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229. Sarah Jane WISHARD215 was born on 8 August 1861.119,207

I found Sarah living with the family of Jacob DeVault in 1880. She was age 18 and listed as a boarder. Jacob DeVault was age 59, b. Ohio, his father b. VA, his mother born in PA. His wife Margaret was age 55, b. Ohio, her father b. VA, her mother b. Ohio. Son Geo. W. was age 21, born in Ohio. Daughter Mary E. age 18, b. Ohio and daughter Dora age 16, b. Ohio. Dora would marry Sarah's brother Henry.

Sarah married John B. Lester, 27 Feb 1881, Bloomfield. He was 24; she was 20. John's parents listed as Geo. W. Lester & Rhoda Johnson. Sarah's parents were Wm. Wishard and Margaret Breeding.

1895 Iowa State Census. Davis Co. Hh 492
John B. Lester, 37, Post Master, Christian Church
Sarah J. 38
Mamie, 13. Minnie, 11.

This family impossible to find after the 1895 census. FamilySearch suggests she died in California, 1907 - which has no source. However, John B. Lester, age 44, married 28 Nov 1900, in Bloomfield, to Alcyone Freeman, age 25, daughter of John H. Freeman. His parents were listed as Geo. W. Lester and B. T. Johnson. Either they had divorced or Sarah Wishard had died prior to this marriage. He married again on 5 Jun 1904 in Bloomfield to May Hatton, age 31, daughter of L. T. Hatton and Henrietta Lemaster. Again his parents listed as Geo. W. Lester and Rhoda Johnson.

There is a California marriage Sarah J. Lester, age 35 (born about 1862) - 10 Dec 1897 in Tehama, California, to William P. Smith.
Also in the California Marriages: Minnie E. Lester, age 17, married Charles C. Cowles, age 24, on 28 Mar 1900 in Tehama, CA.

1900 Census. Sierra Twp, Tehama, CA, Hh 209
Charles C. Cowles, b. Feb 1876, age 24, not yet married a year, b. CA, Section man
Minnie E., wife, b. Mar 1883, 17, b. Iowa
Sadie J. Smith - mother-in-law, b. 1862, age 38, Divorced, had 2 children, both living, b. Iowa
Red Bluff Twp, Tehama, CA, Living in a boarding house:
William Smith, b. Sep 1857, age 42, Divorced, b. Iowa, Laborer, Planing Mill

By 1910, Sarah was not living with Minnie. I did find in Los Angeles CA, Assembly Dist 71, Hh 301:
Sarah J. Smith, 48 widow, had 2 children - both living, b. Iowa
Will R. Smith, son, 26, single, b. Iowa, father, b. IL, Bill Clerk, Grocery
I cannot be sure this is Sarah - but it does seem to be...

Sarah Jane WISHARD and John B. LESTER were married on 27 February 1881 in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa.202 John B. LESTER, son of George W. LESTER and Rhoda T. JOHNSON, was born in 1858 in Iowa.216

1880 Census. Bloomfield, Davis Co, Iowa, Hh 117
Geo. W. Lester, age 73, b. KY, parents b. VA
Rhoda, 62, wife, b. IL, parents b. NC
all born in Iowa:
Mary, 23, dau
John, son age 21
Carrie, 14, dau
[living next door to William & Alice Wishard and daughter Nora]

Sarah Jane WISHARD and John B. LESTER had the following children:



Mamie LESTER was born on 28 October 1881 in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa.



Minnie LESTER was born on 5 March 1883 in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa.

Sarah Jane WISHARD and William P. SMITH were married on 10 December 1897 in Tehama County, Californa. William P. SMITH was born in September 1857 in Iowa.