This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Author: Gen_Deb56 Surnames: Classification: queries Message Board URL: http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.boice/222/mb.ashx Message Board Post: Researching Mary's son Joseph Newton Russell. He died two days after marrying Catherine Russell. Surprisingly, at the age of 27, he left a will. He leaves 1/2 of his estate to his niece, Mary Elizabeth Whitten, daughter of his sister Mary. I find them in the 1850 census of Fulton County, Illinois (Mr. Whitten apparently deceased by then), and 11 month old William Whitten. Newton lists Neice Mary as being left in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hamilton, so Sister Mary must be deceased by then (1855). I cannot find Niece Mary or her brother William anywhere other than 1850 census. My bigger question is about Sister Mary. Is she his "full" sister or half sister? Was Jacob Boice married before marrying the widow Russell (Mother Mary)? I could have sworn I saw somewhere that he was but cannot find it now. Sister Mary's birthdate is 1826 (ancestry.com's index has her birthday wrong but a close look at the digitalized record sure looks like age 24 to me, plus son Williams age is listed as 11 where the written record clearly lists 11 months.) Mother Mary's 1830 census record does not allow for Mary. Was she just missed? Jacob Boice does not have a record of his own in 1830 that I could find, was he part of the numeration for his father? Am also extremely interested in talking with anyone who has brought any of the lines of Mother Mary's children forward. None of her kids (with Joseph Russell) lived past age 34 and this husband died at age 30. Did her children with Jacob Boice live longer? What about longevity for grandchildren? What happened to the Whitten kids? Newton Russell talks about how sick he is in his will... Thank you for any input - ~Debbie~ Important Note: The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL link above and respond on the board.