difficult lines of any I have due not only to the multitude of ways their names tend to be spelled but also to their often tumultuous lives. Are you a descendant of Minerva? I would love to exchange information to see if what I've found is correct.