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Notes for Sarah Jane Mann Dyer

The Family of Samuel Dyer and Sarah Jane Mann

1850 censusTown 5 South Range 7 West, Randolph Co., IL Taken Sept 13, 1850
Household #687/692
Robert M. Mann, age 79, b. SC
Mary, age 76, b. SC
Alexander, age 35, b. KY
Robert, age 12, b. IL
Alexander, age 10, b. IL
Elizabeth, age 7, b. IL
Sarah, age 5, b. IL

1860 Randolph Co., IL census, Twp 5S Range 7W, household 566\567
S.A. Mann (45) born KY
Mary (85) born SC
Henrietta (35) born IL
John (24) born IL
Alex H. (22) born IL
Elizabeth (20) born IL
Sarah J. (17) born IL
J.M.F. (6) born IL
E.E. (1) born IL

Randolph Co., IL - License & permission to marry were granted to Mr. Samuel Dyer and Miss Sarah Jane Mann on Oct. 27, 1863. The marriage was actually performed by E.M. Been, Justice of the ? (last word is hard to read) on Oct. 29, 1863. The Justice sat down and recorded these facts on a certificate dated Nov. 17, 1863 - apparently that's where the mixup came about the dates for the marriage on Samuel's pension papers. I still say if their first child was born Dec. 9, 1863 that it was probably an interesting wedding!

1865 - Evansville, Randolph Co., IL state census
Samuel Dyer
1 male 20-29 (Samuel, age 24) $700 livestock, 5# wool.
1 male 0-9 (William, age 2)
1 female 20-29 (Sarah Jane, age 22)

1870 census Twp. 5 South Range 7 west, Randolph Co., IL page 356A
Samuel Dyer, age 29, farmer, b. Canada
Sarah, age 27, keeping house, b. IL
William, age 7, b. IL
Mariette, age 5, b. IL
James, age 2, b. IL

Son James died Sept. 15, 1872. Buried in Preston cemetery, Walsh Township, Randolph Co., IL. Listed on tombstone as 4 y, 7 m, 23 d.

1880 United States Census Mt. Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri Page Number 586A
Samuel DYER Self M Male W 38 CAN Farmer IRE IRE
Sarah J. DYER Wife M Female W 37 IL Keeping House SC SC
Wm. H. DYER Son S Male W 16 IL Farmer CAN IL
Mary E. DYER Dau S Female W 14 IL At Home CAN IL
Edgar H. DYER Son S Male W 9 IL CAN IL
Samuel B. DYER Son S Male W 7 IL CAN IL
John E. DYER Son S Male W 3 MO CAN IL
Manuel H. DYER Son S Male W 1 MO CAN IL
Samuel's brother Bolton listed next door:
B. B. DYER Self M Male W 28 IL Farmer IRE IRE
Elizabeth DYER Wife M Female W 25 IL Keeping House --- ---
Amanda J. DYER Dau S Female W 2 IL IL IL
Marilla DYER Dau S Female W 9M IL IL IL

1886 - Samuel Dyer died.

Marriage affadavits from Pension records:

APPLICATION FOR ACCRUED PENSION (WIDOW'S) - State of Missouri, County of Lawrence. On this 7th day of June, 1886, personally appeared Sarah J. Dyer, who, being duly sworn, declares that she is the lawful widow of Samuel Dyer, deceased; that he died on 10th day of April, 1886; that he had been granted a pension by certificate No. 145.058 which is herewith returned; that he had been paid the pension by the Pension Agent at Topeka, Kansas up to the 4th day of March 1886; after which date he had not been employed or paid in the Army, Navy, or Marine service of the United States; that she was married to the said Samuel Dyer on the 29th day of October, 1863, at residence of her father in Randolph County in the state of Illinois; that her name before said marriage was Sarah J. Mann; that she hereby makes application for the pension which had accrued on aforesaid certificate to the date of death; and that her residence is near the city of Mt. Vernon, County of Lawrence, State of Missouri, and her post office address is Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Signed Sarah J. Dyer

CERTIFICATE OF RECORD OF MARRIAGE dated Sept. 14, 1886. States that Samuel Dyer & Mary Jane Mann were married on the 17th day of November, AD 1863 by E.M. Been, Justice of the Peace. Signed by County Court Clerk of Randolph Co., IL, Louis Dudenbostel.

