Unusual (misspelled?) maiden name has led to a brick wall

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I am certain that this woman's first name is Elizabeth due to the birth records of her children with Thomas Jefferson Hartwell (Hartwell-2986) but the only reference to her maiden name I could find was in an older publication called "The Hartwells of America" (free on Google books) which has a lot of mistakes and misspellings. I thought that "Macomer" could be a misspelling of "Macomber" but this didn't turn up any great leads and I would love a second opinion. Her husband left her for another woman not long after their children were born so she is only listed with him in the 1850 census, not long before their first son is born. Thank you for any/all help!
WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Hartwell
in Genealogy Help by C Hartwell G2G Crew (750 points)

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I'm sorry I have been unsuccessful in finding the answer to your maiden name question, but wonder if this is a possible death record for Elizabeth in 1852:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHCW-F4C

It looks like the first son, Luther, is listed in the 1860 census with a possible relative at the age of 9:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZHD-ZYF

Not sure if this helps or complicates things, but something to consider.  Best wishes.
by Lauren Conte G2G6 Pilot (115k points)
Also, here is the possible brother listed as Edgar in the 1860 census in the same area as Luther (Eastham, Barnstable):  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZHD-ZYV
Thank you so much for your help! I definitely think the records for Luther and Horace Edgar are for the right people as they are the right ages and it would make sense that they were in the same town. The story in the book I mentioned was that TJ Hartwell left his wife and children to move to Georgia with his new wife. If Elizabeth died in 1852 it would make his remarriage in MA legal but it doesn't explain why he abandoned his sons. I will add this info to her profile, thank you again!
You're very welcome.  Maybe he felt he couldn't take care of two young children and fostered them.  At least they seem to have kept in touch - I saw another record - a land grant between the brothers in New York (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:C4FL-MJPZ) but I'm sure you can find more info using different search parameters on familysearch or ancestry (leave out locations and dates to see what comes up).  They sure got around - MA, NJ, NY and GA!  Still sorry we couldn't find the maiden name you were looking for, but maybe someday a marriage record will show up.  Best wishes.
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This death record shows Elizabeth Francis as mother's name.  I do see the Macomber name but I haven't checked it yet.  

Horace Edgar Hartwell

 in the Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1952

Name: Horace Edgar Hartwell
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital status: Married
Death Age: 66
Birth Date: 18 Jan 1852
Birth Place: Pepperill Mass
Death Date: 21 Aug 1918
Death Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Father: Thos J Hartwell
Mother: Elizabeth Francis

Source Citation

Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, Michigan; Death Records

by Patricia Stockley G2G6 Pilot (123k points)
Thank you so much for your help! I also found this record and tried searching for Elizabeth Francis but couldn't find anything concrete. I also thought that Francis could be a surname she gained by remarrying after her husband left but if she died in 1852 as the record above suggests then that's not possible. The death record for her other son, Luther says that his mother is Elizabeth Consler just to make things more confusing. I appreciate you taking the time to look into this!
Hi Caroline, I find nothing connecting Thomas J. Hartwell to the Mccomer name except a couple personal family trees with no sources so I think they are probably wrong.  Familysearch.org does not show them married.  And nor does Ancestry.com.  I would be tempted to remove her as a spouse because there are no sources to support her.  I will check into Elizabeth Consler.

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