Posted By:Carol Tilson
Subject:DeMaranville Family Poisoned?
Post Date:July 01, 2005 at 04:41:59
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Forum:Cass County, MI Genealogy Forum
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I'm trying to solve what could be a murder mystery, a terrible family tragedy or perhaps even just a very old "urban" legend.

In 1830, John DeMaranville of Ashtabula Co., OH, had a wife and six children. Between 1833 & 1836, he purchased 320 aces of land in Cass County [Townships 5S & 6S]. He does not appear on the 1840 Cass County Census and, by 1850, had returned to Ohio and moved in with a brother in Conneaut.

An 1889 family reunion article in the "Conneaut Reporter" reported that John "married Sally Brown and went to Michigan, and there lost his wife and most of his children. They were thought to be poisoned. Two boys were left, Ferris and Roma. . . ."

Solid evidence, however, is lacking. Has anyone ever come across any DeMaranville [aka Maranville] graves in Cass County or heard of such a family poisoning -- possibly beween 1836-1840? Is anyone aware of his/her ancestors purchasing the DeMaranville land?

Any information would be appreciated.