I saw your message board and I would love to talk to you about both Mary Ann and Joel. They would be my 4th great grandparents. I have a picture of Mary Ann that was passed down to my mother (Cheryl Davis) from her grandmother Jessie Shaw Davis. It has a message on the back about Mary Ann and we are trying to figure out if it is true. It says her name and that her step father was Oliver Wolcott signer of the Declaration of Independence and that she was born on the white river.
This is what I have found so far:
Joel was the son of Willliam Henry Brandenburg and he hired William Newton Byers (cousin) as his lawyer to help claim the Brandenburg Prussian estates. Joel and Mary Ann were married in Fountain on April 6th of 1837. I have been unable to find who Mary Ann's parents.