Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mary (Stoner) Lumbard/Duck 1827 - 1900

Mary Ann Stoner
Daughter Of
Born: June 1827 in Snyder County Pa
Died: 18 Apr 1900 in Snyder County, Pa
(1) Josiah Lumbard (likely not married)
Son of
Born: in Maine (According to Joseph's death certificate)

Married 1845 in Penn Twp, Snyder Co PA
(2) Jacob Duck
Born: Sept 1 1822
Died: Dec 12  1862

Children to Josiah Lumbard:

Children to Jacob Duck:
(obit tells us that 3 daughters preceded her in death)
Emma Duck 1849
William H. Duck 1853
Henry Duck 1856
Mary Duck 1858
Edward E. Duck 1867

The death certificates for two of her children list her birth place as Snyder County Pennsylvania.

1844 - son Joseph Asher Lumbard is born
Family accounts say that Joseph's father was a traveling salesman from Maine, and was not married to Mary Ann.  Joseph's birth certificate lists his father as Josiah Lumbard of Maine.

Daughter Emma Duck is born - which leads me to believe that Mary probably married Jacob Duck in 1848, or before.  

Name: Mary A Duck
Age: 23
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Penns, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Family Number: 1134
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Duck 26
Mary A Duck 23
Joseph Duck 6
Emma L Duck 1

(Note that Joseph Lumbard is listed as Joseph Duck in 1850 & 1860)

Name: Maryann Duck
Age in 1860: 32
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Post Office: Selinsgrove
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Jacob Duck 37
Maryann Duck 32
Joseph Duck 16
William Duck 7
Henry Duck 4
Mary Duck 2

1862Her husband Jacob Duck dies
 "Jacob Duck instantly killed while cutting timber just west of town by falling dead tree"

1863 - Receives letter from oldest son Joseph, who is serving in Civil War
Camp   on the Rapidan Sept. 22nd 1863
Dear Mother,

Your very long looked for letter at length arrived and was received with great pleasure and satisfaction I am very pleased to hear that you are all well and that things are going so well. We are encamped in sight of the govnt Rebels. We are laying on one side of the Rapidan River and they are on the other. Our Pickets are within shooting distance of each other but since the first day they do not fire on each other. I was down to the river yesterday and there had a very good sight of the rebel soldier big as life on the other side of the stream which is not near as wide as Penns Creek and our pickets are on this side of it. They are very strongly fortified and will make a pretty good show of a fight but I have no doubt but that we will be able to drive them from the mountains upon which they are fortified: There is no telling when the fight will take place as we have had orders to be ready to fall in at a moments notice for the last week, but I think that a fight will very shortly take place. Well, I think that we are ready and will be more than a good match for them. You told me to obey Capt. Davis. There is no danger that I will disobey him I like the Captain very much. He is a brave and good officer and all the boys are very proud of him. He is ­­­­­­­­_________________ and is very kind to me. I am sixth corporal and soon will be fifth. Theodore Parks Is 2nd Lieut. I also like Nel Byers. He has been very kind to me and used me as well as could be expected by ones own brother, but I like the Captain best. I get letters most every week from Mrs. Henry Bright In Sunbury and: you can __________________ and 20 miles around. she has sent me paper and postage stamps. Several times I wrote a long letter to Lock Haven but did not get an answer. I do not know whether she got it or not. I would very much like to hear from her often and if she would answer my letters I would write regular to her. Tell her this in your next letter, give her my address and then she can send: them right on to me. Tell her to address J. .A Lumbard Co. G, 147th PV ft Brig. 2nd Div. 12th Army Corps, Washington, D.C..

I got the postage stamps and all the things you have even sent. Shirts, tea, chocolate, paper, envelopes, handkerchief and so forth. Leut. Byers has not arrived here yet, consequently I did not get the things you sent by him, but will when he comes. ______ told me to keep ____________________________________________________________________                  ­as there is no telling. If I live you will never suffer but should be killed
It might go very hard with you but we will hope for the best. It is all in the hands of the Ruler of the Universe and: as he wills it so it goes and we must think all is for the best. Should I fall it will not be in a Disgraceful manner _____________________________ ______________________that is right and just.  Just think what would have become of the people if we had not whipped the Rebel Army at Gettysburg. I seen dozens of
people turned out of their homes and their grain destroyed and houses burnt and in some instances men, women and children killed but we sure drove them out of the old Keystone state and soon hope to see them conquered. Don’t alarm yourself about my writing to that girl I have written my last letter and am satisfied. I just wanted to find out something and; when that is done, I am done also. I did not think she was such a darn fool as to blow about it but would keep it a secret since it has turned out as it did  I have written my last to her.
I must bring my letter to a close. Give my best respects to Mrs. Davis. Tell Katy to write another big letter like the last one. Tell me what
Became of______________________________________________________________

you can send; me some this week. Write soon. I remain your affectionate son

J. A. Lumbard

Ms. Davis
Please hand this to .Mrs. Mary Duck. I direct this letter in your name so that mother gets it immediately for fear that she might not send to the office. Am obliged.
Your soldier friend.

