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Posted by: Dan Dunham (ID *****4469) Date: June 26, 2002 at 13:58:34
In Reply to: LAURA HUMBLE m. DANIEL MCCURDY in IL 1867 by Marilyn Widdifield of 539


I too am looking for information on this Laura Humble who married Daniel McCurdy in Brown County, Illinois. While I do not yet have proof that she is the Laura Humble I am researching, I thought I would share what info (and speculation) I do have in the hope that it may be of help to you.

Laura Humble appears to be the daughter of John Humble and Sarah M. Waring, married September 7, 1848 in Adams County, Illinois, Although the marriage record gives Sarah's last name as Warren. Please note that the name Waring is very often mis-spelled in source documentation (examples follow).

Both Sarah M. Humble, Age 22 and Laura V. Humble, age 10/12 months can be found in the 1850 Census for Adams County, Illinois, North East Township, Page 181A, enumerated November 16, 1850. They are living in the in the household of Basil and Sarah Waring (named spelled Warring in 1850 Census). Basil is shown to be 57, his wife Sarah, 50. Also living in the same household are John J. Graham and his three sons, David, age 12, Basil A., 9 and John, 6. Sarah is identified as a Domestic, born in Kentucky, Laura is shown as having been born in Illinois. John J. Graham, actually, James J. Graham, was the widowed husband of Mary Ann Waring, daughter of Basil Augustus and Sarah L. Thompson Waring, and his three sons their grandsons. James J. Graham married Mary Ann Waring (Warning in the marriage records) November 23, 1837 in Adams County.

In the 1860 Census for Adams County, North East Township, the Basil Augustus Waring household (this time listed as Warren) is foun on page 927, line 25, household 2573, family 2771, enumerated August 20, 1860. In the 1860 Census, the household contains, Basil, age 67 his wife Sarah, age 61, grandsons Basil Graham, age 19 and John Graham, age 16 and Laura Humble, age 9. The names, ages and state of birth shown in the 1860 Census shows this to be the Waring family not Warren.

It is this 1860 Census listing with the incorrect identification of the family name as Warren that causes me to now believe that Sarah M. "Warren" that married John Humble was in fact Sarah M. Waring, daughter of Basil Augustus and Sarah. She was born in Kentucky (per 1850 Census), as were the other four children of Basil Augustus and Sarah. Her approximate year of birth, about 1828, again based on her age in the 1850 Census, falls in line with the other known children, born 1818, June 1819, January 27, 1822, and August 30, 1825 - she would be the youngest of five. (Sarah L. Thompson Waring was born October 22, 1799, so she would have been 28 or 29 at the time Sarah M. was born.) Plus the fact that she is found in the Waring household in 1850 with Laura and the Laura is still there ten years later.

Sarah M. Waring Humbel second married James H. Carden, May 22, 1851, in Adams County. By the 1860 Census the Carden family, with Sarah M., was living in Birmingham Township, Schuyler County. Sarah M. is shown to be age 32 and born in Kentucky. Again in 1870 Census, the Carden's are still in Birmingham Township, and Sarah M., is now 41 and again shown as born in Kentucky.

As a side note, I have several family letters written in the late 1880s that mention members of the Carden family. One such letter is from John Carroll Bagby (son of William Bagby and Eliza Waring (daughter of Basil Augustus and Sarah Waring). Written February 9th 1886, the letter from John Carroll, who was a druggist, writes "...I must tell you about Jennie Carden getting poisoned on Prix Vomica prescribed by her Dr. and put in a glass of water and Lida (niece of John Carroll from sister Margaret Bagby Wade, with whom he was visiting when he wrote the letter) gave it to her to drink after taking other medicine. I had to work hard to save her life, but I knew just what is was as soon as I tasted it."

Until my recent research discovered a possible Carden connection, I was not sure who or why the Carden name was mentioned in so many letters.

If you uncover any facts regarding Laura Humble or Daniel McCurdy, I would be most interested.

Best regards,

Dan Dunham

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