Nellie was born on 26 Oct 1863 in Illinois. (Find a Grave)
1880 — she was a 16 year old servant living in the household of Charles A. Manaige (b. 1827) and his wife Mary Louise in Hilton, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Her future husband (1881), Frank, was not living there at the time. (1880 census)
She married Frank Manaige on 8 January 1881 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. (MOMS)
The following was reported in the Daily Northwestern:
Children Burned to Death
Mankato, May 26  — The house of Frank Manaige at St. Clair,
fifteen miles from this city, was burned yesterday, and two
of his children, a nine-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy,
were burned to a crisp, the remainder of the family having
narrowly escaped. One child was dropped out of a second-story
widow and saved, and Mrs. Manaige saved herself by jumping
from a second-story widow. She remained in the burning house
in search of her missing children until almost overcome by smoke,
and was forced to leave. The fire originated from a gasoline stove
which the older daughter was attempting to light.
She died 13 March 1897 (aged 33) and is buried in McPherson Union Cemetery, Saint Clair, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. (Find a Grave)
1880 Federal Census for Hilton, Blue Earth, Minnesota; Roll: 615; Page: 276B; Enumeration District: 003: Township 107-25. The Town of McPherson. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 20 November 2020), memorial page for Nellie J “Mrs Frank in 1881” Power Manaige (26 Oct 1863–13 Mar 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13238895, citing McPherson Union Cemetery, Saint Clair, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Sherry Bradley (contributor 47222366) .
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