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My great-grandmother, Mary Ann (Engle) Rhodes is a bit of a mystery. Maybe someone who is reading this will be able to help me.

Here’s what I know:

  • Mary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 10, 1876.
  • I have an 1880 U.S. Census record for her, where she is living in Cincinnati, Ohio with her parents, Edward and Anna (Seiler) Engle.
  • According to family records, Mary’s father died in 1886, when she was 10 years old, and her mother died in 1890, when she was 13 years old.
  • Mary married James Omer Rhodes on June 25, 1902 in Brookville, Indiana.
  • I have all of the census records for the rest of her life. She lived in Indianapolis, Indiana until she died in 1958.

Gravestone for Mary Ann (Engle) Rhodes at Spring Valley Cemetery in Lawrence, Indiana.

The mystery is this: Where did Mary go when her mother died? She was only 13 years old. I have not been able to find any record of her in the 1890 Census (some of the Hamilton County, Ohio records survived the fire) or the 1900 Census. I also do not know how she ended up in Indiana after growing up in Cincinnati. I’m guessing it has something to do with the story of how she met her husband.

So, do you know anything or have any advice? Help me out!

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