Monday, June 9, 2008

Who was Susan Venters?

Susan Venters was the second wife of Joshua Mullins. She is always referred to as Susan Venters instead of the name she was born with. Susan Venters was born in 1851. She was the daughter of Joel Ellis and Eliza Agnes Bates Wright. She was the sister of William Jesse Wright. Joshua's son, James, eventually married Cora Wright, the daughter of Jesse Wright.

In the 1860 Letcher County Census, Joel Ellis Wright is 43 and Eliza 41. Their children are Solomon 19, John 16, Sarah 13, Susan is 9, William (Jesse) is 6 and Joel is 3.

Susan's brother Solomon was killed in 1862 during the Civil War.

In 1870 Joel is 52 and Elizabeth 50. William (Jesse) is 17, Martin 13 and Samuel 11.

Her brother Bad John Wright is in his own household.

Her sister, Sarah, has married Abraham Potter, the son of Isaac & Mary "Polly" Houston.

Susan is working as a domestic servant and living with a family named Schmedth who live in Richmond, Kentucky. Mr. Schmedth is a carriage maker.

In the same year as this census Susan has a child with Alexander Venters. He was the son of George Martin & Susan Clevenger Venters. The child is Louisa J. Venters, .

In the 1880 Letcher County census they are listed as

  • Elexander Venters, 28 head

  • Susana, 27, wife

  • Louisa 10

I found a marriage record that said Alexander Venters and Susan Wright married on July 21, 1883 in Letcher county.

Again, no 1890 census, so twenty years pass.

In 1900 Susan is in Millstone as 48, the head of her household living with her granddaughter, Susan J. age 9 and her niece Louisa J, who is 15. She also has a 30 year old boarder named Standerfer Wright.

I can't find Alexander or George Venters in the 1900 census.

Alexander married a Mary Miles in Nexperce, Lewis County, Idaho on April 10, 1907. It is the second marriage for them both. In the 1910 census Alex Venters is 62, Mary M. is 27 and her son, Miles, age 8 is living with them.

In 1909 Joshua and Susan Venters marry in Letcher County, Kentucky. In the 1910 Census they are listed as Joshua 41 and Susan 61. She is listed as having had one child who is living.

In 1912 Susan Wright Venters Mullins dies.

In 1913 Alexander & Mary Venters have a son, James in Idaho.

Alexander and Mary move back to Kentucky. In 1915 they have a son, William F. Venters in Pulaski County, Kentucky. Alexander's parents are back in Kentucky, also. In 1920 Alexander is 72, his wife Mary, 38, James C is 6, William F. is 4 and Miles Moore, the step-son is 17.

Alexander is back at least for a visit to Idao, for he dies there on January 3, 1923 at Granite, Bonner County, Idaho.

So, yes there was a Susan Venters, but that was her married name. She was Susan Wright, daughter of Joel Martin and Eliza Agnes Bates Wright.

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