O.K. all... am sooo excited!! I mentioned that I would follow up if I were to get verification.
You were CORRECT - Leah's maiden name was BRAIN & not Blane!! I was able to get Leah & Moses' daughter... who is our next in line.... her DEATH CERTIFICATE.
Low & behold.... mother's name.... Leah BRAIN!!! You are are fantastic!!
The 'good thing' was, that poor Mary Ann died in Ohio while visiting one of her sons. She was buried in New York with her husband Tom Watkins.
Leah Brain Bates & her husband, Moses Bates.... parents of Mary Ann... also, died in NY state.
Unfortunately, their records are not easy to get. I called last week to try and get information to obtain death certificate..... If they died 'at home' then records would be one place, "in hospital" another, etc. So, even though all these little 'burgs' are nestled together, there is not central place for their certificates.
Thank you, Great Grandma Mary Ann, for passing while 'vacationing' away from New York! LOL