Malinda was probably named for her aunt, Malinda Davee. Her maiden name on the death certificate of daughter, Kate, looks like Daupree rather than Davee. Her middle initial was recorded on various documents both as K and C.
Edna Powell Van Gundy said her grandmother was married three times:
1. The first died in the Civil War. (Verified as Jacob Parker by various records and descendants.)
2. She divorced because he beat the children. (Verified as Calvin Gipson. Whether they actually divorced is unknown as Calvin died 3 months after the birth of their last child.)
3. A Mr. Miller. (Verified as John Miller by marriage records)
Much of the information on her life was contained in records of the pension she received based on Jacob Parker's Civil War service.
Events in her life:
10/21/1867 Prairie City, Cumberland Co, IL. As guardian of her 3 Parker sons, she made a financial report to the court, referring to her brother, Zachariah, as their "former guardian."
12/1875 Jasper Co, IL. She posted $400 bond as guardian of son William Parker. She signed along with a Calvin Pursifield, (unreadable Pippin?) and Jenny Davee.
1880 Crooked Creek Twp, Jasper Co, IL was where the census taker found her as a widow with 6 children, all named Gibson. Malinda was 39 years old and the children were: Riley, 23, Benjamin, 21, Jane, 13, Margaret 11, Mary, 9, and Catherine, 7. Next door lived the family of step-son Frank and Amanda Gipson.
8/19/1901 Jasper Co, IL. In county property assessment records under the name of Calvin Gipson and Malinda Miller, the following land was valued at $550: S 1/2 of NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of S5 T8 R10E.
9/3/1901 Moultrie Co, IL. In a General Affadavit in the matter of Restoration of Pension, John Martin & Cicero Gilbreath testified that Malinda owned no real property or dowry rights in that county. She did own kitchen furniture worth $25 and one cow, also worth $25.
1910 Moultrie Co, IL. In the census her name was again Gipson and she was living with son, Jacob Parker, and granddaughter, Jennie Mack. The census taker also recorded that she had birthed 7 children but only 4 were still living. Which listed child was not hers?
9/21/1916 Marne, Cass Co, IA. In the Entitlement of Increase of Pension it states Malinda Miller was 76 years old, listed her birth date and place and current resident in IA.
She was mentioned in a letter written by daughter, Kate Powell, in 1910, saying Grandma Gipson was well.
She either moved west with the Parker children or joined them there later.