Re: MACKELCAN, John , 1759 Surrey, Eng.
Thank you for writing; I'm glad you spotted my earlier posting. I hope the following information is of interest to you in researching your family's history.
As you rightly point out, Helen May was called ARMSTRONG at the time of her marriage to H G MacKelcan in 1914, but her maiden name was in fact Helen May CANDY. She was born on 15 September 1890 in Essex County New Jersey to Charlotte Antoinette DEMAREST and John D CANDY, who had married on 19 June 1889 in Newark NJ.
Unfortunately, John and Charlotte were divorced on 18th May 1897, at which time Charlotte had moved back in with her parents, and John had moved to Bayonne, Hudson Co, NJ.The divorce papers are available in the New Jersey Archives, or I can send you my transcript by personal email. Helen was their only child; she is mentioned by name in her parents' divorce papers.
It took me a long time to dicover what became of John following the divorce, but it appears that he died on 7th July 1948 in Seattle, Washington.Based on Census returns and other records, his last years were spent in rooming houses, working as a salesman and later as a book-keeper. I believe that Charlotte remarried to someone named ARMSTRONG, which is where her daughter took her name from.
John was born on 16th March 1865 in LeRoy, Genesee in New York State, to John Bentley CANDY and his wife Mary Susan KELLOGG, who had married on 19 December 1860. John Bentley CANDY in turn was born on 7th December 1838 in Philadelphia PA, the son of Thomas Davie CANDY and his wife Anne BENTLEY, who had married on 5th March 1835 at Paterson, Passaic Co, NJ. Thomas was born in Frome, Somerset, England on 28th July 1817, and emigrated to Poughkeepsie, NY with his parents at the age of 2, in about 1819.He died in Philadelphia on 24 August 1887.
I can provide you with a great deal more detailed information about this family if you are interested, including various connections with the US Civil War, and indeed all the way back to Christopher CANDY in about 1595 in Somerset England.
I hope that something here will be of interest to you, and would be pleased to hear from you once you've had a chance to digest the contents of this posting.