The story begins with GGGrandpa Aaron Deavers (born 1839) who marries Elizabeth Jane Lucas in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. They have two children, Daniel and Ellen.One day Aaron rode off on his horse and left Becky (this is what he called Elizabeth) to care for the two children.Thinking that Aaron would never return she married a man named Calvin Beckner and they had two children: Tom and Hattie.As the story is told, one day Becky was in her horse drawn buggy with her four children and Aaron rode up to her on his horse.He looked the situation over.. and said... "Becky, our two children are much better looking than those last two."He rode off never to be seen again.
Becky died not long after that and Daniel and Hattie went to live with her Mom's sister and her husband -- Mary and Amos Copeland.Daniel was separated from his sister Ellen and did not see her again until they were both in their 80's. Daniel had 12 children.
Daniel was born in 1858, did Aaron go off to the civil war?Did Aaron have family in Mt. Pulaski? This story has been told for the last four generations.We know very little about the Deavers family.