Mary Black was the daughter of James Witherspoon Black and Johanna Nisbet Oliphant, and the granddaughter of Alexander Oliphant and Martha McMekin Nisbet Oliphant. She was born March 13, 1858 in Richmond township, Missouri and died June 1, 1895 in Richmond, Missouri.
Little is known about Mary, however, the 1880 census lists her as an idiot, an unfortunate designation. She was living with her uncle Alex Maitland and her half sister Mary G. Oliphant Maitland.
Mary's mother, Johanna, or Joanna, was the daughter of John Nisbet and Martha McMekin, but used the name Oliphant.
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