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Hannah Whiston-Williams
Posted by: Paula Cary (ID *****3599) Date: March 02, 2011 at 17:04:54
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I am researching my 3rd great grandmother's Whiston family.

Parents Joseph & Permelia Whiston were born in MA. They had four children: Susannah Smith (b. 1802), Artemus (b. 1804), Lucy (b. 1805), & Lydia (b. 1808) in Holliston, Middlesex, MA.

I have not found them on any 1810 census. I believe during this time they were moving to Otsego County, NY. I have found a 1820 census in Pittsfield, NY and a 1830 census in Butternuts, NY. Permelia is not in either. I'm assuming she died before this date and believe that her and Joseph are both buried in Stetsonville cemetery with their daughter Esther who was born in 1809 in NY.

Now, here's the issue...

I've found Artemus on a 1850 census with Cornelius and Rebecca Jenny and a Hannah Whiston. I've also found an obituary in 1892 for a Hannah Williams stating that she was a sister of Artemus and I think she was 68 (the age is hard to read. it almost looks like it could be 08 and the digits just mixed up on accident... 80). They may have posted her age wrong.It's a possibility. She could be the Hannah from the 1850 census or she could be Susannah (Hannah being a short version of her name. Then her age in 1892 should be 90.). And, if the age is correct then she would have been born after Permelia died and no other female mother is stated in the 1820 or 1830 census'; Unless she had died too; Then who is she?.

If anyone can clear this information up, it would be greatly appreciated.

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