There is a Maria A. McElwain, widow living in household of my g-gf James J. Flynn (b 1864 NY) in 1900 and 1910 in Brooklyn, NY. This Maria was the mother of James Flynn's wife Agnes McElwain. According to census, Agnes' mother was born in NY and her father was born in VERMONT.
I recently found an 1869 directory of NYC and on it is listed a MARIA A. McElwain, widow of THOMAS J. McElwain. She is listed as a dressmaker at 173 Delancey St. Tracing further I see there was a Thomas J. McElwain in Civil War, 42nd NY INF. Enlisted Co G of this unit on 22 Jun 1861 on Long Island, NY at age 32, then transferred to Co B, then discharged with disability Jun 1862. Other records show that a Thomas J. McElwain died (I assume from war injuries) March 30, 1863 and widow Maria A. McElwain applied for a pension.
Does anyone know if the Maria A. McElwain (widow of Thomas J.) listed on 1869 Brooklyn, NY directory is the same Maria McElwain, (widowof Thomas)listed on 1888, 1889 Brooklyn NY directory?? And could she possibly be the same Maria A. McElwain living with James Flynn family in Brooklyn, NY in 1900 and 1910?
I will most likely send for the pension but was hoping someone may already have some info to tide me over while I wait the eons it takes for NARA to send info.
Thanks for any leads and would like to connect with any Brooklyn, NY McElwain researchers.