This was not oan easy one for me to solve.But here is what I eventually found.The first Onstott in Texas was William Onstott b. 1777 in NC and arrived in Texas via Tenn before 1836.His son was William S. Onstott and his grandson was William Searcy. (I believe the S. also stood for Searcy in the son, but he was always just known as William S.)William S. Onstott married 2 March 1853 in Fannin County, Texas Martha Ann Sadler b. abt 1834 in Red River County, Texas.The records at the Fannin County Court House had William S. marrying Margaret Gailey 2 March 1853 and this threw me for a time.
The Criminal Records of Fannin County had William S. and his wife Martha 'assaulting with intent to kill' William S.'s father William.Both were arrested. I've read the transcripts, what little there were, and by the time the case came to trial the charge against Martha was dropped due to her death which must have occured before Nov 1857.
And the Probate records for Felix G. Sadler names two heirs William S. and his wife Martha Onstott.So why do the marriage records have him marrying on the same day in March another woman?
I finally found my answer whilereading a microfilm of a "Roads Journal" at the local Morman History Center.On the same microfilm, at the very, very end was the early original marriage record for Fannin County.And it became obvious that the person who copied the information into the large ledger, which they have at the Court House, had skipped a line.William S. Onstott on line 4 was matched with the female on line 5 Margaret Gailey leaving out Martha Ann Sadler who, in the original was on line 4, and Willis C. O________who was originally on line 5 and real spouse of Margaret Gailey. I made a copy and took it to the Court House showing what had happened; and can only hope that they made a notation on the record as I suggested.
On 6 January 1859 William S. married Mary McDonald.There were no children born to William S. and Martha Ann Sadler, but William S. and Mary had two sons James Madison Onstott and William Searcy Onstott.
Though I am not related to this particular Onstott family, I am the Historian for the Onstott Family Association.