“Minnie Quay (Winnie Gray)”


Slandered by a young man, sixteen-year-old (Minnie) finds that her parents have turned against her and wish her dead. She drowns herself in Lake Huron


[Beck notes that] Minnie Quay's tombstone can be found in the village of Forester, on the shore of Lake Huron. [The author of the song is] possibly William J. Smith, of Port Huron, Michigan. - PJS


  1. Laws G20, "Minnie Quay (Winnie Gray)"
  2. Beck 77, "Minnie Quay" (1 text)
  3. DT 835, MINIQUAY
  4. Roud #8850
  5. BI, LG20


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Found in: US(MW)