Monday, March 3, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge Week #9 - Lyddan/LeDane/Lidan mystery

My great grandmother MaryAnna {LeDane} Berger is a mystery. Why?  According to all the information that I have been able to locate to date she was born in West Virginia (actually a part of Virginia before it became WV) in June 1866.  I can find no birth record for her in either Virginia or West Virginia.   I can find no information on the family in the 1870 census.  According to everything I have found she and some of her siblings were born in West Virginia.  I have tried various spellings for the last name,  I have searched for them in Maryland and Virginia all to no avail.  I have no problem finding them in 1880 but I'm really trying to find the earlier record.  Mary Anna married Charles Berger and I will outline him in a future blog.

 Mary Anna (LeDane) Berger photo.  I do not not the approximate year this was taken.

MaryAnna from what I have been able find out is the eldest child of James J. Lyddan/LeDane and Margaret Lyddan/LeDane.  I have the Washington County, Maryland Marriage Index that lists her parents.  They both had the same last name prior to being married  - cousins maybe????

James Lyddan/LeDane and Margaret Lyddan/LeDane are both buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC.  James died in 1914 and was in an old folks home at the time of his death.  I have a story of how James disappeared but that will also  be another week.  He and Margaret, who died in 1916 are at the same cemetery but different locations.  There are no stones for either of them.
I believe that I have found the parents of James J. Lyddan - John Henry & Hannah (Kasner) Lyddan/LeDane/Lidan.   James and Margaret have a marriage license dated 7 November 1865.  I have tried to find where they were married and I have reason to believe they were Catholic.

 John Henry Lyddan was born in Montgomery County, Maryland 16 March 1800.
 Hannah(Kasner) Lyddan who  was born 16 March 1798 also in Montgomery County.  They had 11 children and my James J. was their 6th child.  John Henry & Hannah both died in Hedgesville, WV.   Hannah and one of their sons are buried at  Hedgesville Presbyterian Cemetery,  Berkeley, WV.  No information on John Henry.

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