Mary J. Way was on the 1840 census in Orangeburg County, SC, age 40-49, with two young boys, one between 5 and 9 years, and the other between 10 and 14 years. I believe the two boys were Madison Parler Way, age 13, and Jefferson Griffith Way, age 5. On the 1850 census, we find Jefferson Griffith Way, age 16, living with Mary Way, age 56, in Charleston, Goose Creek, SC.
Would anyone happen to know the parentage of Mary Jane Way or can otherwise identify her? She is listed in findagrave.com as born in 1794 and died in 1859, buried Target United Methodist Church Cemetery, Orangeburg County.
According to Jefferson Griffith Way, in his responses to Charles Granville Way's ca. 1900 questionaire, the children of Aaron Way & Rachel Parler Way were parceled out to family members when their parents became ill and/or died.