Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mary Conley Hilliker - grave found!

Mary Conley born 23 June 1833 in Cayuga County, NY (calculated from her gravestone; says she was 38 years 9 months, 7 days).

I have her marriage to Lester Gibbs on 12 Nov 1850 in Lapeer County, Michigan (source Dibean Marriage Records), daughter Eleanor (Ella) born sometime between 1852-1854, I can't find her in the 1860 census, and she isn't with Lester or her daughter, which are with Philo & Mary Ann Gibbs in Dryden, Lapeer County, MI. According to Family Search, she marries to Charles Garner in 1861 in NY (but her surname is Traverse), between 1862-1864 they have Albert and Harriet Garner, all in Cayuga or Wayne County, NY. Charles dies in the Salisbury Prison in Salisbury, NC. Sometime after his death in December of 1864, but before 1868 she moves back to Lapeer County, Michigan.

She marries Mortimer Hilliker on 29 March 1868 (this is where I get Cayuga County, NY as her birth). Daughter Lillie is born in December 1868 in Dryden, Lapeer County, MI. I next find her in 1870 census with husband Mortimer in Dryden, Lapeer County, MI with Bert & Hattie as Hilliker's not Garner. She died on 1 April 1872 and is buried in Thornville Cemetery, Lapeer County, MI.

What I find interesting is...
  1. I found Charles Garner in 1860 with Robert & Mary Conley in Cayuga County.
  2. Mortimer Hilliker's brother Albert married Rebecca Conley daughter of Justice & Lucy Conley and has a sister named Mary.
  3. I found Justus COONLEY (spelling different I know) with Ester, Lucey, Julia, Mary, Harriet, and Rebecca in Lapeer County in 1850
  4. Mary is buried in the same cemetery as other Hilliker's but also with Gibbs and Eoff's.

Could my Mary be related to Albert's wife Rebecca? Could Robert and Mary Conley who Charles Garner is living with be related to my Mary? Where oh where did my Mary go??