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Sarah Jane McComas

Female 1838 - 1872  (33 years)


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  • Name Sarah Jane McComas  [1
    Born 14 Mar 1838  Sangamon County, Illinois, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Name Sarah Jane Featherston  [1
    Reference Number 31702 
    Reference Number mem 45 
    Died 06 Mar 1872  Butler, Bates County, Missouri, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I31702  Featherstone Main
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2014 

    Family William Henry Featherston,   b. 16 Feb 1839, Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Mar 1925, Harris County, Texas, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 07 Sep 1865  Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Mary L Featherston,   b. 1866, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 1913, Wimmer Cemetery, Auburn, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     2. William Taylor Featherston,   b. 1868, Auburn, Sangamon County, Illinois, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1948, Prague, Oklahoma, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Robert Lee Featherston,   b. 19 Jan 1872, Butler, Bates County, Missouri, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1952, Douglas, Converse County, Wyoming, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F10276  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • After 1850 I find no information about William Henry until 1865. Ihave a copy of a marriage record showing that Sept. 7, 1865 he marriedSarah Jane McComas, daughter of Elisha and Sophia Shelton McComas, inSangamon County, ILSo far in my search I have been unable to locatethem in the 1870 census, but we know that according to the 1880 censusof Sangamon co., IL their first child, Mary L. was born in 1866 andtheir second child William Taylor was born in 1868, both in Illinois.

      In 1872 William Henry and his family were in Butler. BatesCounty, Missouri, where their third child, my grandfather Robert Lee.was born Jan. 19, 1872. Sarah Jane died March 6, 1872, this accordingto a copy of a letter written by William Henry to her parents in IL.The same letter also indicates she is buried in Butler, MO and althoughI have searched the cemeteries there on two different occasions I havenever found her grave. I assume there never was a marker or over theyears it has deteriorated. The state of MO indicates they do not havedeath records that go back that far. I also searched the newspaperfrom Butler for that time in hopes of finding an obituary but never didfind one or any other notice or item about her death. I do have a copyof Robert Lee's birth certificate that I found among my Mother's thingsafter she died.

      Sarah Jane's sister, Mary Ellen McComas Davis and her husband Andrew,who lived in Wayne County, Iowa, near the little town of Bethlehem, tookthe baby, Robert Lee to raise. Andrew Davis died in 1874 and Jim,the eldest son of Andrew and Mary Ellen helped raise my grandfatherRobert Lee Featherston.

      I next find William Henry back in Sangamon County, IL where on Jan.1.1874, he married a widow, Mrs. Nancy Vancil who according to the 1880census, was ten years older than he was. This census shows them to bein Auburn, IL and William's two oldest children Mary L. andWillie are listed in the household. I have a copy of the record ofmarriage for William Henry and Mrs. Nancy Vancil, as well as a deathcertificate for Nancy Featherston, who died March 22. 1891 and isburied in Wimmer Cemetery, Auburn township. Auburn, IL.

      In October, 1984 we searched the Wimmer Cemetery for a headstonefor Nancy Featherston but were unable to locate one. We didhowever locate a headstone for William Featherston, who died Sept.14. 1878, age 79 years, 9 months and 7 days. This beyond a doubthas to be William R. Featherston. father of William HenryFeatherston. The grave is on a lot owned by Wm. H. Featherston,according to the index for the Sangamon County Cemeteries. I do have apicture of this head stone.

