I have been on a quest for my 3xGGM Mary Ann Hall for a decade now. She was the daughter of Fleming Hall and Margaret Nance Hall. In her mother's 1858/1859 Gonzales Co.probate papers written by her brother Jesse B Hall, who served as executer of the estate, she is mentioned twice as Mary A B Ward and once as the wife of John W Ward residing in the city and county of Desoto and the state of Mississippi.
Finding this couple on ANY census has been like pulling hen's teeth. They had at least 4 children by 1850 but they've eluded me in the 1850. In the 1860 John W. Ward and 8 children (all born in Mississippi) enumerated in Ward 7,Memphis, Shelby Co,TN. There is no wife. There are 3 non "family" women in the household. Elizabeth Morgan (later the first wife of Laurel L Ward),Mary Ann Ring and Angeline Hall.
Now here comes the question. I just found a Mary Ann Ward listed on the 1860 Mortality schedule for Ward 7,Memphis,Shelby Co. who died in March 1860 (the regular census was taken in June) who was born in South Carolina (where my Mary Ann Hall was born)BUT she is listed as "B" for black and "S" for slave. She died of consumption. There is nothing listed under occupation and every other slave including 85 yr old ones had an occupation listed.
QUESTION:What is the likely hood that this is my missing Mary Ann? Where these type mistakes common or am I barking up the wrong tree?
NOTE: The 3 youngest children in the John W Ward family appear to have died within 3 weeks of the census being taken.There were 2 "daughter of John Ward" whose ages matched and 1 male J B H Ward whose age matched in the Shelby County Death Records. All were born in Mississippi.