I think I might finally have solved an old mystery, and would appreciate any help in proving it.
A few years ago, a cousin sent me a copy of a 50th wedding aniversary party invitation for my gg-grandparents, George W. and Sarah Lovejoy (Root) Hoy. They married in Manchester, Washtenaw County, Michigan in 1850, and moved to Illinois in 1885. One of the guests on the list included William Bostedor, with the notation "own mothers brother".
Finally, I think I've made some sense of this - as it was addressed to William, it would seem to indicate that his mother's brother was George W. Hoy. Looking through census records, I see that William was the son of Charles Bostedor, who was probably shown as married in the 1860 census, to Emily -
1860 US Census - Franklin Township, Lenawee County, Michigan NA Series: M653 Roll: 551 Page: 81 Date: 11 July 1860 D/F: 604/609 John Bostader, 58 M Farmer $2400 $1144 NJ Nancy Bostader, 53 F NY Charles Bostader, 24 M Farm Laborer --- $250 NY Roseanna Bostader, 22 F MI Emily Bosteder, 24 F NY (wife of Charles, nee HOY?)
From the Dibean marriage index, the following entry appears: EMILY A HAY & CHARLES BOSTEDOR,LENAWEE,,24 JUN 1858
By the 1870 census, it would appear that Emily has died and Charles is remarried: 1870 US Census - Manchester, Washtenaw County, Michigan NA Series: M593 Roll: 707 Page: 251 Sheet: 52 Date: 15 July 1870 D/F: 405/405 Charles Bortedar, 35 M W Farmer $6000 $2000 NY Mary Bortedar, 24 F W Keeping House MI Willie Bortedar, 8 M W At School MI Frank Bortedar, 1 M W MI James McCormick, 70 M W Gardener ENG
I would appreciate any information regarding Emily's marriage or death. I believe her father was Charles H. Hoy, but her possible mother remains a mystery. This branch of the family has been very hard to trace, and more often than not has been mistakenly transcribed as Hay in the records. Thank you.