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Rev. Della
« on: Monday 02 December 13 10:24 GMT (UK) »
Hi all , I am hoping someone can help me with this please. Was it unusual to have a female Rev. in USA during 1920 / 40 ?       

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Re: Rev. Della
« Reply #1 on: Monday 02 December 13 14:52 GMT (UK) »
My first assumption on seeing the thread title was that Della was the reverend's surname.

Do you know the location/denomination? It would be unusual but not completely unheard of.  One example:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52522298
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Re: Rev. Della
« Reply #2 on: Monday 02 December 13 15:31 GMT (UK) »
Thankyou for your reply jorose . All I know is Rev. Della Patton was in Indiana in 1941, and Patton was the name of her third husband. Previous names were Bolin, Cohoon and Mcgee her maiden name. I am sorry I don't know the denomination. I don't know where to look for information so any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Re: Rev. Della
« Reply #3 on: Monday 02 December 13 15:51 GMT (UK) »
Do you have her in census records?

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Re: Rev. Della
« Reply #4 on: Monday 02 December 13 16:07 GMT (UK) »
Only the 1920 census in Illinois shellyesq . I am curious as to how she became a Rev. maybe it is due to the denomination ? It seemed unusual to me considering the contemporary arguments of accepting women priests into the church.

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« Reply #5 on: Monday 02 December 13 16:29 GMT (UK) »
1840 or 1940?  What town was she living in?  If we can take a look at it, maybe we can find something that will help.

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Re: Rev. Della
« Reply #6 on: Monday 02 December 13 16:43 GMT (UK) »
I'm sorry I meant  the 1920 census , I have amended my previous post . She was living in Lawrence Illinois with her nephew Olin Andrews , her name was Bolin then.

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Re: Rev. Della
« Reply #7 on: Monday 02 December 13 17:05 GMT (UK) »
What information mentions her being a Reverend in 1941? 

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« Reply #8 on: Monday 02 December 13 17:19 GMT (UK) »
Marriage to Bolin (as Cohoon):
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K8B5-SLM
Shows her first marriage ended in divorce.  The marriage was carried out by the Rev. Anderson Bolin - some relation to the husband, I presume.

The Bolins appear to have been Evangelical Church.  Any chance she was a deaconess, or in some similar role,  rather than a reverend?

This could be her in 1940, with husband:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V1YX-NR1
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