|Olive Monroe's photograph from her certificate of naturalization.|
Olive Monroe was my great-great-grandmother. Born on November 11, 1877 in New Canada, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, she was the daughter of Henry Feener, a farmer, and Mary Ellen Smith. She grew up on a farm in New Germany with older sister Hattie, younger sister Maud May, and younger brother, James Lemuel.
She married twice, the first to William C. Wentzell on September 19, 1892 in New Canada, and the second to Harvey Dennis Monroe on December 13, 1897 in Clementsport, Annapolis, Nova Scotia. She had four children, William N. Wentzell (born 1895), Lemuel Raymond Monroe (b. 1898), Elsie Jean Monroe (b. 1900/1901), and Maud M. Monroe (b. 1902).
In the early 1900's (after the birth of Maud), Olive and her family left Nova Scotia and immigrated to the United States, first residing in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and later Brockton, Massachusetts, where Olive would remain until her death on May 2, 1963. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States on October 19, 1945 at the age of sixty-six.
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