According to the IL Secretary of State's online marriage index, Thomas B. Smith married Sarah Hatfield on July 26, 1870 in Scott County, IL. That's a long ride from Logan County. The 1870 census for Scott County shows a Sarah Hatfield, age 19, born Virginia, living with B.R. Hatfield, a blacksmith born about 1824 in Ohio, Margaret born about 1827 in Virginia, Christina born about 1853 VA, Elizabeth born about 1855 IL, Bellreta born about 1857 IL, and John born about 1865 IL. This family is also in Scott County in 1860.
This family also seems to vanish after 1870, except for daughter Elizabeth who married James Shore in 1874 and can be found with him and their two children in 1880 census. Were both of these families abducted by aliens? Headed west? Quite the mystery!
Ellen Fanning Coulter
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