Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jesse Benoni Warren--Ruby Snow Jensen's first husband

I was telling my mother about finding my grammy in the census and about learning that Ruby Snow had been married before, and she told me about Ruby's first husband, Jesse Benoni (not sure about that spelling) Warren. I found them in the US Census for 1910 in Groveland, Bingham, Idaho (Mom clued me in to the location by mentioning that they had moved to Blackfoot). They are on page 4, family number 62.

Mom said that Jesse died of appendicitis, and after that Ruby moved back to Mapleton, UT. Then she married Hans Peter Jensen, who had been a high school friend.

So, here's what we learn from the census:

Jesse B. Warren

  • 26 years old
  • Born in Utah
  • Parents born in Utah
  • Speaks English
  • Farmer
  • able to read and write
  • There are a couple more things at the end of the line, but the right side of the page is difficult to read.
Jesse and Ruby had been married for 6 years.

Ruby S.
  • Her name is misspelled as Rubby.
  • 25 years old
  • At this point, the mother of 4 children, all still living.
  • Born in Utah
  • Parents born in Utah
  • Speaks English
  • Able to read and write
  • Mabel
    • daughter
    • 5 years old
    • not attending school
  • Berten J.
    • Son
    • 3 years old
  • Welby S.
    • Son
    • 1 year old
  • Eva
    • Daughter
    • 1 month old
Welby is in the 1930 Mapleton, Utah census living with Ruby and her second husband Hans Peter Jensen, who is my great-grandfather (see this post). I wonder where her other three children ended up after Jesse died. Welby was 21 at that point, so all of them were at sort of grown-up ages.

My mom told me about a daughter named Evelyn (Eva?) who pulled a mosquito net over herself when she was a tiny baby. They found her and were able to revive her, and she survived, but always had health problems after that--Mom said it was her heart.

Jenna V Jensen Warthen in the 1930 census

After much frustration, I found my grammy in the 1930 census. The problem was that her name was spelled wrong in the census, but after Ryan suggested looking up her father, I found her.

Jenna V Warthen is found in the 1930 census in Mapleton, Utah, Utah. She's on Sheet 5A, the family number is 88, and the family starts on line 24.

Her father was Hans Peter Jensen. The census just has Peter Jensen. My mom says he went by Peter. From the sheet we learn:

  • He owned their home.
  • They lived on a farm.
  • He was 48 at his last birthday.
  • He was married (to Ruby S.--S. stands for Snow).
  • He was 32 when he was first married.
  • He had not attended school or college since Sept. 1, 1929 (the year before).
  • He was able to read and write.
  • He was born in Utah.
  • His parents were born in Denmark.
  • He was a farmer.
Her mother was Ruby S. (Snow) Jensen.
  • She was 45 at her last birthday.
  • She was 20 when she was first married (to Jesse B. Warren). This was her second marriage. "Welba Warren" is her son from her previous marriage. (More on that in another post)
  • She had not attended school or college since Sept. 1, 1929.
  • She was able to read and write.
  • She was born in Utah.
  • Her parents were born in Utah.
Children listed are:
  • Elmo M.
    • a son
    • age 14
    • attended school
    • was able to read and write
  • Aline
    • a daughter
    • age 9
    • attended school--doesn't say if she could read or write yet
  • Ruth
    • a daughter
    • age 7
    • attended school--doesn't say if she could read or write yet
  • Jenav.--this is actually Jenna V, but it is spelled wrong on the census, which is why I had a hard time finding her
    • age 3
Last is Welba Warren. Is this mis-recorded? I've always heard him called Welby, and that is how it is written in the 1910 census.

  • Peter's step-son--one of Ruby S.'s children from her first marriage
  • age 21
  • not attending school
  • able to read and write
  • both parents born in Utah (Ruby S. and Jesse B. Warren)
  • laborer--a farmer (for Peter or for someone else?)