Don't believe everything you read in the newspaper....

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I started my day with a goal of researching Anna Agnew Davis Doll, the second wife of Minnesota governer Cushman Kellogg Davis. And wow, did I find a lot in various newspapers! I know not to believe everything, so I still have some questions.

1. I can't find a source for her birthdate.
2. Did she really marry (at 14) a "Mr. Evans"?
3. Was her father "William Agnew" or "Richard Chester Agnew".

I created a Research page with all my research notes. I tried to find information and sources on her siblings, too.

Does anyone have experience with Minnesota genealogy or the Agnew family? Or can you suggest where I could look next? I did check out Ancestry, but didn't find much additional there.

WikiTree profile: Anna Doll
in Genealogy Help by Susan Hughes G2G6 Mach 3 (39.1k points)

2 Answers

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Or Edward C Agnew from Ireland
by Lois Tilton G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
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Her marriage record to Davis says she is 22 and he is 41: "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 October 2017), Cushman K. Davis and Anna M. Agnew, 01 Sep 1880, Hampton, Franklin, Iowa, United States; citing reference Bk 1 & 2, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,481,258.

First marriage record: "Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 May 2020), James L Evans and Anna Maria Agnew, 1869.

The first marriage record seems to be most accurate; it includes a statement that permission to marry was given by her father, Edward Agnew, since she was under the age of fifteen.  

And if this is all one person, here she is with her parents in the Minnesota census in 1857 at the age of 2: "Minnesota Territorial Census, 1857," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 August 2017), Anne M Agnew in household of Edward F Agnew, ; citing line 38, NARA microfilm publication T1175 (Washington D.C.: Central Plains Region, National Archives, n.d.); FHL microfilm 944,283.

by Kathie Forbes G2G6 Pilot (592k points)
edited by Kathie Forbes
I wouldn't be surprised if some of those census records turned out to be for different persons.

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