Minnie Peyton

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Minnie Peyton

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  • Minnie P. Smith
  • Dadie Smith

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d. 1956

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Minnie Peyton was the daughter of John Peyton Jr. of Twillingate, Newfoundland. She worked for Cecil and Minnie Bowen as one of their housekeepers when they lived on Pilley’s Island, Newfoundland in the early 1890s. She returned to Sherbrooke with the couple and became nursemaid to their daughter Rose Meredyth (b. 1893) and their son Cecil Lloyd (b. 1903). Sometime between 1893 and 1903, she was married to a Mr. Percy, but he died around 1919. She was remarried September 25, 1924 to Frederick Ernest Smith, but they eventually divorced, though she kept the surname Smith. She also served as nursemaid for each of Rose’s four children. She was affectionately known as “Dadie” by all of the children she cared for. The nickname originated with a young Rose, who was told that a nice “lady” was coming to stay with her. When she arrived, Rose ran to meet her, crying “Dady’s here!” (i.e. “Lady is here!”) and the name stuck, so from then on she was known as Dadie Smith. Cecilia and Sylvia (two of Rose’s daughters) each gave one of their children the middle name “Peyton” to honour Dadie. Though not related by blood, she was a beloved member of the Bowen and Eardley-Wilmot families. Minnie died in 1956.

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