|Edith Naoma Lane|
In 1925, when Edith was only 16 or 17 years old, she eloped with Clarence D. Mayes who was ten years her senior. They remained in Claiborne County, Tennessee, where both of their families lived. Clarence worked as a coal miner and Edith was a housewife. All this information is verified in the 1930 United States Federal Census. What I can't verify are the elopement stories told my mom, Betty, and my aunt, Ruth, Edith's younger sisters. My grandmother would have been pregnant with my mom, and Aunt Ruth would have been only eight years old when Edith and Clarence eloped. Both, however, often told stories about the night Edith snuck out of the house and met Clarence, and of how the two of them ran off through the fields, climbing over fences and rocks while my papaw yelled after them to stop.
|Edith Lane with her second husband, Earl|
|Sisters Ruth and Edith Lane|
At some point after 1930, Edith and Clarence divorced, and Aunt Edie moved to Cincinnati. My mom often talked of visiting her big sister in the city and of what fun that was. Aunt Edie would marry two more times. Her second husband, named Earl, I know very little about. Her third husband was Herbert William (Bill) Janssen who was born in Holland in 1899. Bill had been married previously as well and had a son, Eric. Aunt Edith never had any children of her own.
|Edith Lane Janssen|
1930 United States Federal Census
Tennessee Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909
New York Naturalization Records, 1897-1944
Commonwealth of Kentucky Certificate of Death #15409