Person:Mary Segars (8)

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Mary Ann Segars
m. Abt 1759
  1. Catherine Segars1760 -
  2. Jeremiah Seger1763 - Bef 1808
  3. Francis Segar1765 - Bef 1808
  4. Joseph Seger1767 -
  5. Reuben Segars1769 - Bef 1803
  6. Mary Ann Segarsabt 1773 - bef 1847
  7. Anne Segars1779 - 1849
  • H.  Wilson (add)
  • WMary Ann Segarsabt 1773 - bef 1847
m. Bef Sep 1803
  1. James L. Wilson1803 - 1850
  • HDavid Short1765-1770 - Bef 1842
  • WMary Ann Segarsabt 1773 - bef 1847
m. 3 Mar 1812
  1. Mary Ann Short1814 - 1882
  2. William Short1816 - 1853
Facts and Events
Name[10] Mary Ann Segars
Gender Female
Birth[2][11] abt 1773 Delaware, United States
Marriage Bef Sep 1803 Based on birth date of only known son
to Wilson (add)
Other Bef Sep 1803 non-marriage?????
with Wilson (add)
Marriage 3 Mar 1812 Cecil, Maryland, United Statesto David Short
Census[1] 1820 Cecil, Maryland, United States
Property[3] 10 Sep 1829 Cecil, Maryland, United Stateswith siblings, husband, and others received compensation for land taken to build a road
Will[5] 3 Feb 1843 Cecil, Maryland, United StatesWill written
Property[8] 1 Jun 1844 Cecil, Maryland, United Statespurchased property
Other[4] Apr 1846 Cecil, Maryland, United Statesin court
Death[6] bef 21 May 1847 Cecil, Maryland, United States
Probate[6] 21 May 1847 Cecil, Maryland, United Statessons James L. Wilson and William Short bonded as executors of will
Probate[9] 13 Jan 1849 Cecil, Maryland, United Statesexecutors sold real estate
Probate[7] 12 Feb 1850 Cecil, Maryland, United StatesFinal Account

Mary Segars was born roughly about 1773, in Delaware, the sixth of seven children of Joseph and Mary Segar.[12] Her father died before she was ten years old and she presumably was one of the five females in her mother’s household in Cecil County, Maryland in 1790.[13] On the 17th of September 1803, in Maryland, she gave birth to a son, James Lake Wilson, named for her brother-in-law, husband of her sister Anne.[14] It is not clear that Mary was married to his father, who so far remains unidentified.

On 3 March 1812, in Cecil County, Maryland, Mary married David Short, a widower with two children. Mary is listed by her maiden name in the marriage record.

Mary and David Short had two children, a daughter Mary Ann, born 19 May 1841, and William, born 18 July 1816. In 1820, the entire family was living in Cecil County, probably somewhere to the east of the town of North East.[1] In early 1823, Mary’s mother died, and Mary apparently inherited an undivided share of land owned by her mother.[15] Mary also had an undivided share in land that had been owned by her brother Francis when he died in early 1808, and in 1829 Mary and David received compensation when part of that land was expropriated to build a road.[3]

Mary’s and David’s marriage may not have been the most successful, as she does not appear with David in the 1830 Census.[16] David, by now quite elderly, died probably about 1834 or 1835[17] On 3 February 1843, presumably while visiting her sons in Frederick County, Maryland, Mary wrote her will.[18] The following year, on 1 June 1844, she purchased a small plot of ground in Cecil County.[8] Several months later, she and another woman became embroiled in a disagreement with a slave, and she sued the slave for assault and battery. The slave, surprisingly, was found not guilty, but Mary appealed.[4] Before the appeal came to court, Mary died, and her estate was settled by her sons, James Wilson and William Short, who were appointed Administrators on 21 May 1847.[9]

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Cecil, Maryland, in Cecil, Maryland, United States. 1820 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 147, Primary quality.

    David Short, 1 male under 10 [William], 1 male 16 to 26 [b. 1794-1804], 1 male 45 and older, 1 female under 10 [Mary], 1 female 16 to 26, 1 female over 45 [Mary]; 1 person employed in agriculture

  2. Putnam County, Missouri; FHL #1254711, in Putnam, Missouri, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, HH 104, Family 105.

    Scott, Wm H., 74, miller, b. DE, father b. MD, mother b. DE
    , Mary A., 66, wife, keeping house, disabilities: rheumatism and hemmorrhage of lungs, b. MD, father b. MD, mother b. DE
    Alden, Hiram, 13, servant, at school, b. IA

  3. 3.0 3.1 Cecil County, in Maryland, United States. Maryland Land Records, Liber JS 27, Folio 180, Primary quality.

