About two or three years ago, after several years of searching, I thought I had finally found the parents of my g-g-grandmother Mary Catherine Wheelock, and that they were Henry Wheelock (b. January 8, 1810 in Mendon to Simeon Wheelock and Catherine Croney) and Mary M. Thornton (b. 1814 in Rhode Island). Mary Catherine Wheelock was born in Mendon July 28, 1851.
While I was looking at the 1850 federal census for Worcester County, Massachusetts, recently, I found Henry Wheelock living in Mendon at the age of 40. The problem is, although there was a Mary Thornton shown as living with him at the time, she was clearly not his spouse, as she was 80 years old and her name was given as Mary Thornton, not Mary Wheelock, as one would have expected to see if she were Henry's wife.
This problem now calls into question Mary Catherine Wheelock's lineage from Henry Wheelock. Since this 80-year-old Mary Thornton was the only other adult in the household, it suggests that perhaps Henry's wife had already died by then. If this is the case, then how could Henry have fathered Mary Catherine Wheelock in 1851, a year later?
Anyone have any theories?
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