Her great grandfather, Captain Daniel Paddack (1707-1743), was lost at sea with his crew while whaling in 1743.
Her grandfather, George Hussey (1738-1804) had ownership in at least two whaling vessels: the Harlequin and the Mary Ann. When we visited Nantucket in 2009, I found a copy of a bill of sale for a 1/16th interest in the Mary Ann –from George Hussey to his son-in law, Peleg Easton, Mary’s father in 1789, the same year that our US Constitution was ratified. The handwritten document is interesting to read. The ship was provisioned and ready for a “Whaling cruize to the Coast of the Cape of Good Hope” (southern horn of Africa).