Mary Olive was born in Tangier, Nova Scotia in 1863. She is still living in Halifax in the 1881 census. She lived most of her life in Lowell, Massachusetts, and at 47 Blossom Street in Fitchburg, Mass.
According to the 1920 census she came to the US in 1880 and naturalized in 1885.
See Edward's page for a more detailed family chronology based on census records.
A newspaper clipping for her 82nd birthday says, "thirty-seven relatives and friends came to congratulate her, including her two brothers, four of her children, and several nieces."
Her obituary says that she died at age 87 at Burbank Hospital in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, after a long illness. She was a member of the Christ Church.
↑ "Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FX46-HCT : accessed 3 June 2015), Mary O. in entry for Edward Dillingham Whitten, 28 Aug 1885; citing Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts, reference p 212, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,208.
↑ "Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV6P-949 : accessed 9 March 2016), Mary Lorman in household of Henry Lorman, Windsor Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 13; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13169, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,805.
↑ The Whitten family bible, which belonged to her, has her being born on August 18. Another source has February 7, but this must be incorrect. The 1930 census also has August 18.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with May by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with May: