Charlotte, I noticed your query regarding the McQueen family; my friend was a descendant of the McQueen family of Bartholomew County. I looked around to see if I could find anything to help you and found the following: Since Sarah married William Cookson in Shelby County, IN, I started there. Couples usually married in the county of the bride. 1840 Jackson Twp., Shelby County, INpage 539 McQueen, Joseph 1 male under 5 1 male 5-10 1 male 15-20 1 male 40-50 1 female under 5 1 female 10-15 1 female 15-20 1 female 30-40
As Sarah married in 1849, the girl under 5 might be a bit young to be Sarah, but the girl who is 10-15 doesn't seem to match the age of your Sarah: 1860Brown County, INSarah was 27 or 29 [1831-1833] 1870Bartholomew Co. INSarah was 39 1880Lawrence County, ARSarah was 46 I couldn't find the Cooksons in 1850 or in 1900. It is possible that the wrong category was checked. I've seen this before and/or people omitted entirely.
Both the LDS and Ancestry World Tree sites have information about this Joseph, who married Matilda Hager on 4 March 1822 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. According to those sites, Joseph died 15 November 1841 and Matilda died 9 August 1845. The 1850 census of Shelby County seems to have what's left of their family:
1850 Washington Twp., Shelby County, Indianapage 258 #613#625 McQueen, Thomas19farmerb. IN Florilda 34OH Joshua15IN Wm.13IN Geo. M.11IN Thomas8IN Elizabeth 6IN Elizabeth 19OH
Ok, this is a mess. I believe that the last named Elizabeth is the wife of Thomas, 19. Found a marriage for Thomas McQueen to Elizabeth P. Matoon 28 August 1849 in Bartholomew County. This works with the fact that there are no children for them as of yet. I think that Florilda is Florilla McQueen, the daughter of Joshua and Betsy Brown McQueen. They had a Florilla who was born in 1816 and died in 1862. No marriage is shown in Ancestry, but I found one for her marrying Timothy J. Hodge, 8-2-1835 in Bartholomew County. She may have come to see to the orphans of Joseph and Matilda McQueen and some of these children are hers and actually surnamed Hodge. This is not uncommon on the census either! Everyone in the household was sometimes lumped together under the same surname. You'll notice that the youngest child [Elizabeth, 6] was born ca 1843-1844. Joseph McQueen had been dead for 2-3 years at that time, so Elizabeth, nor Thomas, 8, belong to them.George, 11, and William 13, don't seem to match up with the 1840 of Joseph's family. They had 1 son under 5. LDS shows Joshua N. McQueen, b. ca 1833 as a son. The Joshua shown above is b. ca 1835 and probably theirs, as Florilla hadn't been married long enough to have him.These two may be Florilla's children, too. If these are Florilla's children, she appears to have been widowed ca 1842-1844, as there are no younger children than Elizabeth. You might be able to locate Florilla on the 1860 [she died in 1862] and it would be more clear; I didn't look for her.
On the LDS website, the same person who listed Joshua N. as a son of Joseph and Matilda, has shown a daughter named Sarah for them, born 1 May 1826 [should be 1836 maybe?] and died 10 November 1901. She seems to match what you know about your Sarah. Have you tried to get a death record from Arkansas for her? You might try that, but I would first get the probate file for Joseph McQueen:
Shelby County, Indiana probates 1842Joseph McQueen dec'd. file #00040executors: Uriah and Joshua McQueen[two more sons of Thomas McQueen Jr. and Sarah Wilson Vaughn; they would have been brothers to Joseph] This file could very well list the heirs, especially the minor children. Hope this will help your search. Let me know if I can help you any further... Regards, Barb