Seeking Maiden Name of Wife "Mary" of William Walter Anderson B: Dec 1840 Scotland married in NY about 1866

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I am seeking the maiden name of "Mary" who married William Walter Anderson in NYC (probably Brooklyn) about 1866.

William was born in Scotland (probably North Street, Dalry East End, Ayrshire, Scotland) in Dec 1840.  Emigrated to US in about 1866, settled in Brooklyn, NY.  Married "Mary" in about 1866.  Died 26 Sep 1902 in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary______ was born in Scotland in March 1850.  Emigrated to US in about 1852 (per April 19th 1910 Census).  Died uncertain.

Two possible maiden names surmised from records but basically guesses:

1) Mary Stirrat;  Maiden name assumed from David Stirrat age 80 on same 1841 Scotland Census as William Anderson - unknown relationship.  If true age at birth of Mary approximately 90 could have been great grandfather.

2) Mary Mitchell: In same 1870 US Fed Census as William Anderson is William and Catherine Mitchell with daughter Frances Age 30 listed but no Mary.  Very loose connection.   Have seen some other trees with some support
WikiTree profile: William Anderson
in Genealogy Help by Harry Anderson G2G Crew (670 points)

2 Answers

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Mary Ann Barraclough

 in the Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950

Record Image Index-only record

    Name: Mary Ann Barraclough
    Spouse Name: William Walter Anderson
    Marriage Place: Victoria
    Registration Place: Victoria
    Registration Year: 1862
    Registration Number: 4191
    by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
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    I'm sure there's an easier way but in my experience with the British Isles, you might want to research all of their descendants because surnames sometimes reveal themselves through first and middle name combinations. Plus descendants may have migrated somewhere where death records that are easy to access.

    Also if you're not sure of a surname for someone, using Unknown as the Last Name At Birth is preferable. You can then add something in the profile explaining possibilities. Additionally this lets people know that there is more research to be done.
    by Carrie Quackenbush G2G6 Mach 7 (73.3k points)

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