Charles Hexter & Ann Rendle are my grtgrt grandparents and I have had Mary Ann provisionally included as their first child in my Family Tree (on Ancestry with Comments) for some time since I got the DNA results. If the 1844 birth is indeed her she certainly lived to a good old age - she died in 1940!
It is understandable that some members of the recent US families were not aware of James Shapley's first marriage since the 3 children were still quite young when Bertha died in 1876. And, of course, the children would subsequently have accepted Mary Ann as their mother anyway.
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