Well let's see if we can sort this out.Ya'll know more than I do but I was contacted by another Eck researched descended from George Eck married to Caroline from Shelby County, Indiana.I have another branch of the Shelby County Eck's in my database.
I did a quick search for her and found the following: 1850 Federal Census, District 97, Rush County, Indiana Enumerated 4 October 1850 by J. H. Hedrick 1066/1066 FLAKE, Henry 34 M Merchant Germany FLAKE, Mary 41 F Germany ECK, Michael 16 M Farmer Ohio ECK, Katharine 13 F Ohio ECK, Barbay 11 F Ohio ECK, George 9 M Indiana ECK, Jacob 8 M Indiana ECK, Mary 7 F Indiana ECK, Jno 4 M Indiana
In the Shelby County, Indiana Marriage Records, Mary Ann ECK married Henry FLECK 16 April 1850.
Since I don't "know" this family I assumed that Mary Ann Unknown [to me-ya'll are saying HALE] ECK was widowed and married Henry FLAKE/FLECK in April.This census was enumerated in October.
Then, 1860 Federal Census, Orange Township, Rush County, Indiana Moscow Post Office page 16 Enumerated [not given] July 1860 by W. A. Callen 222/222 ECK, May 50 F Merchant Germany ECK, George 19 M Indiana ECK, Jacob 18 M Indiana ECK, Mary 16 F Indiana ECK, John 15 M Indiana
This looked like the same family to me, with mother Mary once again using the ECK surname and not FLAKE or FLECK. I wondered if the marriage failed ? But again, I do not know.
Sorry if I have inadvertantly muddied the waters.Kathy