When and where did Mary Jane Ryan and Daniel Hardie get married?
Mary Jane Ryan (1841-1926) married John O’Neil on June 5, 1859 in St. Louis, Missouri. John O’Neil is presumed to have died between 1859 and 1866.[i] Mary Jane and John O’Neil had a son, Eugene John O’Neil, born March 4, 1860 in St. Louis. Eugene died on March 30, 1890.[ii]
Daniel Hardie (1838-1916) married his second wife, Elisabeth Ferguson on April 8, 1867 in Pollokshaws, Renfrew, Scotland. They had three daughters: Janet, born September 6, 1867 in Pollokshaws; Isabella, born September 4, 1869 in Pollokshaws; and Elizabeth, born July 23, 1872 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Elizabeth Ferguson died on March 17, 1874 in Cincinnati.
Mary Jane (Ryan) and Daniel Hardie had their first son, Daniel Eugene Hardie, in Cincinnati on October 17, 1878. I guessed that Mary Jane and Daniel Hardie married between March 1874, when his wife died, and October 1878, when their son was born. It seemed possible that they married in Cincinnati, where both those events took place. However, Anne Lonnemann told me she believed they were married in St. Louis. Further, she thought they were next door neighbors in St. Louis prior to their marriage.
I could find no marriage record in St. Louis or Cincinnati for Daniel Hardie and either a Mary Jane Ryan or a Mary Jane O’Neil. I found only one marriage record in St. Louis for a Daniel Hardie. It was between Daniel and a Mary J. Taylor in St. Louis on March 6, 1877.
I checked the 1877 St. Louis city directory and found the following listings:
- Taylor, Mary J., widow of Charles, residing at 2636 Sarah
- Hardy, Daniel, potter, residing at 2634 Sarah
It appears that Mary Jane Ryan had another marriage between John O’Neil and Daniel Hardie. It seems probable that Daniel Hardie and Mary Jane (Ryan) Taylor were married on March 6, 1877 in St. Louis by a Justice of the Peace. Further, they were next door neighbors at that time![iii]
 Ancestry.com. Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.
 Grave marker inscription, Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
 Burial Certificate, St. Louis, MO, Health Department Office, filed March 31, 1890. (Cause of Death: Stomach Cancer)
 Marriage Register, 1867, Parish of Eastwoods, County of Renfrew; Scotland’s People (www.scotlandspeople.com).
 Birth Register, 1867, Parish of Eastwoods, County of Renfrew; Scotland’s People (www.scotlandspeople.com).
 Birth Register, 1869, Parish of Eastwoods, County of Renfrew; Scotland’s People (www.scotlandspeople.com).
 Certificate of Death for Elizabeth (Hardie) Nolan, Ohio Department of Health, January 23, 1947.
 Index of Deaths, Card 270 for Elizabeth Hardy, referencing page 75 of 1874 Cincinnati death register, University of Cincinnati, University Libraries, Archives & Rare Books Libraries.
 Index of Births, Card 5692 for Dan Hardy, referencing page 158 of 1878 Cincinnati birth register, University of Cincinnati, University Libraries, Archives & Rare Books Libraries.
 “Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2D6-3Y3 : 6 December 2014), Daniel Hardie and Mary J. Taylor, 06 Mar 1877; citing Saint Louis, St Louis, Missouri; FHL microfilm 528,180.
 “City Directories for St. Louis, Missouri, 1863-1923 database, Fold3.com (https://www.fold3.com).
[i] I do not have a death record for John O’Neil. However, the 1866 St. Louis City Directory lists a Mary Jane O’Neil, the widow of John, boarding at 52 South 7th, on the southwest corner of Clark Avenue. In the same directory, Mary Jane’s brother, William H. Ryan is listed as working in/operating a saloon. The address for both the saloon and William’s residence is 52 South 7th, on the southwest corner of Clark Avenue. Also in this directory, Catherine Ryan, the widow of Patrick, is boarding at the same address. Catherine Ryan is the mother of Mary Jane and William.
[ii] In his 1889 will, Eugene O’Neil appointed William H. Ryan, Mary Jane’s brother, as his executer. Eugene left his entire estate to William Ryan in trust for Mary J. Hardie stating: “it being my object . . . to secure for my mother, after my decease, a comfortable house, and the benefit of all [my] property, goods and chattels . . . free from the interferences of her husband, or other persons”.
[iii] The 1877 St. Louis city directory also has a listing for Eugene J. O’Neil, a clerk at Semple & Birge Manufacturing Company, who resided at either 2036 or 2636 Sarah. (The type was blurred.) It appears that Mary Jane Taylor is either residing with her son at this time, or a few blocks away.