Mary Jane Purcell: Birth: ABT 1838. Death: ABT 1874
Note: These facts were attribute to Olean Melissa Cook by Corrine McClure Moyers, Nampa Idaho.
Amanda was 18years old when she married Mr. Purcell, construction boss over a gang of Irishmen on the Erie Canal. Olean said "Amanda was about as big as she( Olean was 4'11''), probably weighed 100 lbs.,black as any Indian. Olean called her a " little black varmint' and said she was a scrapper. David and Amanda lived near Seneca Indians.David's people called her OLD BLACK HaWK whenever they got mad at her. She was Holland Dutch with a dark coloring instead of light.
Corrine Moyers also supplied these Census records 1850 Allegany age 27
1855 Allegany age 34
1860 Allegany age 39
1870 Allegany age 50
1875 age 53 Ontario had brother Clark
Amanda was grandaughter of George and Becky Shores
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