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Posted by: Arthur E. Feagins (ID *****8991) Date: August 29, 2002 at 08:31:15
In Reply to: FEAGINS by Eileen Lennon of 439

Eileen, I am so glad you asked for info about Margaret!!! The responses you received from Judith Mathre (Warren Co.) and from Karen Ballard (Marion Co.) were of great help in filling in my family’s puzzle and I wish to add my heartfelt thanks to them for helping both you and me!!!

Karen Ballard, you indicate that the 1850 census was for Warren Co., Deswick. Was this a village of that time that no longer exists? I can find no reference to it on my maps or in RootsWeb city/county lookup.

Judith Mathre, I have always read about the “happy dance” and finally realized what it was when I read your reply and found Margaret and Thomas’ death details along with Robert of who I had absolutely no knowledge. I do thank you.

I am Arthur E. Feagins Jr. My father, Arthur Edward Feagins, was the son of Arthur Feagins who was born in Iowa in 1878 and was apparently the grandson of Thomas and Sarah A. Feagins even though my dad said grandpa claimed to be an orphan. Your inquiries helped me to establish a time line and to give a brief family tree for Margaret and her siblings. You will also see that I have made some assumptions regarding Arthur’s lineage. Arthur, James, and Fred Feagins all migrated to Box Butte Co., Nebraska. If you wish further information on them I will be glad to furnish what I have.

Note: All of the census records referenced below have “Feagins” spelled as “Figgins”. Due to the quality of the reproduction and the enumerator’s penmanship, it is very difficult to tell whether Arthur’s last name is listed as “Figgins” or whether it is “Feagins”. I tend to think it was probably intended to be “Figgins”.

1846       On March 27 a Thomas Feagins arrived at Ackworth, Lincoln Township, IA along with four other settlers from Clinton, OH. The first death in the community was a child of Thomas Feagins and it was probably buried in the Goshen Cemetery near the Quaker’s Goshen Meeting House.
1850       On the census; Thomas 29, Sarah 31. Both are shown as from Ohio, shown as able to read and write, had been married for over one year, were not deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, or convicts. Thomas was a farmer and they owned real estate worth $800. The 1850 census shows only Enumeration District 18 for the entire county of Warren, i.e., no townships established, so I have no idea of where the farm was.
1851       Per James’ obit, he was born July 3 at Hartford, IA.
1860       On the census, Thomas 39, Sarah 40, James 8, Margaret E. 5, and Marion 3. All three children are shown as being born in Iowa. Their real estate was now worth $4,000 and their personal estate was worth $1,300. James and Margaret had attended school during the year previous to the census. All are shown in good health and able to read and write. They are in the Richland township of Warren county and receive their mail through the Hartford post office.
1862       Robert Alexander Feagins is born November 27 to Thomas and Sara.
1866       Robert Alexander died on December 11. He is buried in the Hartford Cemetery.
1870       On the census, Thomas 48, Sarah 50, James 18, Margaret 15, Marion 12, and Martha 9 (with Iowa as birthplace). Their real estate has dropped to $1,000 but their personal estate has risen to $4,000. (Is it possible that Thomas was ailing, knew he didn’t have much time, and liquidated the real estate for Sarah?) All of the kids attended school in the year previous to the census—even James although he is 18! Sarah now states that she can not write and it is also shown that Marion (who was 12 years old) can not write. They are still in the Richland township of Warren county. There is no mention of post office so don’t know if it is the same location as in 1860 or not.
1871       Thomas died on November 3 (approximately 50 years old) and is buried in the Hartford Cemetery.
1875       Margaret E. Feagins married Samuel H. Lybe on April 8 in Marion County, IA.
1878       Arthur Feagins is born December 3.
1879       Martha J. Feagins died on March 18 (a little over 18 years old) and is buried in the Hartford Cemetery. Note that this is just a little over 3 months after Arthur was born and that he listed a Martha Plumb as his mother when he applied for his wedding license. I need to determine the cause of death for Martha J. (could it have been due to child birth complications?) and also try to find a birth record for Arthur to see if I can establish who his parents were. He also listed Thomas Feagins as his father—but it can’t be the Thomas that was married to Sarah because he has been dead for some time. The application was not in Arthur’s handwriting so did the clerk accidentally reverse the names on the application, i.e., his mother would then be Martha Feagins and his father would be Thomas Plumb? Per my father, Arthur always claimed to be an orphan and he took the name of the man who was kind to him as a child (that man would have had to have been James—the only male Feagins left at that point in time). This seems to be a plausible explanation because of the unusual situation where his last name would be the same as his mother rather than his father.
1880       The family has now moved to the adjacent Pleasant Grove township which is in Marion county and the census shows Sarah A. 60, James 28, and Arthur 1yr (listed as Grandson of Sarah). Sarah is now listed as widowed. She also listed Ohio as her birthplace, her father’s as Pennsylvania, and her mother’s as Kentucky. James lists his occupation as trader in livestock. An 18 year old female school teacher is listed as a boarder in Sarah’s house. It is difficult to read her name but think it is “Minnie Smith”. Arthur’s birthplace is listed as Iowa and his mother’s as Iowa. His father’s is listed simply as “O” as if the enumerator started to enter something and stopped.
1883       James Feagins married Louisa Kerr on February 1 in Marion County, IA.
1883       Chas Feagins born September 20 in Marion Co., IA.
1884       Edith Mickel born December 25 in Allen township, unknown county, IA (becomes Chas’s wife).
1896       Fred Feagins, James’ second son, was born June 4.
1906       Chas Feagins married Edith Mickel in Caldwell, ID on August 22.
1932       James died June 23 at his home on 514 Cheyenne Ave. in Alliance, Box Butte, NE.
1958       Chas Feagins died June 26 of a heart attack.
1980       Fred died in April. His last listed address is 52537 Bloomfield, Davis, IA.

