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How did John Monroe Fenstermacher die?

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My gggg grandfather, John Monroe Fenstermacher was born on June 23, 1805 in Northumberland, PA to Johann Georger Fenstermacher and Elizabeth Harter. John died on August 1, 1873, age 68 in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana. He was buried in Amanda Township, Hancock County, Ohio.

He was married to Mary Catherine Beck, who was born March 28, 1806 in Pennsylvania. Mary died September 4, 1887 in Van Wert County, Ohio at the age of 81. They had a daughter, Catherine Fenstermaker in 1835.

Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni is a border town and penal colony in north-west French Guiana.

My question is, why was John there? Under what circumstances would have brought him to the area at the ripe old age of 68? Might he have been an inmate of the prison? Why ship his body to Ohio. Most prisons would have buried him in a potter's field.

Thanks for any help in this matter.


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by ngairedith on 2011-07-19 20:29:42

in the "History of Hancock County Ohio", it mentions that John Fenstermacher with his wife Catherine came from Fairfield County, Ohio to Amanda Township, Hancock County, Ohio in 1831 and settled in Section 21 where he died in 1873

their children in the 1850 census of Amanda Township were:
Jonas aged 23, a Blacksmth (born about 1827)
Andrew aged 20, a Farmer (born about 1830)
John aged 17, a Farmer (born about 1833)
Catherine aged 14 (born about 1836)
George aged 12 (born about 1838)
Leah aged 8 (born about 1842)
Delila aged 4 (born about 1846)

in the 1860 census they also had:
Mary aged 9 (born about 1851)

in the 1870 census they also had:
William aged 8 (born about 1862)

this is a family tree for John Monroe FENSTERMACHER & Catharine BECK

this tree also has a child:
Elizabeth born 1828 not in the census because she married in 1849 to Joseph BAUCHER

they also list a child:
Christena Fenstermacher born abut 1839

this tree says the John was born in Northumberland, married in Fairfield an died in Hancock

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