    Results of inquiry re: property ownership and damages incurred from construction of a road for use of carriages, waggons, carts or other vehicles for/by the Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland Steam Navigation Company. The Company was incorporated by an Act of the General Assembly of Maryland, passed at December 1825. The property in question extends from Fisher Street in the town of Elkton, MD, to the MD/DE border. Owners of property include:
    1st parcel = Thomas Biddle
    2nd parcel = Elizabeth Pearce and Sarah Ann Pearce, heirs of (NN) Pierce
    3rd parcel = 1/4 to the heirs of William Boulden: Rachel (Mrs. Samuel) Hogg, Elizabeth Boulden, Richard Boulden, and George Boulden; and that Margaret, widow of William Boulden has right of dower to the whole during her life time.
    ditto = 1/4 to Mrs. James Lake
    ditto = 1/4 to Mrs. David Short
    ditto = 1/4 to Francis Segers, Mary (Mrs. John) McWharter, and Reuben Segers;
    ditto = and that Mary, widow of Francis Segers, has right of dower to the whole of parcel 3 during her life time.

    Compensation for damages as follows:
    Thomas Bittle = $900.00
    Elizabeth Pearce and Sarah Ann Pearce = $550.00 each
    Samuel and Rachael Hogg = $33.50
    Elizabeth Boulden, Richard Boulden, George Boulden = $33.50 each
    James Lake and his wife = $153.12
    David Short and his wife = $153.12
    John McWater and his wife Mary = $51.04
    Francis Segers and Reuben Segers = $51.04 each
    Mary Segers, widow of Francis Segers = $87.50
    Margaret Boulden, widow of William Boulden = $19.14
    Members of the jury who determined the above, 12 good and lawful men freeholders in Cecil County not interested nor related to any of the owners of the lots and parcels of land concerned: Enoch Cloud, William Dinkhead, Thomas Russel, George R. Howard, Benjamin Bowen, John Ash, Jacob Ash, John M. Johnston, John Henderson, Alexander Scott, Henry Andrews, Samuel Thompson Jr. Sherrif: Thomas Miller Jr.
    Inquiry taken 10 September 1829

  4. 4.0 4.1 Cecil County Criminal Court Docket April 1843-October 1846; Maryland State Archives, Primary quality.

    April 1846, Docket 41, State of MD vs William Gibson, negro slave
    for an assault and battery committed on the person of Mary Ann Short on or about the month of February Last
    States Witness: Mary Ann Short
    Capias Issued No. 24
    April 1846, Docket 42, State of MD vs William Gibson, negro slave
    for an assault and battery committed on the person of Maria Foster on or about the month of February Last
    States Witness: Mary Ann Short, Tpna Issued
    Capias Issued No. 25

  5. Will of Mary (Segars) Short, in Segars Family Documents, Primary quality.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Maryland. Orphan's Court (Cecil County). Administrator and guardian bonds : 1674-1859. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1948), 1833 - 49, p. 465; FHL #0013881, Primary quality.

    - Mary Short
    James L. Wilson, William Short, Andrew Barrett & Thomas Lake
    Bond of $1200 dated 21 May 1847
    on Condition James L. Wilson and William Short as Executors of Mary Short late of Cecil County

  7. Maryland. Orphan's Court (Cecil County). Administration accounts : 1819-1854. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1948), 1849-1854, p. 35-36; FHL #0013886, Secondary quality.

    - Mary Short, William H. Scott & Wife Mary Short
    By Orphan's Court February Term 1850
    by a second and final account of the estate of Mary Short late of Cecil County deceased, It appears that a Balance of three Hundred and Seventy Six dollars and ninety five and three and quarter cents remains in the hands of the said accountants to be distributed according to Law and in conformity to the will of the said deceased and which said distribution is as follows:
    To James L. Wilson son of the said deceased 1/3 of the said Balance: $125.65 and 1/4
    To William Short son of the said deceased 1/3 of the said Balance: $125.65 and 1/4
    to James L. Wilson and William Short as trustees for Mary Scott daughter of the said deceased 1/3 of the said Balance: $125.65 and 1/4
    Total $376.95 and 3/4
    Recorded 12 Feb 1850

    Note: First Accounting was recorded on 10 Feb 1849, included Assets and Debts, including fees due to the Court Clerk of Cecil County and to the Maryland Court of Appeals Clerk. (Source:Cecil, Maryland, United States. Administration Accounts : 1819-1854| Cecil, Maryland. Admininistration Accounts, Book N 1846-1849, p. 435; LDS #0013885]]

  8. 8.0 8.1 Cecil County, in Maryland, United States. Maryland Land Records, Liber GMC 6, folio 416, Primary quality.

    Indenture 1 June 1844
    Between Stephen McKinne of Cecil County, Maryland
    and Mary Short of same place
    who paid $100
    for land on Elk Neck known by the name of Culbertsons Discovery,
    sold by Thomas and Elizabeth Culbertson to Stephen McKinne 28 may 1838
    Beginning at a stone on the [Genfarnson?] line and running N57E 18 and 1/3 perches thence S37E 7 perches bearing to North East river to the North side of a road thence S72 and 1/4W 8.5 perches along the same thence N14# 34 perches to the place of Beginning containing half acre and 19 square perches more or less
    Signed Stephen x his mark McKinne
    Witness Hugh Brown, JP, David Burnite JP
    Recorded 18 July 1844

  9. 9.0 9.1 Cecil County, in Maryland, United States. Maryland Land Records, Primary quality.