Additional Notes:
       Sarah A.’s maiden name was Stitt.
       Chas Feagins was secretary and chief inspector for the Nebraska Brand Committee as well as being active in several other livestock and social organizations in Nebraska, IA, and ID.
       I am making some assumptions regarding Fred Feagins–I found the information shown in the SSDI and since it showed him making his Social Security application prior to 1951 in Nebraska and the dates are consistent, I am quite certain it is the right Fred Feagins. He was the assistant postmaster at Alliance, Box Butte, NE for many years.

I found considerable information available on RootsWeb for Nebraska. In addition I did follow-up inquiry and it lead me to the Knight Historical Museum in Alliance, NE (my home town!). They were very helpful with obituaries, funeral home records, etc. about the Feagins family.

I am confident that my Thomas Feagins (Feggins) is the one described in the references to the Ackworth Cemetery. Using the names listed in the item about Ackworth and the 1840 census I located George D(illon?) Haworth in Union tcp, Clinton Co.; David Lair in Richland tcp, Clinton Co., and Alexander Ginder in Concord tcp, Fayette Co. Not knowing the parents’ names but using Thomas and Sarah’s ages as my clue, I found two possibilities--a Richard Fegins in Union tcp, Fayette Co. and a Luke Stitt in Paint tcp, Fayette Co. In addition, I checked all other Feagins’s and Stitt’s and their variants for Ohio in 1840 and ruled them out as there was no one of the right age group listed. It is interesting to note that all five townships are contiguous and additionally that the Sarah and Thomas’s townships are adjacent!

So as you can see, I feel that I am a direct descendant of Thomas and Sarah Feagins. But as you all know we genealogists are never satisfied and want more information! Judith and Karen if you can point me to any additional info I sure would appreciate it. I am specifically looking for:

1. Martha’s cause of death.
2. Thomas’s parents and cause of death.
3. Birth record for Arthur.
4. Date, place of death, and parents names for Sarah A Stitt.

The following would be helpful but is not as critical as the above.
5. Any school or other records for Arthur between 1880 and 1900, especially those listing his father and mother’s names.
6. Is the Thomas F. Plumb, born 1854, died 11 Nov 1918, buried at Silver City Cem., Silver City, IA part of the puzzle?
7. What happened to Marion Feagins?

I have never used a forum before so if I have been guilty of any breach of etiquette, please excuse me and then let me know about it so I don’t repeat the error!

Thank you,
Art Feagins

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