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What was the death date of Mary McNeely Helms, who applied for a widow's pension on the Civil War record of Daniel Helms (d 1909) of Union County, North Carolina?

  • Known: She was alive on 4 July 1910 when she applied and was approved for a pension based on Daniel's Civil War service
  • Possible Resources: North Carolina Civil War Pension records, City Directories, Death Certificate, Cemetery Records, Newspapers, Family Holdings
  • The following records show up in various online trees as being applicable to the Mary Helms of this profile.
    • 1907 City Directory[1]
      Abstracted from an attached image by DMH, 15 Oct 2016
      • Helms Danl W (Mary), driver, r 418 E 15th. - probably this Mary
▪Comments by DMH, 15 October 2016
▪Danl nor Mary was found in the 1908 Charlotte City Directory.
▪2 Danls were found in the 1909 Charlotte City Directory, neither record identifies a wife.
▪Danl was not found in the 1910 Charlotte City Directory; a Mary was found but is the widow of John M. - probably not this Mary
  • My current thinking is that this Death Record may not be for the widow of Daniel:
    • 1915 Death Certificate[2]
      Abstracted from image by DMH, 21 July 2017
      • Mary J Helms
      • Died: 4 Sep 1915, Morning Star, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
      • Buried: 5 Sep 1915, Matthews, NC
      • Undertaker: None
      • Informant: ? S R Helms, Matthews NC RR19
        • Demographics: Female, White, Widowed, age 69 yrs 1 mo 21 da, could read & write
        • Birth: 14 July 1846, Lancaster Co, S. C.
        • Father "blank" McNeely, born Lancaster Co, S. C.
        • Mother: Don't Know, born Lancaster Co, S. C.
▪Comments by DMH, 22 July 2017
▪The informant could be one of her children but there is not enough information to verify that
▪The birth date of July 1847 is inconsistent with information found in other sources.
▪She and Daniel were married in Aug 1857 and she was enumerated as 21 years old on the 1860 Census.
▪Her birth month and year were recorded as May 1837 on the 1900 Census.
▪In July 1910, when she applied for a Widow's Pension, she was 76 years old
▪The birth location of Mary and her parents is inconsistent with data found on the 1860-1900 Census enumerations

Subsidiary Questions: 1860 Occupation: Dower[3]

  • Had she been willed property by someone, either a first husband or a deceased relative?
  • Possible resources - Anson, Union, Mecklenburg Counties: Probate, Property Records
    • Mecklenburg County
      • Found 9 wills referenced in the FamilySearch image database Wills, 1763-1930 using the [Mecklenburg County] "General index, Direct/Reverse 1763-1930" - looked up and read the wills, none of which explicitly references a Mary Jane McNeely. There is a Jane McNeely referenced in Book J, page 208, but Mary Jane was married by that time.
        • 1827 Andrew McNeely to Rachel McNeely and others C:5
        • 1830 Rachel McNeely to Martha Harris & Others G:140
        • 1831 John McNeely to Jno W McNeely, Jannot, William, & Silas G216
        • 1842 J W McNeely to Jane, Eleanor S & Sarah E McNeely H:93
        • 1858 John F McNeely to Margt, Jane, Alexander & others J:208
        • 1885 James A McNeely to Harriet T Rumple & Others L:93
        • 1886 Martha L McNeely to Jane M Blakely & Lawrence Rumple L125
        • 1892 Robert A McNeely to Louisa Regina McNeely & Maggie McNeely (dec'd) M:64
        • 1913 Jno C McNeely to Emma Miller McNeely Q:352
    • Union County
      • Not Started
    • Anson County
      • Not Started
    • 1860 Occupation "Dower"? https://books.google.com/books?id=R95MAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA214

Who were the parents of Mary McNeely who married Daniel Helms in Union County, North Carolina, on 27 August 1857?

