Debbie, you can see Minnie's death certificate and save/print it. You have to establish a user name and password to access the Texas death certificates. The website is free. The death certificate lists cause of death as "Pellagra"
Pellagra is a vitamin deficiency disease most commonly caused by a chronic lack of niacin (vitamin B3) in the diet. It can be caused by decreased intake of niacin or tryptophan, and possibly by excessive intake of leucine. It may also result from alterations in protein metabolism in disorders such as carcinoid syndrome. A deficiency of the amino acid lysine can lead to a deficiency of niacin, as well.
Photo of double headstone for Chas Harvey & Minnie "Lue" Reavis, Hopewill Cemetery, Upshur County. Her middle initial was "R" on census records. Obvious that someone had the stone placed after they both died. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txupshur/art/Cemeteries/Ho...
It appears that Charles Harvey Reavis farmed out his children that were still minors after Minnie died from what you know about your father's history.
C H Reavis remarried and as noted from 1940 census was living in Mineola in 1940 with 2nd wife Lucy Ann Carroll and the children they had together.
Charles Harvey Reavis Jr Was living with his aunt Lou Ila Reavis Steelman in Upshur county in 1940 census.
Head Charlie Steelman 46 Texas
Wife Lou Ila Steelman 41 North Carolina 14 Sept 1898 died in Upshur Co 11 May 1960 father Lee Reavis mother Sallie Holden
Son Jessie E Steelman 20 Texas
Daughter Mavis Steelman 17 Texas
Daughter Hazel Steelman 12 Texas
Nephew Charlie Reavis 16 Texas
You can also see your father's original birth certificate on the same website which says he was the 4th child born to Minnie Wright. If that is true then Lena Rosemarie Reavis was not her daughter born 1913. However, Minnie said she was 15 when she married and age given in 1930 census was 32 so I presume she was.
1930 Residence: Mineola, Wood County, Texas
Harvey Reavis 38 NC
Minnie R Reavis 32 TX
1. Marie Reavis 16 (Lena Rosemarie)
2. Therman L Reavis 14
3. Ila Ruth Reavis 12 married Hubert Leon Tyner
4. Charlie H Reavis 5
NAME: Rosemarie R. Burton
BIRTH: 11 Aug 1913
DEATH: 25 May 2010 - Ormond Beach, Volusia, Florida, United States of America
CIVIL: New Jersey
Do you know the name of the Johnson family that raised your father ? I can not find him in 1940 census as Billy E Johnson.
Name: Thurman Lee Reavis
Event Date: 15 Sep 1961
Event Place: Mesquite, Dallas, Texas
Race (Original): W
Age (Formatted): 46 years
Birth Year (Estimated):
Birth Date: 18 Jul 1915
Birthplace: Gilmer, Texas
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: Charles H Reavis
Residence Place: Mesquite, Dallas, Texas
Cemetery (Original): Long Creek
Burial Place: Sunnyvale, Texas
Burial Date: 16 Sep 1961
Informant's Name (Original):Mrs. T L Reavis
GS Film number: 2116792
Digital Folder Number: 4166598
Image Number: 177
Reference ID: v X cn 51058
Do not find Thurman Lee Reavis in 1940 census.
Ila Ruth Reavis - Hubert Leon Tyner
Hugh Leon Tyner 16 Jan 1940 Harris County
08 April 1940 Houston Texas
H L Tyner 44 MS
Ruth Tyner 22 TX
James E Tyner 4 TX 1936
Barbara Tyner 2 TX 1938
H L Tyner 0 TX 1940 died in Harris Co 02 Aug 1980
1880 Wood Co TX
Joseph J T Wright 45 GA
Lucy A J Wright 43 NC
Albert Tombs? Wright 6 TX adopted son also known as Robert T Wright
Sarah Susan Jane GARNER Wright 42 AL says she is married
Ambrose E Wright 22 TX father born GA died in Freestone Co 1936
Joseph G Wright 10 born in Brazil
Ada Wright 7 born in Brazil
Melton Wright 4 born in Brazil
Crafford Wright 49 GA
Parthenia Wright 36 GA
Ida W L Wright 3 GA
Thersia? Anderson 36 GA single sister in law
Found an ancestral file that says Ambrose E Wright's father was Jesse Rosser Wright 1830 GA - 1899 Alba TX wife Sarah or Susan Jane Garner 1835 AL - 1899
Name: Ada Elizabeth Sanders
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 03 Jul 1965
Event Place: Mineola, Wood, Texas, United States
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 02 Apr 1875
Birthplace: Brazil, South America
Father's Name: Jessie D Wright
Certificate Number: 47468
GS Film number: 2117830
Digital Folder Number: 005164788
Image Number: 01001
dtr Ada Kennie Morrison informant, burial Salem Cemetery in Alba, she married John Henry Sanders.
Annie L Wright 22 TX 1898, Minnie's sister, 1920 Houston Co TX. . .unable to find out what happened to her.
WOOD COUNTY MARRIAGE RECORDS http://www.woodtx.org/woodmarriages.htm
1850; Census Place: Upshur, Upshur, Texas; Roll: M432_916; Page: 193B; Image: 31.
W B Bright 49 male VA - Wm R Wright
T Right 45 female NC - Theanna Wright
J R Right 19 - per attachments to census this is reported to be Jesse Rosser Wright
J J Right 17 male GA - would be Joseph
E Right 14 female GA
S H Right 6 male GA
S J Right 2 male GA
1860 Wood Co
J C Wright 38 NC
Sarah D Wright 32 KY
Edwin E Wright 6 TX
Augusta R Wright 3 TX
J J T Wright 24 GA
J R Wright 29 GA
Jane Wright 20 AL
Ambrose Wright 2 TX
I AM NOT RELATED.