Lee County Biography


She was the adopted daughter of Christopher Columbus Van Deventer. Her grave marker gives her birth year as 1872. On the 1880 census she is enumerated as a five year old. In the 1900 census her birth year is 1875 and she is 25 years old. Her parentage has never really been acknowledged, though she is presumed to be a Van Deventer. On her application for a marriage license she gave her mother's name as Mary Van Deventer.

Mary Alice was Christopher Columbus Van Deventer's youngest child (1860) and only child with his third wife Ann Baker. Maude married Perry Elisha Deming on 31 December 1891 and they were the parents of two daughters: Esther Mae/1893, Edith Laberta/1899. She died in Colorado where the family had moved hoping for an improvement in her health. The services were held in the Baptist church of Paw Paw.

Contributed by Karen Holt


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