Loving wife/widow of Marcena (1803-1861)whom she married in home of her birth in 1824. I have seen the spelling of her husbands name also as Marcum J. Nafus.
All Nafus/Niffis/Neafus/Naphus/Nevius are the descendants of Johannes Nevius who was born March 14, 1627 in Zoelen, Gelderland, Netherlands and died June 1670 in Brrooklyn Kings, New York. He immigrated in 1651.
She moved to Delaware county, Ohio and she came to Michigan from Ohio in 1848. Mary came to Saginaw about 1884.
1840 census 1840 United States Federal Census Name: Marcena Nafus Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Berlin, Delaware, Ohio Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2 Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1 Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2 Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2 Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1 Free White Persons - Under 20: 8 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 10 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10
1850 Census records Washtenaw County, MI-Augusta Township
Marcena J farmer age 47 born in New York value of property 300.00
Mary age 38 born in New York
(all the children were born in Ohio) William S age 19 Jane age 16 Saloma age 14 David age 15 Sophronia age 10 Susan age 9 Samantha age 8 Lucy age 6 Alice age 2 (Note 2 sons George W & John M 21 and 20 at that time and did not live at home. Another child C H wasn't born until Jan 19, 1852 after the census.
1860 Census Name: Marcena Nafus Age in 1860: 60 Birth Year: abt 1800 Birthplace: Ohio Home in 1860: Augusta, Washtenaw, Michigan Gender: Male Post Office: Manchester
Household Members: Name Age Marcena Nafus 60 Mary Nafus 55 Cemantha Nafus 19 Charles Nafus 8
She was the mother of 13 children. Geroge W, John M, William S born June 23, 1831, Jane born 1834, David, Saloma born Oct. 18, 1836, Sophronia born April 7, 1840, Susan, Samantha, Lucy born May 6, 1844, Alice born May 1, 1848, and CH.
Her parents were Alexander and Deborah Dayton.
Name: Mary Nafus [Mary Dayton] Birth Date: abt 1809 Birth Place: New York Death Date: 1 Sep 1893 Death Place: Saginaw, Michigan Death Age: 84 Occupation: Housewife Race: White Marital Status: Widowed Gender: Female Father Name: Alexander Dayton Mother Name: Debolah Dayton