When her husband Elijah took up the call to preach in 1868, Marena commented, "That was the end of our making money." ("Pioneer Writes Own Obituary")
"Geneology of Mary Catherine Kirk" copied from Bible record of John T. Smith of Seattle, King, WA, before his death in 1920. Also "Pioneer Writes Own Obituary," from the Weston, OR Leader written by Marena Ann Michael describes her journey and father's death on the Oregon Trail. This was titled an "Obituary" but does not imply she had died!
!Marriage: Linn County Marriage Book A gives date 26 Oct.
!Death: died of dropsy (Tom Cady website). Death Certificate--Marell A. Michael, d/o J. Smith, died 06-May-1913, Weston, Umatilla, Oregon. Obituary in Oregon State Journal, 25 May 1913.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Marena 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 DNA with Marena: