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Mary Russell Warner

  • Birth 20 Nov 1754 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 21 Apr 1846 Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Old Grounds Block 1, Lot 84.
  • Memorial ID 8140968

Mary "Polly" was the daughter of Ellis Russell and Jane Catherine Wolcott. She was born in Ellington Parish, Windsor, Hartford, CT.
9 RUSSELL siblings, first 6 born in Ellington Parish, Windsor, CT; last 4 born in Springfield, MA.:

1. Stephen Russell B-11/9/1752.
2. [Self] Mary Russell (11/20/1754-4/21/1846); m. David Calvin Warner [Sr.].
3. Miriam Russell B-2/1/1757.
4. Abner Russell B-3/22/1759.
5. Roxy/Roxa Russell B-4/27/1762 m. Calvin Stephenson.
6. Wolcott Russell (8/17/1766-1820).
7. Archelaus Russell (~1770-5/23/1783).
8. Lucinda/Lucy (Russell) (5/14/1773-9/10/1863); m. Daniel Warriner (Both died in Springfield, MA.).
9. Oliver Russell (5/9/1777-1841).
10. Roswell Russell (11/24/1778-11/19/1822).
Source: "Descendants of William Russell of Salem, Mass, 1674," [DWR], by George Ely Russell, pub. 1989, 200 copies printed; pg. 39. [George Ely Russell: Memorial #103691765.]
She married at age 24, David-5 Calvin Warner [Sr.]; intent to marry published on 17 January 1779 in Conway, MA. David was a son of Jesse-4 Warner Sr. and his wife 2) Mary (Cooley) VenHorn.

Their 13 WARNER children: some born in CT, MA, and NY.

13 WARNER children:
1. Polly Warner Adams (4/27/1779-1861).
Probably TWINS with
2. Wareham Warner (8/21/1779-1854).
3. Lucinda J. (Warner) Pembrook (1781-1825).
4. Lucretia Warner (1783-1803).
5. David Calvin Warner (1785-1876).
6. Anna (Warner) Church (1788-1855).
7. Russell Warner (1790-1828).
8. Stephen Warner (1792-1834).
9. Elizabeth (Warner) Johnson (1793-1854).
10. Harriet (Warner) Rice (1794-1863).
11. Elihu Warner (1796-1884).
12. John Warner (1797-1871).
13. Luther Warner (1798-1850).

After Mary's husband David died in 1831, some of her children (Harriet Warner and her husband Sylvester Rice) helped her move to MI in 1844 in a covered wagon, and there was an exciting tale about her trip--a pie chest, a flat boat at Buffalo, NY--a storm--a change in travel plans--an overland journey--which continues to be told to this day at the MI Warner Reunions, held continuously since 1915. Had Mary not followed her intuition, she and the Rice family would have drowned as other travelers did on that fateful boat ride. Consider, too, that two of her brothers drowned at the same time in 1783 when she was 29 years old, so she would have been especially wary of Lake Erie and stormy clouds in the sky.

It would seem possible that Mary's name would appear in some MI census search between 1840 and her death in April 1846, even if only as a "female over 70..."

Her husband, David-5 C. Warner Sr., was a Revolutionary War soldier as was his brother Jesse-5 Warner Jr. and their father, Jesse-4 Warner Sr.

Mary is buried in the Warham/Wareham Warner burial plot in Albion, Calhoun, MI. On her headstone is etched:

"Friends nor physicians could not save
my mortal body from the grave.
nor can this grave confine me here
when Christ doth call I must appear."
"Both David and Mary (Russell) Warner were living in the 1830 census with their daughter Harriet and her husband Sylvester Rice in Wayne County New York, in Walworth Township. By the time of the 1840 census David had died and Mary was still there in the same place with the Rice's.

Name: Sylvester Rice
Home in 1840 census: Walworth, Wayne, New York

Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9:-1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14:-1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19:-2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:-1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59:-1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14:-2
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19:-1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49:-1
Free White Persons - Females - 80 thru 89:-1
Persons Employed in Agriculture:-2"
Source: Richard, 5/5/2015.
"In the Surrogate Court at Lyons, Wayne, NY and filed under the number 084 is the probate for David Calvin Warner Sr. His will is dated 28 March 1831. The will names twelve of the same children as listed in "The Descendants of Andrew Warner" (Lucretia died young). His children were named when the parent-heir was deceased. A son-in-law, Sylvester Rice, was made administrator of the David C. Warner estate. In the Final Settlement, one item was the following: "By Boarding, Clothing and taking care of the widow of the deceased since his death April 16, 1831, up to this time, at $75 per year (her support being bequeathed out of the personal property of the deceased), $375.00."
"In 1844, Sylvester and Harriet (Warner) Rice left Walworth, N.Y. and came to Homer, Calhoun, Mich. and also brought Mary (Russell) Warner, widow of David Warner..."
Source: Russell Lewis Warner, 1971.
Mary was a descendant of Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, who was wrongly accused and hanged as a witch in Salem, MA. Elizabeth's mother was Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, who was one of the women hanged in Salem Village, MA in 1692 during the Salem Witch Trials. One of Rebecca's sisters was also hanged, and a third sister barely escaped.

TOWNE Lineage:
Mary-5 Russell m. David-5 C. Warner Sr,
Ellis-4 Russell m. Catherine Jane Wolcott,
Ebenezer-3 Russell m. Deborah Hibbard,
William Russell m. Elizabeth-2 Nurse,
Francis Nurse m. Rebecca-1 Towne. Rebecca was wrongly hanged as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials.

Epitaph to Rebecca Nurse written by poet John Greenleaf Whittier:

“O Christian Martyr who for truth could die
When all around thee owned the hideous lie!
The world redeemed from Superstition’s sway
Is breathing freer for thy sake today.”
LOOMIS/WHITE lineage: Mary-6 Russell, Catherine-5 Jane Wolcott, Moses-4 Loomis, Nathanial-3 Loomis, Elizabeth-2 (Moses) Loomis, John-1 Loomis and his wife Mary White.
RUSSELL lineage: Mary-4 Russell and David C. Warner Sr, Ellis-3 Russell and Jane Catherine Wolcott, Ebenezer-2 Russell and Deborah Hibbard; William-1 Russell and Elizabeth Nurse.
Mary was a 1st cousin several times removed of Oliver Wolcott, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Her brother, Oliver Wolcott Russell, was named in his honor.
Mary's (wife of David-5 C. Warner Sr) 1st cousin, Nancy Russell #22409420 (daughter of Mary's brother, Oliver Wolcott Russell), m. Robert Berry Sr and moved to MI; their son, Robert Berry Jr m. Elnora Lucretia Warner (daughter of Luther Warner #65208700 who was son of Mary (Russell) and David-5 C. Warner, Sr.); Elnora (was tricked by and lied to by Mormon Simon Dalton) m. 2) Simon Dalton and Elnora became a Mormon-by-marriage, taking her two Berry children with her to Illinois.
Mary and David-5 C. Warner Sr's son Luther, married Permilla Stanton and their 3X great-grandson was Mitt Romney, Presidendial candidate in 2012.

ROMNEY connection:
Luther-6 WARNER, Elnora-7 (Warner) Berry, Rosetta-8 Mary (Berry) Robison, Alma-9 (Robison) LaFount, Lenore-10 (LaFount) Romney, W.-11 Mitt Romney.
Research: Mary E. Warner, 2011.

Family Members

Gravesite Details D. age 93. Husband David Warner.