1750 Little Egg Harbor Ocean County New Jersey, USA
Mary was likely born circa 1670, as her husband was born 1664, her son 1693, and her daughter 1696. Her maiden name is unknown but an early record calls her French. She passed away some time after her husband (1736) and before her son Mordecai (1763). The birthdates given for the memorial are mere approximations based on this info, to help descendants separate her from other Mary Andrews.
Below is an account of her husband and the family.
Mordecai Andrews and his brother Edward were Quakers, who settled the Pohatcong/Tuckerton Creek area of Little Egg Harbor Township, 1702. When they first moved there they lived in a cave, and that is where son Mordecai Jr. was born. They say he was probably the first white child (as opposed to Native American) that was born in what is now Tuckerton.
Edward owned the land east of the creek and Mordecai owned 927 acres west of it. Edward, who bought the land from Samuel Jennings, built a gristmill in 1704 and later, a sawmill and Quaker meeting house, and the township developed around them. Some of the Andrews' land and other parcels north and down the shore from there had farms. The creek and bay supplied fish, shellfish, and waterfowl to feed the area's residents.
Mordecai and his family built a 2 1/2 floor house in 1699, and as of 2011 it is still standing. It's known as the Andrews-Bartlett House, and is the oldest house in Ocean County. It had beaded ceiling boards and was very simple. Additions made in 1835, at the same time as the Sea Captain's house, have enlarged the original structure to 1080 square feet. It's part of the Tuckerton Seaport, but is closed to visitors as it's now unsafe to enter. It should be on the historical register and repaired. Doing a web-search may turn up a photo or two.
Mordecai, his wife, and one child were buried on their farm in the stone-hill adjacent to the bay, and on this hill Mordecai Sr.'s wife buried her money, in order to disinherit her son Mordecai, who had married against her will. She put a curse on it; local history states "It was to lie concealed until the time of the fourth generation of her son Mordecai, when the spell was to be removed and the money divided among his prosperity." Mordecai lived there until his death in 1763, his disease being "cancer of the face." ------------------------ From Monmouth County New Jersey Deeds by Richard S. Hutchinson, published by Heritage Books, Inc: pg 35: (p 23) Marriage Certification 14 July 1691 - These are to certified all to whom it may concern that Mordecay Andres & Mary his wife are lawfully joyned together in wedlock according to ye appointment...this ye...(14 July 1691)
Page: 20 Name: Mordecai Andrews Date: 13 Jun 1721 Location: "Littel Eggharbour," yeoman, will of. Children--Mordecai, Alice Mathews, Edith Allen and Mary Cramer. Real and personal estate. Executors--wife Mary and son Mordecai. Witnesses--Elizabeth Willitts, Jonathan Taler, Richard Willitts. Proved Nov. 4, 1736. 1736, ---. Letters testamentary granted unto Mary Andrew, widow, in absence of Mordecai Andrews, the son. Lib. 4, p. 74. 1736, June 19. Inventory of personal estate, £103.6.6; made by Jacob Andrews.