MARY ANN FONCE
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Mary Ann Fonce was born in 1805 according to her
tombstone and 1850 census. That same
Census said she was born in Delaware. We do not know
her parents. I can find no Fonce in Delaware, but there is
a 1820 Census in Oxford Chester County PA for a Jacob
Faunce with a female the right age.
Possible, but no way to prove it.
On Aug.23, 1827, a John
McCaulley married Mary Fonce in
Baltimore at First Methodist of Baltimore. Maryland
Marriages 1655-1850 The names and ages fit,
and Baltimore is not that far from New Castle county
Delaware So it is very possible that this is our
This information is from the 1850 Cecil county
Maryland Census. In the 3rd District,
Elkton is found the family of
John McCauley age 43 farmer born Delaware
Mary A. age 45 born Delaware
Mary H age 20 born Delaware
Ann Elizabeth age 16 born in Maryland
Julia D. age 14 born in Maryland
George G. age 12 born in Maryland, died 1872 and buried at Elkton Presbyterian church cemetery
The family had moved from Delaware to Maryland between
1830 and 1834. The McCaulley family had originated in
Cecil county a few generations before. New
Castle County and Cecil County adjoin each other with no
real barrier - no river, no mountain. One just flows
into the next so families moved states here easily.
There were a number of John McCaulleys in Delaware. I have not yet concluded which one is our family. The 1830 Delaware Census has 3 John McC in New Castle County.
1. John McCawley of Appoquidimink had 1 male 30-40, 1 female 30-40, 1 female 10-15. Doesn't fit.
2. John McCauley Jr. of
St. Georges had 1 male 20-30, 1 male 15-20, and 1 female
20-30. BEST BET, but who is the teenage boy
with them. Farm helper, younger brother? I
believe this could be our young couple, whose first child
was born after the census was taken. and the other
John McCauley would have been her father in law.
3. John McCauley of St. Georges had 1 male 20-30, 1 male 15-20,1 male 40-50, 1 male >100, nd 1 female 20-30, 1 female 30-40. This could fit, but which was John?
I have not been able to trace the males from Barney McCaulley to this
John, but it may be that the #3 John was Barney's
son and the male >100 is Barney, and #2 John
is Barney's grandson, our John from this
story.. I have Record from First
Presbyterian church of Wilmington that John
McCaulley died June 19, 1864 from the old age of 84
years. That would fit the age given for #3 John.
I really don't know and wish I did.
The 1840 census none of the above John's were in Delaware.
The family could not be found on the 1860 census in Cecil County. Their where abouts are unknown until their death.
The Elkton Presbyterian Church Cemetery is right
behind the church building on the main street of
Elkton, Cecil County. There are two smallish
rectangular tombstones and one that stands upright.The
upright one reads "In memory of Mary Ann wife
of John McCaulley departed this life 1874 in the
70th year of her age."
So after Mary Ann died, John wed a young
woman in 1875 who was just 26, "Margaret R." It
reads Margaret R. wife of John McCaulley departed
this life 1877 her 28th year her age. I do not know
what her birth name is.
John McCaulley's lies flat next to Margaret. It reads "In memory of John McCaulley departed this life 1876 in the 75th year of his age".
If you know the answer please CONTACT US
1. Who were her parents?
2. Why marry in Baltimore?
3. Check Cecil county records after 1850.
4. Delaware, PA census for 1830, 1840, 1850.
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