CERTIFICATE OF RECORD OF MARRIAGE dated Oct. 10, 1890. States that Samuel Dyer & Mary Jane Mann were married on the 17th day of November, AD 1863 by E.M. Been, Justice of the Peace. Signed by County Court Clerk of Randolph Co., IL, Louis Dudenbostel.

Above three documents are interesting because I found a book on Randolph County, IL records that states the October marriage date (in the affadavit by Sarah Jane) was the right one. Either one was probably a hasty affair - according to notes from Bob that John Elmer Dyer wrote down, his oldest brother William was born December 9, 1863, so Sarah was either almost 8 months pregnant or 8-1/2 months pregnant at the wedding depending on which date is correct!

1890 Special census of veterans - Sarah J., widow of Samuel Dyer. Living in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO. Samuel Dyer listed as serving as a private in Co. H, regiment 4, IL infantry. Enlisted June 11, 1861, discharged Dec. 15, 1862

Sept 12 1892 - there is a record of a Sarah Dyer marrying a Wilford H. Cannady on this date, but there is no mention of this marriage in Sarah's obit.
Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Name: Sarah J Doper (Dyer)
Marriage Date: 12 Sep 1892
Marriage Location: MT Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri
Marriage County: Lawrence
Spouse Name: Wilford H Cannady

Sarah and Wilford divorced by 1897

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Name: Wilford H Cannady
Age: 69
Birth Date: abt 1828
Marriage Date: 2 Sep 1897
Marriage Location: Monett, Barry, Missouri
Marriage County: Barry
Spouse Name: Harriett H Thomas
Spouse Age: 69
Spouse Birth Date: abt 1828

Sept. 6, 1898 - Sarah married Frank Wilson
Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Name: Sarah J Cannady
Marriage Date: 6 Sep 1898
Marriage Location: Lawrence, Missouri
Marriage County: Lawrence
Spouse Name: David F Wilson

1900 census East Half Mt. Vernon Township, Lawrence Co., MO
Francis Wilson, age 61, TN/TN/TN
Sarah J., wife, age 56, 8 births, 7 surviving, IL/KY/SC
Hugh, son, age 22, MO
Susan, sister, age 72, TN/TN/TN
Bert Dyer, stepson, age 21, MO
Pearl Dyer, stepdaughter, age 18, MO

1910 census Mt. Vernon Twp, Lawrence Co., MO
#163/172 West Street
David F. Wilson, age 75, second marriage, md 11 years, TN/TN/TN, own income
Sarah J., age 66, third marriage, md 11 yrs, 8 births, 6 surviving, IL/KY/SC

Lawrence County Record, Mt. Vernon:
May 26, 1911 - "Death of Mrs. Sarah Dyer-Wilson : Mrs. Sarah Dyer-Wilson died at her home in this city last Thursday evening, May 18, 1911, from the effects of cancer, from which she had been a sufferer for many years.
She was in her 68th year at the time of her death. The funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church in this city Friday afternoon by Rev. Leonard, assisted by Rev. Tuschhoff. The body was laid to rest in the Ozark Prairie Brick Church cemetery by the side of her former husband Samuel Dyer, who preceeded her in death some twenty-five years ago.
She had been a resident of Lawrence County Missouri fro a number of years, having immigrated to this place from the state of Illinois where when but eighteen years of age she was married to Samuel Dyer. She was the mother of eight children, two of whom have preceeded her in death and six that survive her viz.: William, Edward, Samuel, John, Bert & Eddie Dyer, the latter being the wife of George Peck, all of whom were with her in the end. Her husband Samuel Dyer, died in the year 1886 and in the year of 1898 she was married to Frank Wilson, who died in June of last year.

She was a consistent Christian and has been a faithful member of the church for over forty years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church until about 12 years ago when she united with the Baptist church of this city. She was good and kind to everyone and commanded the respect and good will of her friends and neighbors and will be greatly missed by her loved ones."

Death Certificate of Sarah Jane Wilson dated May 18, 1911 states that her parents names were S. A. Mann, born South Carolina, and Mary Battie, birthplace unknown. Sarah is listed as born Dec. 29, 1843 in Randolf Co., IL. Information on parents given by Etta (Dyer) Peck. Cause of death is listed as Alvorbar Sarcoma of Left-half of superior maxilla.

Tombstone says Sarah J. , buried by head tombstone that says Dyer. Buried with Samuel Dyer & daughter Pearl Dyer.