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Ellen 'Nellie' (Boyd) Mundelle

Ellen "Nellie" (Boyd) Mundelle was born in May 1866/1869 and was raised northeast of Greenfield, Hancock County, IN, the adopted daughter of William E. and Maria J. (Bush) Boyd

Nellie's sister, Anna Belle (Boyd) Sears, also was adopted and raised by the Boyds. They attended local schools and spent their early years in the community.

On Nov. 28, 1889, at the age of 33, Nellie married 38-year-old Elmer E. Mundelle (July 1861- ? ), son of Martha Mundelle and a resident of Columbus, OH. The nuptials were held in the home of Nellie's parents. News of their marriage license and wedding was printed in the Greenfield's Hancock Democrat.

They are not believed to have reproduced.

The newlyweds immediately settled in Columbus, Franklin County, OH. Elmer was employed as a "commercial traveler," otherwise known as a traveling salesman. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1900, the pair dwelled in Columbus. Estella Hussman, age 29, boarded in their household that year.

By 1910, the couple had migrated to Detroit and resided on Philadelphia Avenue. Nellie's widowed mother lived under their roof at the time, as did a lodger and a servant. Census records for that year list Elmer's occupation as "Salesman - Implements."   

The Mundelles relocated before 1914 to Indianapolis, Marion County, IN, with Elmer becoming a salesman for an oil company. She is known to have traveled back to her hometown of Greenfield in December 1914 to visit her sister Anna Belle Sears. She returned to the Sears residence again in June 1915.

The U.S. Census for 1920 shows them in what appears to have been a hotel or large rooming house at 124 East New York Street. By 1927, they had moved into a home at 1005 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis.

Washington Street looking east from Illinois Street, Indianapolis

Nellie suffered from "acute nephritis" and died from its effects in City Hospital in Indianapolis on Jan. 21, 1927. Her remains were brought to Greenfield for funeral services and burial in the Park Cemetery, in the lot of her parents. The services were conducted in the rites of the Christian Scientist Church, with Oakes Lineback serving as reader and Dora Andrews as musical soloist. An obituary in the Greenfield Daily Reporter said that among Nellie's survivors was a brother, Michael Thompson of Rushville, IN, as well as nieces Mrs. Chester Hutton of Greenfield, Mrs. Kathryn Wing of Indianapolis and Mrs. Fleming Farmer of Charleston, WV.

Elmer survived his bride by a year. Toward the end he was admitted to a hospital in Julietta, IN. Death carried him away into eteernity at age 65 on Jan. 16, 1929. The Hancock Democrat identified his survivors as his sister Mrs. John Werl of near New Castle, IN and his brother A.B. Mundelle of Indianapolis.

They rest today in unmarked graves.

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