52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 16- 2019
My Great Grandmother Maggie Jane (Lynn) Boughton would tell stories of traveling by covered wagon through Kansas to Illinois as a child. What stories could her Great Grandmother, Mary Ann (Maupin) Lynn tell of her childhood?
Mary Ann Maupin was born December 17, 1811 in Henry County, Virginia, the second of four children born to Jessie Maupin (1780 – abt 1823) and Susannah Dent (1785 – abt 1825.) Mary Ann’s parents married in Henry County, Virginia on September 2, 1809, Jessie was age 29; Susannah age 22.
During the War of 1812, Mary’s father Jessie enlisted in 1813, at age 33; his occupation was listed as School Master. He was discharged March 21, 1815, in Norfolk, Virginia. Mary would have been a little over 3 years old, her older brother George age 6, her younger sister “Molly” (Elizabeth Ann) almost two years old when their father was discharged from the Army.
Mary Ann’s father, Jessie, is said to have traveled with his older brother Mosias Cyrus Maupin (1760 -1816) and Daniel Boone, through Kentucky and onto Missouri. Jessie requested from the War of 1812 Bounty Board for land in Missouri twice, in 1816 he was awarded land in Arkansas.
In July 1818, Mary Ann’s brother James Henry was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky and their father sold 119 acres of land in Kentucky two months before, on May 10th; it looked as if the family was headed West. On April 23, 1821, Jessie claimed his War of 1812 Land Grant in Arkansas.
After filing for the Land Grant in Arkansas, Jessie has no further records. Researcher Phyllis J. Bauer wrote, in her publication Lynn/Linn Quarterly, April 1986, about family stories of Jessie being shot by an Indian arrow and knocked off a raft while crossing either the Tennessee or Ohio Rivers and died when Mary Ann was 10 years old. That would put her father, Jessie’s death about 1822. Eldest son George would have been age 13, Molly age 9 and Henry age 4. What of their Mother, Susanna (Dent) Maupin; I’ve found no record of her death.
Per Phyllis J. Bauer’s research, Guardianship Papers for the youngest child, James Henry Maupin were drafted in 1833, with Guardianship given to George Maupin, his cousin, son of Jessie’s brother Mosias Maupin. The Guardianship papers were found in the 1863 estate settlement papers of George, following his death in 1862.
Mary’s brother James Henry, age 15 in 1833, grew up with his cousins in Calloway County, Missouri. What became of his siblings in 1833, George, age 24, Mary Ann, age 22, and Molly, age 20? First records found for each were marriage records. George married Amanda Brissey in 1842 in Scott, Illinois. Molly married in May of 1834 to Marshall Belew and Mary Ann married in August 1838, in Greene County, Illinois, the second, or possible third wife to Lewis Francis Lynn. Mary Ann outlived her husband by 27 years, living to be 66 years old. She is buried in the Lynn Cemetery in Calhoun County, Illinois.