Minerva Mindwell Small

October 1822–20 February 1914 (Age 91)
Bowdoin, Lincoln, Maine, United States

The Life of Minerva Mindwell

When Minerva Mindwell Small was born in October 1822, in Bowdoin, Lincoln, Maine, United States, her father, Nathaniel Small, was 25 and her mother, Hannah Card, was 30. She married Samuel A Adams about 1842. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Bowdoin, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States for about 40 years. She died on 20 February 1914, in Bowdoin, Lincoln, Maine, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in South Bowdoin Cemetery, Bowdoin, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States.

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Samuel A Adams
Minerva Mindwell Small
Marriage: about 1842
James Adams
Minerva Alice Adams
Elizabeth Jane Adams
David P Adams
Hannah Abbie Adams
Samuel C Adams
Mary E Adams
George W Adams
Nathan E. Adams

Spouse and Children

about 1842


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 10

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.

Age 24

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a person of slender build or diminutive stature, from Middle English smal ‘thin’, ‘narrow’.2 Translation of equivalents in other European languages, such as German Klein and Schmal , French Petit .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Minerva S Adams in household of Nathan E Adams, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Minerva Adams in household of S A Adams, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Minerva Adams in household of Samuel Adams, "United States Census, 1850"

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