Hi again Kyle,
The information concerning Lavina "Mina" (Smith) Skiff is very sketchy. On ancestry.com about 10 people have her as either Lavina or Lovina "Mina" Smith born in 1791 in Madison county NY. Note it seems that people used Lavina, Lovina, and Levina interchangeably. I have her as Lavina because that is way it is written in the Lathrop and Levina (Skiff) Woods family history. That family had the history researched by a professional genealogist. However, neither he or the people he interviewed were able to provide the parents or death date and place of Lavina "Mina" Smith. And this is in spite of the fact that that those interiviewed were able to provide extensive info on the Woods family, but apparently were only able to provide Lavina "Mina" Smith's name.
Her husband, James P Skiff 1792 to 1869, is buried in the Burham Hollow Cemetery in Arkwight. I have not visited the cemetery, but it is probably worth a visit to see if Lavina is buried there too. If she is it might at least provide the date of her death. I plan on visiting the cemetery this fall and will let you the results.
I think the Mina listed in the 1860 census is the same person even though her birth date is given as 1802 vs 1791. I have found many discrepancies like this in numerous census records. I think is probably unlikely that James would have been married to 2 women with the nickname of Mina.
Personally, I think she probably died sometime after her husband James and could be buried in either western PA (Crawford or Erie county) or Chautauqua county. I should also advise you that several of the 10 people on ancestry.com have placed her death in 1831.
Please let me know if and when you find any more information on Lavina "Mina." Take care.
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