The more I look, the more convoluted this gets.I'm hoping someone out there can help me sort this out.
Ira B. Day married Lorana Mitchell in Scott Co., IN in 1838.They are in the 1850 census in Jennings, Scott Co., IN with children Perine (b. 1842), Albert (b.@1845) and Luke (b.@1850).Per the diary of Sarah Bovard, Lorana was sick in January 1859.She died 20 Feb 1859, per her headstone in Wiggam Cemetery, Jefferson Co., IN.Perine is also buried there, having died in 1857.I've read some posts online that they also had a son Walter b. 1854, who lived to adulthood. So then Ira and the boys (Albert and Luke) are found in 1860 Saint Charles, Floyd Co., Iowa, with new wife Mary (b.@1829 KY) and two new children: Thadeus C. & Arthusy Pierson, both born in Indiana.
1860 United States Federal Census about Ira B Day Name: Ira B Day Age in 1860: 40 Birth Year: abt 1820 Birthplace: Ohio Home in 1860: Charles, Floyd, Iowa Gender: Male Post Office: St Charles Value of real estate: View image Household Members: Name Age Ira B Day 40 Mary Day 31 Arthusy Purson 13 Thadeus C Purson 17 Albert Day 14 Luke Day 10
One would then assume (I know, I know) that Mary was previously married to a Pierson and had the two children.However, I have had NO luck finding them in 1850, so I went to the IN marriage records and found where an Ira B. Day married a Mary Ann Wence in either: 1857 or 1859, depending on which entry you look at, in Vigo Co., IN.If we go with the 1859 year, it works.
Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 about Mary Ann Wence Name: Mary Ann Wence Spouse Name: Ira B Day Marriage Date: 13 Jun 1859 Marriage County: Vigo Source Title 1: Vigo County, Indiana Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1840 - 1920 Inclusive Vol Source Title 3: W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerks Of Book: 2 OS Page: 197
So then I went looking for a Mary Wence (soundex) in 1850, and found "Mary Wener" in Jackson, Sullivan Co., IN... 1850 United States Federal Census about Mary Wener Name: Mary Wener Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1826 Birth Place: Kentucky Gender: Female Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Jackson, Sullivan, Indiana Family Number: 860 Household Members: Name Age William Wener 20 Mary Wener 24 Theodore Wener 7 Arthusey Wener 3 Jacob Shanks 60
so now I'm not sure what I'm looking at, and why the children are Pierson in 1860 and Wener in 1850, and while I may not have the right family, it sure does fit well.Can anyone help me out with this?I'm in over my head.