I'm looking for help in finding more information on a "Mary Jane Kirby", who mysteriously moved from Washington DC to Brownwood, TX sometime during or after 1902 (when her husband Dr. Edmund Wesley Kirby died.)
[She's been known both as "Jane" and "Mary". She was born ca. 1837 in Pennsylvania, as were her parents. Her maiden name was "Hartley" or "Harltey". From a couple records it is ambiguous whether or not she was married before marrying Edmund Kirby in 1894 and then moving to Washington, DC.]
The evidence I have is a business card, where in handwriting a "Mrs." is prepended before "Dr. E.W. Kirby", and the Washington DC address is stricken, replaced by "507 Clark Street, Brownwood, Tex".
This is all a strange mystery as so far I have no family connection of Mary Jane Kirby to Texas (as noted she and her parents were born in Pennsylvania -- and no ties of Edmund Kirby to Texas, either.) And in 1902 she was already quite aged, 65 years old, so that is quite a move to make at that age.
There is a curious 1910 Census record for Brownwood, TX, which shows a "Mary J. Staggs", born ca 1838 in Pennsylvania, married for three years to a "T.N. Staggs" (born ca. 1827). This may or may not be her, but one lead to consider.
Any help untangling this mystery will be most appreciated!
jon (at) noring.name
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