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Mary J. Sartain

Female 1834 - 1887  (53 years)


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  • Name Mary J. Sartain 
    Born 27 Jun 1834  Decatur, Morgan Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This birth date came down from Aunt Lida, I believe. I suspect that it is wrong by a couple of years.
    Gender Female 
    Census 12 Sep 1860  Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 6 Jul 1870  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 11 Jun 1880  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 29 Oct 1887  Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 30 Oct 1887  Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Mrs. Higgs of Texarkana was buried here last Sunday. She was a resident of Washington for many years and leaves a host of friends who deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.

      Messrs. Will and Ira Higgs attended their mother's burial here last Sunday.
    Person ID I5460  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2020 

    Family Thomas Morton Higgs,   b. 11 Jul 1837, Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1875, Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1857  Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Thomas M. Higgs and Mary J. Sartain were married at the home of William H. Oglesby in Athens, AL by Jn. Turrentine, J.P. on Christmas Day, 1857.
    Children 
     1. John William Higgs,   b. 7 Apr 1859, Magnolia, Columbia Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1918, Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. Ira Thomas Higgs,   b. 9 Oct 1865, Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1914, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jun 1834 - Decatur, Morgan Co., Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1857 - Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 12 Sep 1860 - Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 6 Jul 1870 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 11 Jun 1880 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Oct 1887 - Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 30 Oct 1887 - Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Some of the other Sartain families around Limestone county came out of Jefferson and Knox counties in Tennessee. Alfred Sartain came out of South Carolina to Alabama (Where was he in 1860, 1870, 1880?). Likewise, there were Higgs families in east Tennessee. Investigate these movements, too.

      Did Mary apply for a widow's pension after Thomas died?

      Consider strongly that Mary J. was part of Alfred M. Sartain's family listed in the 1850 Census. A number of trees on Ancestry all show that the Mary J. Sartain in Alfred's family died in 1874 in Tuscaloosa, AL after marrying a man named Shelton. While no proofs have been shown for this, I would suspect that this might *not* be the correct family for Mary Sartain.

      There was a Sartain family was involved with a publishing firm near Philadelphia before the Civil War. They published a magazine called_Sartain's Magazine_, but were best known for fine engravings. Old Miss has an engraving of Jefferson Davis made by Sartain Publ. Co.. I have found no evidence yet to connect the Philadelphia Sartains to this line.Probably, the Sartain magazine was called Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature and Art. This magazine was published from October 1847 until August 1852 in New York and Philadelphia. It is available on Microform in Pattee Library.

      We were unable to find the graves of Mary Sartain or her husband in Washington, AR. Many of the stones in the old cemetery there have been destroyed. At one point, Nannie went there with Mom and Jennie to try to find the graves. She seemed to think that the place that she recalled the graves being was in the back corner of the cemetery and could now be in the road. According to people at the Old Washington Park, many of the stones and graves have been destroyed.

      Is it possible that Mary remarried after the death of T.M. Higgs?

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      Some sources date birth in 1837


      -- MERGED NOTE ------------

      I believe this to be the Mary who married T.M. Higgs, but until I prove that, I will keep these trees separate.

      Page Nichols tells that she recalls her ancestors telling her that Susannah Sartain (her great-grandmother) was Mary's sister and that Suannah lived with Mary & Thomas Higgs for a while.

      There is another Mary Jane Sartain who married Benjamin Franklin Sexton in 1856 in Tuscaloosa. However, the marriage record clearly states that she is the child of Jacob Sartain, not Alfred.

      That means that in addition to Jacob, father of Alfred, there is another Jacob, who is likely brother of Alfred, floating around.

  • Sources 
    1. [S551] 1860 US Federal Census, Tishomingo Co., MS, Iuka; page 380; dwelling 2541, family 2541; Thomas Higgs.

    2. [S717] 1870 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co, AR, Ozan Township; page 91; dwelling 672, family 672; T. M. Higgs.

    3. [S711] 1880 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co., AR, Ozan Township; ED 112; page 47; dwelling 274, family 297; Higgs, William.

    4. [S1459] Newspapers.com Daily Arkansas Gazette, State News - Washington - Hempstead County - Nov 4, 1887; 6 November 1887; 9 March 2019.

    5. [S159] Thomas M. Higgs Mary J. Sartain Marriage Return 25.

    6. [S701] New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964, 11 August 2012; Thomas M. Higgs to Mary Sartain, 25 Dec 1857.


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