#26 Mary Elizabeth McCracken

(52 Ancestors #26 – Halfway)

An ancestor I feel like I’ve only been able to halfway research is my great-great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth McCracken. I just can’t figure out who her parents are. I’ve started trying to delve into my father’s AncestryDNA matches to see if I can find some clues.

According to her death certificate, Mary was born on August 23, 1862 in Ohio and her father’s last name was “McRacken.” On March 7, 1880, she and William Bost were married in Henry County, Ohio. On June 5, 1880, they were enumerated in the census living in Marion Township, Henry County, Ohio. A half-page away on the census is a man named E. McCracken who was born in 1835. This might be a lead.

Between 1882 and 1905, the William and Mary had 7 children: Mary Ellen, Francis, Marion Sylvester, Adam, Florence Elizabeth, Emma Jane, and Clara Arnetta. Mary died March 8, 1911 in Marion of pneumonia. Her youngest daughter was only 5 years old.

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My great-grandmother Florence at her mother’s grave in 1911.

Wednesday’s Child: Francis L. Bost

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Photo by StarTiger at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=87075905

 

Francis L. Bost was the son of William S. Bost and Mary McCracken.  His stone is to the left of his mother’s stone (she died in 1911).  Francis was born September 27, 1886 in Hamler, Henry County, Ohio.  He died in 1893.  He is buried in Marion Township Cemetery in Henry County.