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The McFarlands from Scotland to PA to Ohio to IN to Kansas

Updated November 14, 2000

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William H. McFarland was the son of a father born in Pennsylvania and a mother born in Pennsylvania. He married Nancy Bohn at an unknown time and place, but by 1834, the first of their 10 children was born in Ohio. On the Sandusky Co. Ohio 1850 Census dated Sept. 14, William was 50, and Nancy was 38. Their children at the time were Mary,age 16, Elizabeth,14, Barbara A.,12, John H.,10,William B.,8,Sarah C.,6, Nancy, 4, Charles,2. By the 1860 Starke Co.,IN,census,the oldest three are not listed nor is William B. but Susanna and George have been added with birthplaces listed as IN. All the other children were born in Ohio. William B. died Dec. 1852,in Indiana, and is buried at Hepner Cemetery, Starke Co.,IN. John Henry died May of 1871, and he is buried at the Round Lake Cemetery, Starke Co.,IN. Charles died Dec. of 1887, and he is buried at the Lyle Methodist Cemetery, Decatur Co.,KS. His name is on the stone with his father who died Sept. 1883, the resting place of Nancy is unknown. Sarah Catherine married James A. Bell in Starke Co. IN, and appear as a married couple on the 1870 Starke Co.,IN, census living near her parents, who have only George and Charles living with them at that time. By 1880, William H. appears living in James and Sarah C.(McFarland)Bell as a retired farmer in Decatur Co.,KS, Nancy is not mentioned so she is probably died by that time. George & Charles are listed on the 1870 York County, Nebraska Census,living with George's family. George next appears with his family on the 1885 Decatur Co.,KS,agricultural census, and he sold land in Decatur Co. in 1889 and probably moved out of the state. Sarah Bell purchased her father's homestead from the other heirs for $2000, and she left Kansas with her husband by 1902 or 1903. They settled in Boulder, Boulder Co., Colorado, where James died Feb.9,1917 and Sarah died May 13, 1927. Both are buried at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder County, Colorado. James & Sarah appear on the 1910 Boulder Co.,Co., census living near her sister Nancy who is married to Amos Heath. Nancy married Amos Z. T. Heath in Starke County, and appear on one census living with her sister Elizabeth and her brother-in-law George Graham in Nebraska before 1910. They disappear after the Colorado census. Barbara married first Cornelius Short and then William Franklin Childers both in Indiana. In Nebraska, she married her sister Elizabeth's widower, George W. Graham. She died in 1888, and is buried at Glen Rock Cemetery in Nehama Co.,Nebraska near her sister and George Graham. Mary McFarland married Hollingsworth Vernon at an unknown place and time, but they lived their entire lives in Cass County, IN, where they are both buried at Crooked Creek Christian Cemetery in Jefferson Twp. She was the 2nd. of his four wives, and they had seven children.

 
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