Week 26 marks the halfway point in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge set by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small. She suggests that for this halfway point we use “Halfway” as a theme for this post. Marie/a Duryee/a is an ancestor I’ve only halfway researched at best.
I posted in week 5″Plowing Through” about my ancestor John W Hall. John married Maria Duryea. Together they had 11 children, 10 of whom I have identified. Marie’s name was sometimes written as Mary, Marie, and most often that I’ve found, Maria. Her maiden name was Duryee or Duryea. In the 1875 census after John W Hall’s death she is simply Mrs. Hall, living with her son John P Hall. Her tombstone inscription gives her age at death as 83 years, 1 month, 8 days and gives date of death as 14 November 1878. Calculated, she was born about 6 Oct 1795, in Montgomery county New York. No record of birth, baptism, marriage or death has been found.
I’ve not been able to conclusively prove her parents, although it is likely they were Frederick Duryee and Geerity Sutphen. This is my working theory and it is supported by:
- DAR application materials for several descendants of Frederick through Marie/a’s siblings, listing a daughter Marie or Maria, [sometimes with the name “Polly” as a nickname or middle name] for Frederick. Most are unsourced (as Marie was not the descendant of interest to prove for DAR membership). However I have also found one including a family bible transcript providing for a Maria Duryee born 12 Oct 1795 to Frederick Duryee.
- Those same DAR files also provide that Marie/a married John Hall.
- Frederick Duryee is found in Montgomery county in 1799 tax assessments. Maria was reportedly born in Montgomery county per New York State census records.
- I have a DNA match through Ancestry DNA that seems to only share as common ancestors: Frederick Duryee and Geerity Sutphen. She is descended through one of Maria’s assumed siblings.
That said, although I have reasonable circumstantial evidence to propose the case for Frederick and Geerity Duryee as Maria’s parents, I am less than halfway there to prove it.
Edith (Van Heusen) Becker in collaboration with Melvin W. Lethbridge, “Tombstone Inscriptions, Montgomery County, NY,” Cemetery on the Glen-Riders Corners Road, Glen, Montgomery County, N.Y. Map No. 20., New York Geneological and Biographical Record, Vol. 60, No. 2, Apr 1929, 191.
“New York State Census, 1865,” Charleston, ED 02, Montgomery, New York, digital image, Familysearch, http://www.familysearch.org, accessed 16 Aug 2011, population schedule, ED 02, image 4/29, p. 7, dwelling 44, family 48, John W Hall.
Membership applications, Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Library, 1776 D Street NW Washington, D.C. 20006.
Ancestry.com. New York, Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799-1804 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.