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 Johanna <I>Boyer</I> McDaniel

Johanna Boyer McDaniel

Death Sep 1851 (aged 40-41)
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 114695391 · View Source
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THIS CASE IS STILL BEING PROVEN, but here is the accumulating evidence in support so far:

This city record -- that possibly erroneously calls her Daniel rather than the correct McDaniel -- places her in the same cemetery as her husband at a time that matches these other records:

Calver family vitals records list her by name as wife of Joseph Ashton McDaniel and cite their marriage date (20 Aug. 1830). Joseph's sister Elizabeth married William Goldson Calver, whose family accrued those records.

Calver records included the exact birth dates for all eight of the children of this Johanna (variably called Hannah) and Joseph -- minus daughter Caroline who seems to be the daughter of Joseph with his second wife, also a Hannah, and not the same one who died before her marriage to Joseph. The daughter of that second marriage was born after this first Johanna/Hannah had died.

The 1860 census shows this Joanna's husband Joseph as single, living in his brother Benjamin's home, between the two marriages. When Joseph died, he was listed in the death record as currently married to the second Hannah. The Philadelphia city directory for 1868 lists his widow as Hannah rather than Johanna/Joanna, and this death record is for a Joanna, seemingly the first "Hannah." Joseph's child Caroline was listed as having a mother Hannah, not Johanna, and was born in 1863, after the census showing Joseph as single but after an interval practical for a remarriage just before she was born. Caroline also is in this same cemetery.

Joseph's cousin, Benjamin Tompkins Walton, married Alice Boyer, daughter of Jacob and Mary Boyer of Moyamensing near Kensington, according to Byberry Walton genealogy. It seems likely that Alice and Hannah also were related. Joseph's mother was sister to Benjamin Tompkins Walton's wife Sarah Ashton - hence the middle name Ashton for this Hannah Boyer McDaniels's husband Joseph. In other words, it likely was that first-cousins Walton and McDaniels married Boyer sisters, or possibly Boyer cousins.

A death record of 1851 makes sense for this Johanna -- She shows in the census of 1850, her youngest child had just been born that year, and she would have been in her early 40s when she died. (Another interpreter thinks the death record cites a date of 1857, rather than 1851. That also would work out similarly, for the birth of daughter Caroline by the second wife in 1863.)

Meanwhile, in the 1860 census, when this Joanna/Hannah had died, and while her widower husband is living with his brother and his brother's family, Joseph and Johanna's children Edward and Louisa were living with a Jacob and Sarah Boyer, presumably relatives of this Joanna/Hannah.

The death record fragment that guesstimated her name slightly off as Joanna "DANIELS" rather than McDaniel might similarly be off in guesstimating her at age 50 rather than early 40s, but the rest of the context seems apt.

The record index citing the burial in this cemetery can be accessed at

The accompanying record citing her particular death can be accessed at

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  • Created by: Sue Patterson Miller Smith
  • Added: 31 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 114695391
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Johanna Boyer McDaniel (1810–Sep 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 114695391, citing Union Burial Grounds, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Sue Patterson Miller Smith (contributor 47878260) .