Did she really come back to America? Mary (Cornelius) Merritt

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On 3 Sep 2020 Shirlea Smith wrote on Cornelius-612:

Mary is the daughter of some Mr Cornelius, but are we sure this is the right Mr Cornelius? The man currently linked as her father moved his whole family back to England. 

How and why would his youngest daughter have returned to America? Is there any evidence of this? 

The parents are marked as Uncertain. Should they be detached?

WikiTree profile: Mary Merritt
in Genealogy Help by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Pilot (175k points)

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Mary Cornelius was born in New York about 1700, she married John Merritt in 1724 in Westchester, New York and had as son, Nathaniel at North Castle, New York in 1724. Mary (Cornelius) Merritt had a daughter, Mary Merritt about 1745 in Westchester, New York.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Thanks, Frank, but the daughter of these parents was taken back to England as a baby.  

How do we know she ever came back to America to marry John Merritt?  Is Mary the daughter of John Cornelius and Mary Yates the same person as the Mary who married John Merritt?  That's what I'm trying to prove or refute.
My deepest sympathies to anyone attempting to sort out the Merritt family in Westchester and Long Island (and Nova Scotia, for that matter!) The dates for Mary and John Merritt, if correct, place them at the earliest presence of the Merritt family in America, but possibly not the branch centered in Flushing, NY. "The Cornelius Family In America" states Mary Cornelius b. Flushing NY 1694 to John Cornelius & Mary Yates, one of 8 children. (Not North Castle - this error perpetuated at Ancestry.com and other sites). The entire family returned to England, date not given, according to John C. Merritt. No further record of Mary in America. So it cannot be that branch. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi9lvmCzs3rAhWzlXIEHeMFA6AQFjARegQIBxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.forgottenbooks.com%2Fen%2Fdownload%2FHistoryoftheCorneliusFamilyinAmericaHistoricalGenealogicalBiographical_11362070.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2fgi-BV-ZPluXKTh9dSXIh
Thanks Norm!  Interestingly, the Cornelius book has a note on P3.  Charles S Cornelius says that the descendants of John who went to England came back to New York State about 1835 and at other times.  So the two branches of the family seem to have stayed in touch somewhat -  at least some members of the English branch knew where to come back to.  

That doesn't mean that little Mary came back.  She was too young when she left to even remember America.  But maybe prospects were slim in England.  It would be amazing if we could find the trail in England, and confirm that that Mary stayed and could not have returned to marry John.
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I don't know if you have had the opportunity to read this. I found it very helpful (I am also related to Merritts in Westchester) Starting on p.49 for the Westchester County family, with patriarch Thomas b.1632. http://www.bobmerritt.com/family/Merritt/Revised_Merritt_Records_By_Douglas_Merritt_1916.pdf
by Norm Davis G2G6 (6.2k points)

Thank again, Norm!  Yes, i was somewhat familiar with that work.  The page that has John and Mary's family is showing on John's profile.   It doesn't state the parents of either of them, although it believes that Mary's maiden name was Cornelius.  

It seems that there are other Cornelius lines in the area, the family members who stayed.  I'm wondering where the idea started that the Mary Cornelius who married John Merritt was the same Mary as the youngest in the family who went back to England.

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