    Liber RCH 1, p. 673
    Indenture 22 Jan 1850
    Between James L. Wilson of Frederick County, Maryland and William Short of same place, executors of Mary Short deceased of the one part
    and Thomas Lake of Cecil County, Maryland of the other part
    who paid $200 (as of 13 Jan 1849)
    for land situate and lying in Elk Neck in Cecil County known by the name of "Stony Range" on the West side of Elk River being the land of which Mary Segars died seized and the same which was conveyed to her by deed recorded in Liber BW 1, folio 328 &c, being an undivided fourth part of all the real estate of which Mary Segars died seized
    Signed James L. Wilson, William Short
    Witnesses: G. W. Moore, JP, John R. Hogg, JP, Geo H. Joyce, JP, J. E. Brown, JP
    Recorded 19 Mar 1850

    Liber RCH 2, folio 256
    Indenture 22 Jan 1850 - sale of half acre and 19 square perches of property purchased by Mary Short for $105, to William Holt

  10. An act for the relief of the heirs of Francis Segar (the elder) and others, in Laws of Maryland. Archives of Maryland Online, Vol. 594, pp. 248-253, 1842, Secondary quality.

    Chapter 291
    Francis Segar the elder died seized of about 153 acres situate partly in Newcastle county in the State of Delaware, and partly in Cecil county in the State of Maryland, died intestate and without issue, having to survive him a widow, Mary who afterwards intermarried with a certain Pennington
    and also having as his heirs at law one brother Reuben Segar and three sisters, Catherine, Mary and Anne Segar
    and the said Reuben Segar afterwards died intestate, having to survive him three children Reuben, Francis, and Mary, who afterwards intermarried with a certain John McWharter
    and the said sister Mary intermarried with a certain David Short now deceased
    and the said sister Catherine intermarried with a certain Ray
    and the said sister Anne intermarried with James Lake and is now living
    and that his brother and sisters each inherited a one-quarter share in Francis Segar's (the elder) estate
    ...
    And that the heirs of Reuben Segar (Reuben, Francis, Mary and John McWharter), and Mary Segars Short in her widowhood, sold their undivided shares to Davidson D. Pearce
    And that Catherine Ray and her husband sold their undivided share to William Bouldin, who afterwards died intestate leaving as his heirs four children, Richard, George, Rachel and Eliza, each inheriting one-sixteenth undivided share of Francis Segar's (the elder) estate
    And that George Bouldin sold his undivided share to John L. Clayton, and the other three children of William Bouldin sold one undivided share to Reuben Lake and two undivided shares to Jesse Lake
    And that Anne and James Lake retain the right to their undivided share
    The whole being subject to the right of dower of Mary Pennington, the widow of Francis Segar, the elder
    And the said tract of land cannot be divided without detriment to the parties entitle, and that a special enactment is necessary to meet the exigencies of the case

  11. Mary's date of birth is an unreliable estimate. According to the the 1820 Census she was born before 1775. Based on the dates of birth of her siblings, she probably was born after her brother Reuben, but before her sister Anne.
  12. Mary and five of her six siblings are named in “An act for the relief of the heirs of Francis Segar (the elder) and others”, in Laws of Maryland. Vol. 594, Chapter 291, pp. 248-253, 1842. Archives of Maryland Online Her five oldest siblings and their parents are named in the records of St Mary Anne's Parish (North Elk Parish), in [[Cecil, Maryland, United States. Early Anglican Church Records of Cecil County|Peden, Henry C., Early Anglican church records of Cecil County., p. 73.
  13. Mary’s mother is listed as head of household in the “1783 Tax List of Maryland: Part I, Cecil, Talbot, Harford, and Calvert Counties”. County, Maryland, Public Library, in Elkton. (Original Lists are in the Scharf Collection at MD Historical Society and Hall of Records); Elk Neck, Cecil, Maryland, in Cecil, Maryland, United States. 1790 U.S. Census Population Schedule
  14. James L. Wilson is named as the son of Mary [Segars] Short in her will. His birth date is taken from his gravestone in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Point of Rocks, Frederick, Maryland (Holdcraft, Jacob Mehrling. Names in stone : 75,000 cemetery inscriptions from Frederick County, Maryland. Vol. II, p. 1242).
  15. This land was sold as part of her estate settlement. Cecil County, in Maryland, United States. Maryland Land Records, Liber RCH 1, p. 673
  16. Cecil, Maryland, in United States. 1810 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 54/280
  17. David Short was last assessed for taxes in 1833 and 1834. Cecil County Assessments, 1802-1807, Historical Society of Cecil County
  18. The witnesses to her will are neighbors of James L. Wilson and William Short in Frederick, Maryland.