Current Knowledge as of 27 October 2021

Abstracts

  • 1857 Marriage Bond[4]
    Abstracted from attached image by Debi McGee Hoag (hereafter DMH), 4 July 2017
    • Daniel Helms & J H W Secrest
    • Pledge five hundred pounds
    • 27 August 1857
    • No lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage of Daniel Helms and Mary McNeely
    • In the presence of J F Hough
    • Daniel Helms and J H W Secrest both made their marks
  • 1857 Marriage[5]
    Abstracted from attached image by DMH, 4 July 2017
    • License issued: 27 August 1857
    • Married: 27 August 1857
    • Groom: Daniel Helms
    • Bride: Mary McNeely
    • Officiant: Rev James Deans
  • 1860 Census[3]
    Abstracted from attached image by DMH, 4 July 2017
    • Enumerated as of 1 July 1860; enumerated on 25 July 1860
    • Residence: Monroe Post Office, Union County, North Carolina
    • Mary J Helms, age 21, F, Dower, born " [ditto to line 1, N. C.]
    • Also enumerated in the household
      • Daniel Helms, age 22, M, Farmer, personal property $250, born " [ditto to line 1, N. C.], cannot read or write
▪ Comments by DHM
▪ Why was her occupation "Dower"? She had been married 3 years. Her marriage records do not indicate that she had been previously married. See Research Notes.
  • 1870 Census[6]
    Abstracted from attached image by DMH, 7 July 2017
    • Enumerated as of 1 June 1870; enumerated on 18 August 1870
    • Residence: Monroe, Monroe township, North Carolina, United States
    • Mary Helms, eldest female in household of Daniel W Helms
      • Age 21[sic], female, white, keeping house, born North Carolina
    • Also in the household:
      • Daniel W Helms M 32 North Carolina, farmer, real estate $100, personal property $100
      • Three minor children, all born in North Carolina
        • Henry (male 9), Abraham (male 4), Allison (male 2)
  • 1880 Census[7]
    Abstracted from attached image by DMH, 4 July 2017
    • Enumerated as of 1 June 1880; enumerated on 26 June 1880
    • Residence: Monroe township, Union County, North Carolina
    • Mary J, wife in household of Daniel W Helms
      • Age 43, keeping house, born in N.Caro., parents born in N.C.
    • Also in the household:
      • Daniel W Helms Self M 44 North Carolina, United States, Farmer
      • 6 minor children, all born in North Carolina, no surname listed, ditto line to line 27, Daniel W Helms
        • Henry Lee (son 19 farming), Abraham J (son 14 works on farm), Allie D (son 10 works on farm), Philip R (son 8), Corin L (son 6), Mattie (daughter 4)
  • 1900 Census[8]
    Abstract from attached image by DMH, 16 July 2017
    • Mary J Helms, wife in household of Daniel Helms
    • Age 63, born in May 1837 in North Carolina, married 43 years, mother of 9 children, 6 living
    • Also in the household:
      • Daniel Helms Head M 63 North Carolina
▪ Comments by DMH, 16 July 2017
▪ Tabulators' marks have partially obscured Daniel's name. FamilySearch indexers interpreted the name as Darryl.
▪ Enumerated in the previous household is Allie D Helms, age 32, and family. This is probably her son Allison D Helms, born about 1868.
  • 1910 Widow's Pension - Civil War[9]
    Abstract from attached image by DMH, 24 September 2016
    • Applied 4 Jul 1910 - Approved

Sources

  1. Charlotte, North Carolina, City Directory 1907 (Charleston, South Carolina, USA: The Walsh Directory Company), pg 307, Helms Danl W; "U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995," database with images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 : accessed 15 Oct 2016), image 123 of 292.
  2. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Certificate of Death no 240, Mary J Helms, 4 September 1915; State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; "North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12315-90907-28 : 21 May 2014, accessed 20 Sep 2016); FHL microfilm no 1877965, "Death certificates File no. 136 (401-500) - File no. 141 1915," image 888 of 2782.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDD5-LLN : 30 December 2015), Mary J Helms in entry for Daniel Helms, household 278, Union County, North Carolina, United States; U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), microfilm publication M653, roll 915 (Washington, D.C.: NARA).
  4. Union County, North Carolina, United States, Marriage Bond, Daniel Helms and Mary McNeely, 27 August 1857; "Marriage licenses, 1843-1922," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99VV-383Y : accessed 4 July 2017); FHL microfilm 593,482, image 372 of 526, bottom left.
  5. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FZYS-DQH : 8 July 2016, accessed 14 Aug 2016), Daniel Helms and Mary Mcneely, 27 Aug 1857; citing North Carolina, Union County, Marriages Register 1857, pg 76, entry 461.
  6. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWD3-6DW : 17 October 2014), Mary Helms in household of Daniel W Helms, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 30, family 211, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,660.
  7. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCXR-1R2 : 11 August 2016), Mary J Helms in household of Daniel W Helms, Monroe, Union, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district ED 210, sheet 348D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0983; FHL microfilm 1,254,983.
  8. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSB3-BPZ : accessed 17 July 2017), Mary J Helms in household of Darryl[sic] Helms, Township 13, Morningstar Matthews town, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 65, sheet 5B, family 106, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,206. [Review of the image shows that tabulators' marks have partially obscured Daniel's name, causing indexing confusion.
  9. "1901 Confederate Pension Applications," database with images, North Carolina Digital Collections, (http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/ref/collection/p16062coll21/id/64160 : accessed 24 Sep 2016), Daniel Helms, 4 July 1908, pgs 1-2 and Mary Jane Helms, 4 July 1910, pgs 3-4; Pension Bureau: Act of 1901 Pension Applications. Office of the State Auditor. State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America.




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