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  • Name Mary Matilda HAND 
    Nickname Mate 
    Gender Female 
    Death Prob Sturgis,St. Joseph Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • I do not know if I have her with the correct parents. Because there are brothers and sisters who married here, she could be the daughter of Enoch HAND and Angeline HELSEL or she could be the daughter of Johnathan HAND and Mary Ann HELSEL. This is all I know about her so far.

      Excerpts from "A Family Named Hand" by Ethel Hand Armstrong -
      "One of father’s half sisters lived in town too. (Marcia's note: Sturgis, St. Joseph Co., MI) She was a widow and took in washing and ironing for a living. I can remember her so well trudging down the sidewalk hauling a wagon with a big basket of neatly ironed and folded clothes in it. She wore a sunbonnet almost year around and her skirts were full and just cleared the sidewalk. Her name was Mary Matilda but somehow it had been shortened to Mate and everyone called her Aunt Mate. We visited her once in awhile but we were never close to her."

      If she was still alive in 1920, this person could be her. I know she died before the Hand family left Sturgis for Kansas in 1921 but I do not know when she died or what her last name was. - Marcia Shears

      Surprisingly enough, after looking at all the Mary's and Matilda's in Sturgis in 1920 that were born in either OH or IN I only found one person that qualified with DOB and name. Not to mention the location of her home. The following person lived basically at the corner of Jefferson and Wenzel. The actual address is 405 S. Jefferson. I'm not saying it is Aunt Mate, but it gives us a starting point to look.

      Name: Matilda Phillips
      Age: 66 years
      Estimated birth year: 1853
      Birthplace: Indiana
      Race: White
      Home in 1920: Sturgis, St Joseph, Michigan
      Home owned: Owned free and clear
      Sex: F
      Marital status: Widowed
      Year of immigration:
      Able to read & write: Yes
      Roll: T625_796
      Page: 4B
      ED: 162
      Image: 0331

      If she was going by Matilda not Mary it would make sense that people would have called her Aunt "Mate".

      Kim Heeman
    Person ID I4799  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 26 October 2004 

    Father Enoch HAND,   b. about 1830   d. before May 1860 (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Mother Angeline HELSEL,   b. about 1834, OH Find all individuals with events at this locationd. October 1909, Findlay,Hancock Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Marriage 30 December 1852  Findlay,Hancock Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F700  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse ?   d. Yes Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1837  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart