Mary Able

ID # 126, (1815-1879)
FatherDavid Able (1786-1858)
MotherMary Dineen (1790-1868)
BirthMary Able was born on 17 August 1815 at Upper Canada. 
MarriageShe married Daniel Coleman, son of William Coleman and Catherine Jones
DeathShe died on 17 June 1879 at Beverly Township at age 63. 
BurialShe was buried at Troy Cemetery. 
NoteThe year of Mary's birth is questionable. Her death registration reads as follows:

Death reg. 016901-79 Beverly Twp., Wentworth County
Mary Coleman died June 17, 1879, age 63-10/12, widow of late Daniel Coleman, born Ontario (supposed to be in Beverly). Methodist. Informant Wesley Coleman, farmer, Beverly. Registered June 20, 1879. Signed by township clerk Wallace McDonald.

Mary's age as shown would place her birth as August 17, 1815. This isn't likely accurate, but, first, given the context of Mary's death registration, plus the date of registration - June 20, 1879 - we must believe that she did indeed die in 1879.

Mary's year of death as it appears on her stone, per Harley Misener's transcription and the transcription done by the Hamilton branch of the OGS, as 1878. Also, the two transcriptions have her age as 68 years, 8 months and 29 days.

It would be tempting to go with her date of birth as based on her age as it appears in the transcriptions of her stone. The difficulty with this is that David Able's will appears to mention his daughters in order of their age. Mary is mentioned after Elizabeth and such information as we have places Elizabeth's year of birth to 1813.

We'll mention here that Wallace McDonald, township clerk of Beverly, did not always have the most readable handwriting, but Mary's age as it appears on her death registration is crystal clear as being 63.

So, with much room for error, Mary's year of birth is shown here as 1815.

The above death registration states that Mary was born in Ontario with the note 'supposed to be in Beverly'. Since Mary's father did not purchase land in Beverly until 1818 and at the time was said to be living in Trafalgar, it's probable that Mary and her brother David were born in Trafalgar.

That Mary Abel Coleman was the daughter of David and Mary Able, buried in Troy Cemetery, is beyond doubt. This is made clear by the mention of daughter Mary (first name only) in David Able's will. He also mentions daughter Harriet. Harriet married John Gamble. She lived long enough that her death registration form had space for the names of the parents of the deceased. Her registration shows her parents as David Abel and Mary Dineen. Harriet's will also has bequests for nieces and nephews, some of whom are the children of her sister, Mary Able Coleman.


Children of Mary Able and Daniel Coleman

Last Edited25 Sep 2017