                                                                                J. A. Lumbard

Name: Mary A Duck
Age in 1870: 42
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Selinsgrove
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Mary A Duck 42
William Duck 19
Edward Duck 3
Catharine Stom 66

In the 1870 census, a 66 year old Catherine "Stom" lives with them - but looking at the census, I think it actually says Stoner, not Stom - which would make Catherine Mary's mother.

1880 - In 1880, Mary's occupation is "baker"
Name: Mary Duck
Age: 52
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Selins Grove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Baker
Household Members:
Name Age
Mary Duck 52
Henry Duck 24
Edward Duck 17

Mary Stoner is the mother of Joseph Lumbard.  He wrote a letter to her, addressed to "Mother Duck", while in the civil war.  We assume she married a Lumbard, and that he died before she married Jacob Duck, but I can find no record of who her first husband may have been.


From the files of Howard Scharf.  He cannot remember who gave this to him, but it was obviously written by a grandchild of Joseph Lumbard.

Joseph Lumbard was born in Selinsgrove. His father was a traveling salesman from New England and in those days a salesman came to town by train or canal boat and would stay in town for several days. Joseph Lumbard was illegitimate, His father never returned to Selinsgrove but he had a sister from Danville who used to come and visit.
 I remember one time when I was still living in Middleburg and was about four years of age, she came to visit us, She was dressed in green silk which made a noise when she moved. It had lots of lace made in the style of the late nineties.
When grandfather was about 15 he enlisted in the Army and was in the entire Civil War, He was only wounded once, when a piece of shell at Gettysburg hit him back of the ear When he returned to Selinsgrove after the war, he drank too much, I remember two interesting stories about him, Grandmother would not allow him to kiss her before the marriage, On the way to the minister (in a buggy he had hired to drive her to be married) he asked for one kiss and she replied "You have waited this long, you can wait another hour".
After the marriage he still drank. One night he was lying drunk in the gutter outside of the Methodist Church in Selinsgrove while a revival service was going on, He woke up and heard the singing, got up and went into the church, listened to the sermon and went up front when sinners were called. He went home sober and never again touched a drop of liquors In those days almost everyone kept a bottle of whiskey for colds. I know we did in our house, but Grandfather Lumbard never allowed one in his home.

His mother later married a man named Duck and had several children.  I used to visit her home in Selinsgrove and knew Hazel Duck.  She used to take me to Rolling Green Park.  Grandpa Duck was dead and Grandmother Duck earned the living by baking bread. There was a large outdoor oven in the yard where the bread was baked and it always smelled so good around there.  Besides Hazel there were several older girls who were married and I never knew them, but two brothers moved to Williamsport.  When I was 10 or 11 years of age I used to visit Uncle Edward Duck.  He was a floor walker in the rug dep. Of the big department store there.  They were always very nice to me.  After my mother had her operation in Williamsport, she went to Uncle Eds to get well. 


Howard Scharf remembers that Joseph's father was a traveling salesman from New England, and that Joseph was born illigitimate - Mary Ann never married him.

"Josiah Lumbard was born in Maine circa 1820's. He came to PA early 1840's. 
in 1844 he fathered my GGreat grandfather Joseph Ashur Lumbard. Can't 
find marriage information, but I believe Josiah was married to Mary Ann 
Stoner of Selinsgrove, Snyder County, PA. He either died or moved on before 
1850 because the census shows Mary Ann married to Jacob Duck and lists her 
young son Joseph Lumbard as a member of the household."  "She was married to Jacob Duck by 1850. Mary Ann and Jacob Duck and her small son Joseph Ashur Lumbard (c1844) were in the 1850 census. She lived in Selinsgrove and was born in 1827. I know a lot about her later life, but nothing of her early life. She was probably about 18 years old when Joseph was born. I know that Josiah Lumbard was from Maine because his name was on my GGrandfathers death certificate as 'Father' 
and Mary Ann Stoner's name was also there as 'mother'." - From researcher Peggy Brill

Who Are Her Parents?
In 1833 & 1834 we find a Mary Ann Stoner in the Gettysburg Seminary Records - these records are not from Gettysburg PA, many of our Snyder county ancestors are listed in them.  Mary is confirmed in 1844, along with a Christian.

Add in that a Catherine lives with Mary in 1870, and my best guess currently is that Mary is the daughter of Abraham & Mary Catherine (Funk) Stoner.

That's an unproven hunch at this point, and since Abraham did not die until 1870, census records might easily prove this wrong - as Abraham is not listed with Catherine at Mary (Stoner) Ducks home in 1870.

Abraham on find a grave - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=

The obit tells us that Mary had one sister alive in 1900, Mrs Daniel Hahn in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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