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WILEY DUTY & MARY ASWELL mystery solved!
Posted by: Bob Aswell (ID *****5028) Date: December 16, 2002 at 07:22:24
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To all Duty researchers who have been puzzled over the marriage of WILEY DUTY to MARY W. ASWELL in Louisiana:

Wiley Duty's wife was actually MARY W. ATWELL, born 1823, Louisiana.

1880 Trenton, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Census:

DUTY, Marion J., b.1843, LA, divorced
DUTY, M.W., mother, b.1823, LA, widow (Mary W. Atwell)
DUTY, Wesley T., brother, b.1851, LA
DUTY, Mattie L., sister, b.1857, LA
DUTY, Warren M., brother, b.1853, LA
DUTY, Katie, Sister-in-law, b.1855, MS
DUTY, Katie, Niece, b.1876, LA
DUTY, Marion, Niece, b.1878, LA
1880 2nd. Ward, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana Census:

COLVIN, William H., b.1810, SC
COLVIN, Mary, wife, b.1830, LA (Mary W. Aswell)
COLVIN, Loula, daughter, b.1867, LA
COLVIN, William, son, b.1870, LA
COLVIN, Jasper M., Nephew, b.1853, SC
ASWELL, Nannie, Sister-in-law, b.1847, LA
DYE, William, Grandson, b.1859, LA

Mary W. Aswell never married Wiley Duty. She remained married to William Hardwick Colvin until her death on June 30, 1882.

From the book "Collected Ouachita Parish Obituaries", Volume 2, Page 150:

"Mary W. Duty died in Trenton on Tuesday evening (Dec. 7, 1880) at the home of her son-in-law, Robert M. Hardy (husband of SENA DUTY, Mary's daughter). Mrs. Duty, nee ATWELL, was born in this city in 1823...".

Mystery solved!
Bob Aswell

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