15 January 2013

A NJ Governor's Sister In Lapeer County, MI

Joshua Manwaring's second wife was Margaret Fort (1853-1940), who was a sister of former Governor John Franklin Fort.  Joshua was a Lapeer County, Michigan, resident who had roots in New Jersey.  Margaret moved to Lapeer from New Jersey after her marriage to Mr. Manwaring (12 Nov 1895).  They were living in Lapeer in 1900.  Margaret was widowed and living back in New Jersey in 1930.

United States Census, 1870
estimated birth year: 1854
birthplace: New Jersey
home in 1870: New Jersey, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Andrew H Fort M 48y New Jersey
Hannah A Fort F 39y New Jersey
J Frank Fort M 18y New Jersey
Maggie B Fort F 16y New Jersey
Mary L Fort F 13y New Jersey
Hannie Fort F 8y New Jersey
Sarah Morton F 17y New Jersey
William Barker M 13y New Jersey
Catherine Turner F 7y New Jersey

Through the Burlington County, New Jersey, Library's newspaper index, more about the Fort family was learned.

Published on October 2, 1907, in the New Jersey Mirror:
...When Judge Fort arrived in Mount Holly on Thursday the first thing he did was to go straight to see his father, Andrew Fort...with his daughter, Mrs.Walter [Mary] Oliphant. The elder Fort is 86 years old...and expects to live to see him [his son] elected Governor of New Jersey. ...he [soon to be Governor Fort] found a number of ladies waiting to greet him, among them his aunts, Mrs. Arthur Thomas and Mrs. Charles B. Parsons; his sister, Mrs. Jacob C. [Hannah] Hendrickson, and Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. R. C. Barrington, and the Misses Hendrickson. 
In 1911 Margaret Fort Manwaring's father, Andrew Fort, died; her mother, Hannah, died in 1870, at age 40.

Margaret Fort Manwaring's brother, former Governor John Franklin Fort, died in 1920.

Margaret's nephew, Franklin W. Fort, a close friend of President Hoover, passed away at the Mayo Hospital in 1937.

Name: Manwaring, Margaret B.
Death Date: Jan 15, 1940
Place of Death: A convalescent home in Mount Holly
Publication: Mount Holly Herald
Jan 19, 1940
Notes: Age 86, s/o thr late John Franklin Fort & niece of the late George F. Fort, both former governors of NJ. Services were held at the home of her niece, Mrs. Richard B. Eckman, Mount Holly. Also survived by a sister. [see also ntc. sec.1, p.3:1]

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