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Mary Helen McCaulley was born in 1834. Date is from her tombstone noted at bottom of this piece . Her mother's name was Mary Ann She may have been Mary Ann Fonce from Baltimore.  see John's story . Her father was John McCauley. The name has many variations including McCaulley, McCauley, and McAuley.

Tthe 1850 Cecil county Maryland Census. In the 3rd District is the family
John McCauley age 43 farmer born Delaware
Mary A. age 45 born Delaware
Mary H age 20 born Delaware
and 3 younger children born in Maryland. So the family had moved to Cecil County from Delaware between 1830 and 1834.  Do note however, that her tombstone stated she was born in 1834.

Mary Helen wed Ezekiel Boulden of Cecil County on Feb. 26, 1852. The McCauley Ancestry reports that Rev. Horatio S. Howell married them on Thursday.

It is very likely that they lived on his farm on Pond's Neck where he died in 1869. It is about half way between the Sassafras and Bohemia rivers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This information comes from The Boulden Family by Estelle Smith Kepler.

Mary Helen and Ezekiel Boulden had the following children:
1. Harry born 1852
2. John Cooper Boulden born 1854 who wed Catherine Ann Taylor.
3. Mary Helen born 1857 married David McMullen, died 1946
4. Margaret Ferris born 1859, died 1921
5. Susan Benjamin born 1861, died 1921
6. Ezekiel born about 1863 died an infant
7. Julia McCaulley born 1864, died 1927
8. George born 1866, died 1936
9. Ezekiel born 1868 married Mary Brown

In 1870 the family was in Fair Hill Cecil County. The 1870 Cecil County Census shows
Mary H. Boulden, 39  a farmers tenant
John C, Age 15
Mary E., age 12
Margaret, age 10,
Susan H., age 9,
Geo K. age 3
Ezekiel, age 1
Sarah Hammond, age 25, born Ireland

By 1880, the two older sons were both farmers.  Harry in Cecil county with a young family and John C. in Pencader De. Mary H. lived with John C. and kept house for him.  The three younger children were listed on both census.

1880 Delaware Census, poll T9_120, page 271 A, ED 27:        and   1880 Cecil County, MD census, roll T9_507, page 120 D, ED 11
Mary H. Boulden age 50, born Del                                                         Harry  Boulden, age 27 farmer, born MD
John C. Boulden, age 25, farmer, born MD                                            Elizabeth Boulden, age 25, wife born MD 
Maggie Boulden, age 21, born MD                                                         Harry, age 4 and Natalie, age 2, son and dau, born MD
Susan H., age 17, born MD                                                                    Susan, age 18, sister, born MD, helps in house
Julia, age 16, born MD
George, age 12, born MD                                                                       George, age 14, brother, born MD, helps on farm
Ezekiel, age 10 born MD                                                                        Ezekiel, age 10, brother

recorded on June 7, 1880                                                                       recorded on June 21, 1880 

MaryBoulden families were living nearby each family in both Cecil County, MD and Pencader DE.

By 1887 John C.  had given up farming and moved into Wilmington with his mother.  They are found in the Wilmington City Directory, page 88:
Mary H. Boulden, widow home at 810 Market St.
John C. Boulden, boarding and sales at 310 Shipley and home at 810 Market St.
     810 Market was directly next door to the Grand Opera House, where the current Baby Grand is now located.

Mary H. continues in Wilmington, moving residences re Wilmington City Directory
    1893, page 96 - she ran a boarding house at 409 Delaware AV. Ezekiel was also there
    1894 she continues at 409 Delaware Av.  Eziekiel C. is working as an engineer at 612 Madison Av
    1895, pg 94, Mary H. is at 905 Tatnall St in a Boarding house. Hers?
All of the addresses in Wilmington are within a few blocks of each other.

When she died in 1897, she was taken back to Elkton MD to be buried next to her husband.  She had been a widow for nearly 30 years. The Elkton Presbyterian Church Cemetery is right behind the church building on the main street of Elkton, Cecil County. There is a Large obelisque shape tombstone that has "father Ezekiel C. Boulden 1824 - 1869 mother  Mary H. Boulden 1834-1897".  On the reverse side is Exekiel C son of E.C. and Mary H. Boulden  1863 - 1863" 


If you know the answer please CONTACT US

1. Confirm her mother's maiden name?

2. Where did they marry?


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