      In 1894, according to the newspaper Carlinvilie Democrat datedThursday Feb. 1, 1894 the following appeared: Wm. H. Featherston ofAuburn and Mrs. Amelia Nevins of Palmyra were married at the residenceof Rev. W.A. Wright last Wednesday night about six o'clock. Theyhave gone to live on Mr. Featherston's farm near Auburn. Thisinformation is confirmed by a copy of a marriage license for MacoupinCounty, IL between William H. Featherston age 54, and Mrs. Amelia J.Nevins age 34, and dated Jan. 24, 1894. The reverse side of thisdocument has the following information: ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF HEALTH -RETURN OF MARRIAGE TO COUNTY CLERK 1. Full name of Groom: William H.Featherston 2. Place of Residence: Auburn, Sangamon Co. 3.Occupation: Farmer 4. Age next birthday: 55 years. Color: W Race:5. Place of Birth: Jessamine Co., Kentucky 6. Father's name: WilliamFeatherston 7. Mother's Maiden name: Martha Dunn 8. Number of Groom'sMarriage: Third 9. Full name of Bride: Amelia J. Nevins 10. Place ofResidence: Palmyra 11. Age next birthday: 35 years. Color: W Race:12. Place of birth; Macoupin Co., IL 13. Father's name: David Dikes14. Mother's Maiden name: Louisa (?)relton 15. Number of Bride'sMarriage: Second 16. Married at: Palmyra in the county of Macoupin andstate of Illinois, the 24th day of January 1894. 17. Witnesses toMarriage: Nellie Ditson. Mrs. W.A. Wright This information gave me thefirst solid clue to Wm. Henry's parents and also told me he had beenmarried 3 times when I had always assumed he had been married only 2times.

      We searched the records of Macoupin County at Carlinvilie andlearned that Amelia J. Nevins was the widow of John Nevins whose EstateProbate dated March 7, 1894 shows they had a child Elmer Nevins andthat the estate, a lot in the town of Modesto. IL had to be sold tosettle debts owed. It indicates the Administrator was AlexanderNevins and Elmer Nevins. Since I find no later evidence of ElmerNevins, I assume he remained in Macoupin Co., IL and did not live withWilliam Henry and Amelia. The next trace of Wm. Henry and Amelia is adeed dated August 17, 1897 which conveys to Charles E. Davis landin Wayne County, Iowa that Elisha McComas had filed on and left to hischildren when he died. This deed was for the portion of this landhe left to his now deceased daughter Sarah Jane McComas Featherston.The deed bears the signatures of not only William Henry and Amelia,but also the signatures of Mary L. Featherston and her husband WilliamS. Harris, William T. Featherston and his wife, Clara, and Robert LeeFeatherston and his wife Belle Webber Featherston. From the descriptionof the land and from what my Mother has told me, I believe this to bewhere Robert Lee and Mary Belle Webber Featherston were living whenmy Mother was born Feb. 8, 1897.

      I next find William Henry and Amelia in the 1900 census of HarrisCounty Texas, as follows: W.H. Featherston age 61 born KYA.J. Featherston age 41 born TN U.O. Featherston age4 born IL H.C. Featherston age 3 born IL Thesechildren were a daughter Eunice Opal born in 1895 died Feb. 13, 1943.She was married to Julius Koester and she is buried in Harris Co.,TX. Henry Clay born Oct. 9, 1896. He died August 24, 1900 and isburied in Magnolia Cemetery at Katy, Texas. I have a picture of hisheadstone and also visited the grave site in Nov. of 1983. Following isthe inscription on the stone: 'Henry Clay son of W.H. and A.J.Featherston born Oct. 9, 1896, died Aug. 24. 1900 Jesus said: Sufferlittle children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is thekingdom of God.' The 1910 census for Harris Co., TX shows the following:W.H. Featherston age 71 A.J. Featherston age 49 E.O.Featherston age 14 C.L. Featherston age 9 R.E.Featherston age 8 born TX These last two sons were CarlStewart born in 1901 who died Sept. 7, 1957 in Ft. Bend County, TXin an accident. He was electrocuted. Royce E. born in 1902 and diedin Harris Co., TX June 21, 1982. [4]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1071] Featherstone Society Member Joyce F Hawkins 45, JFHGEN@aol.com, Compiler: Joyce F Hawkins, (21 June 2001), mem45. (Reliability: 1).
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    2. [S1071] Featherstone Society Member Joyce F Hawkins 45, JFHGEN@aol.com, Compiler: Joyce F Hawkins, (21 June 2001), mem45. (Reliability: 1).
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    3. [S1071] Featherstone Society Member Joyce F Hawkins 45, JFHGEN@aol.com, Compiler: Joyce F Hawkins, (21 June 2001), mem45. (Reliability: 1).
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    4. [S1765] Featherstone Society Member Elaine Boston, E. Elaine Boston, (2014).