Mrs. J. D. Bateham was born as Josephine Penfield and was brought up and educated at Oberlin, Ohio. After a year of post-graduate study she married Rev. R. Cushman and went as missionary to St. Marc, Hayti, where they established a school. Her husband died and she returned home. She subsequently married Mr. Bateham and they resided in Columbus, Ohio for 14 years. They jointly edited the Ohio Cultivator. They later moved to Painesville, Ohio. They had seven children; Minnie Bateham was their oldest daughter.
Nancy Naber. From the book she wrote about her daughter Minnie: The Invalid Singer: Life and Writings of Minnie D. Bateham, published in 1895 by James H. Earle, Publisher. Go to person page >