Vincent (1863-1938), was Aaron Vincent's daughter and Oakley Vincent's
sister. She never married and explained why in a 1905 letter
(see below) to
her cousin Marion Kelly (1881-1955), Maud McLure Kelly's
sister. In the letter Ida says, " I do not like to have my age
thrown interruptuously in my face nor stigmatized as 'old maid.'
I have cheated some man of a wife it is not wholly my fault...
do not oppose marriage except when they are unsuited to each other,
i.e. disparities in education, moral training, temperament and race. I
have never married, more because I was never in a position to form a
This is a priceless example of 19th century values and the
and independence of this post-Civil War woman. -Ron.V
Link to the 1905 Letter from Ida Vincent to Marion Kelly or click HERE for a transcript