I am coming to the point where I heavily suspect that my wife's ancestry may indeed point back to Nancy Tinder. The reasons for doing so are beginning to pile up, but to this point I have no smoking gun evidence to clinch the matter.
My "argument" goes something like this:
a) Mary Susan Curry had to have parents (duh)
b) Family legend "has" that her parents were James Curry and Nancy Tendis.
c) trying to work the Tendis angle gets me absolutely nowhere.
d) Mary S. Curry (who later married Nathan R. Stewart) appears in the 1850 census in Redding Twp, Jackson County Indiana as the daughter of Nancy Yontsey.
e) Nancy Curry married Peter Yontsey in 1849 in Jackson County, Indiana.
f) Next door to Nancy Yontsey in the 1850 census is Timothy P. Tinder.
g) One of Nancy Yontsey's sons in that 1850 census is Timothy P. Curry (coincidence????)
h) Timothy P. Tinder is one of the "accepted" sons of Rev. James and Tabitha (Redding) Tinder.
i) the 1840 census has James Curry living next door to Timothy Tinder.
If I'm looking at this correctly (and of course, I may not be, and would love solid reasoning to eliminate the possibility) James Curry likely died between the death of his youngest son in 1844 and the time of what appears to be his widow's subsequent re-marriage to Peter Yontsey in 1849.
Does anyone have any idea if I'm headed the right direction here?