Unbelievably,I am in Iowa this week only, doing genealogy research and spent the entire day at the Iowa Historical Society Library researching the Feagins and Leib families.
I found the probate records for Thomas Feagins on microfilm. It appears he died in debt, and Sarah ended up selling the farm to pay off the creditors. Sarah Ann Feagins is listed as his widow, and James, Margaret E., Marion and Margaret J. Feagins are listed as his minor heirs. No other heirs are mentioned. Interestingly, Thomas and Sarah's last name was spelled "Feagans", "Figgins", and "Feagins" throughout the documents, sometimes all of the above variations appearing in the same document.
I found the marriage record for Margaret E. Feagins and Samuel H. Lybe (in reality, the name is Leib). They were married at "Mrs. Feagin's" residence on April 8, 1875, in Marion County.
I also found the marriage record for James Feagins, age 31, and Louisa Kerr, age 24, married at Pleasantville, Marion Co., IA, February 1, 1883.
I searched the birth and death records for Marion County for the date of death and place of burial of Sarah Ann Feagins, but had no luck. The records start around 1880 and are sketchy. I also searched the cemetery records and found no record of her.
Tomorrow I will search the 1885 Iowa State census for Sarah to at least try and narrow down the date of death.
I, too, wondered if Arthur Feagins could have been the son of Martha J. Feagins. I looked for a marriage record for her in Marion County, but did not find one.
I did obtain the death certificate for Arthur Feagins, born December 3, 1878, in Pleasantville, Marion County, IA. It lists his father as "Elick Feagins" and his mother as "unknown". I can find no record whatsoever of an Elick Feagins.
Lastly, there is a reference to an obituary for Marion Feagins in the index to the Knoxville (Marion County, IA) Journal for the year 1908. I was not able to locate it, but it's another lead.
I'll let you know what I find. Thanks for the additional info!
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