Virginia “Jennie” Queen

Wife of Frank Bartel

And Charles Richmond

Jennie Queen7 (Benjamin F. Queen6, Frances “Fanny” Eby5, Benjamin Eby4, Michael Eby3, Christian Eby2, Theodorus Eby1) was born 20 MAR 1874 at Thornville, Fairfield, County, OH; died 4 SEP 1956 at Toledo, Lucas County, OH; buried at Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania, Lucas County, OH.

Jennie Queen Bartel was found in the 1900 Toledo census with her first husband Frank, living on Mount Rose Avenue, Adams twp., Lucas Co. Frank, 25, is employed as a hammerman.  Jennie, 26, has borne three children, but young Benjamin, age four, is the only one living.  Grace and Bessie arrive later.

Frank left the family about 1905. (More on the Bartel Family in following section.)

Jennie married the brother of Frank's friend Henry Richmond.  A news clipping discovered in an old family Bible was shared during the 1993 family reunion.  The clipping indicated that Charles Richmond and Jennie were married 21 JUN(no year) at the home of the bride's parents on Water Street, Thornville, OH.  The Rev. A. Harmount officiated.

Henry Richmond of Hamlin and Alberta Queen of Columbus Grove, were attendants.  This clipping provided more questions that answers.  The year of the wedding is not given, athough the family estimates that it must have ocurred between 1905 and 1910.  Henry (Charles' brother) and Alberta (Jennie's sister) were married to each other -- but this clipping would indicated that they were not yet married.

Charles and Jennie's family eventually moved from Toledo to nearby Sylvania, OH, and lived on what was called "Richmond Road."  Jennie's children were raised by Jennie and her second husband -- and Richmond's memory is held in great love and esteem by the family.

Charles had one daughter by a previous marriage who was last known to be living in Texas.  Jennie and Charles had twins who died in infancy. (There are informal snapshots of Jennie holding each of them up outside the home in the light for the photographer, following their deaths.)

Charles Richmond, born in 1876, died 4 SEP 1938 at 63 years of chronic myocarditis, and was buried in the soldiers and sailors section of the Toledo Memorial Park,  Sec. 6, grave 31.  He had served in both the Spanish American War (for which service he had received a letter of commendation from President Theodore Roosevelt) and in World War (for which service he received a disability pension due to a wartime mustard gas incident.)  His funeral was conducted 7 SEP 1938 from the Olivet Lutheran Church, Sylvania.

Jennie, 82, died 4 SEP 1956 of a cerebral embolism, and was buried in sec. 2, lot 646, grave 2, next to her daughter Bessie in the same cemetery.

The 1920 census indicates that, at least for a time, Bessie, now 14, was living with her sister Grace, now Mrs. Joseph Wolfinger.  The family lived at 3414 Chase Street, Toledo.

Grandpa Richmond drove a Model A Ford, always, even when they were difficult to find.  Richmond also raised rabbits and branded them, reports a fascinated granddaughter Ellen.   Ellen lived with her grandparents, Charles and Jennie, following her own parents divorce (around age 6) until Charles' last illness and death (1938 -- about age 16).

(On June 29, 2000, the ashes of Jennie's granddaughter Ellen Jane (Bartelle) Shullaw were buried "with her grandmother" as she had requested.  The urn is placed between the grave of Jennie and the grave of Jennie's daughter Bessie, where Ellen remembers "picnicking under the tree" with her grandmother as a child.)

Jennie and Frank were the parents of:

a.         Benjamin Claude, born 29 JUN 1896

b.         Grace, born 17 NOV 1900

c.         Bessie, born in 1905.

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