Minnie Sela Couch

13 January 1890–5 December 1976 (Age 86)
Belle Fourche, Butte, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Minnie Sela

When Minnie Sela Couch was born on 13 January 1890, in Belle Fourche, Butte, South Dakota, United States, her father, George Washington Couch, was 41 and her mother, Mary Ann Leslie, was 34. She married John Roberts Wills on 24 June 1906. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Billings, North Dakota, United States in 1920 and Golden Valley, North Dakota, United States in 1925. She died on 5 December 1976, in Belle Fourche, Butte, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche, Butte, South Dakota, United States.

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John Roberts Wills
Minnie Sela Couch
Marriage: 24 June 1906
Nellie C Will
Oscar Robert Will
Alma Leda Wills
June Alice Will

Spouse and Children

24 June 1906


    Nellie C Will



    Alma Leda Wills


    June Alice Will


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 8

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 23

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

Name Meaning

1 Cornish and Welsh: nickname for a red-haired man, from cough, coch ‘red(-haired)’. Compare Gough .2 English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of beds or bedding, or perhaps a nickname for a lazy man, from Middle English, Old French couche ‘bed’, a derivative of Old French coucher ‘to lay down’, Latin collocare ‘to place’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Minnie S Wills, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Minnie S Wills, "South Dakota State Census, 1935"
  • Minnie Wills, "South Dakota State Census, 1915"

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