Re: FORESTER + WILDER + OWENS mystery solved
Elizabeth Forester, the third wife of Wiley Wylder of Greene Co., IL, was a daughter of Robert Forester (b. ca. 1778 in Virginia) enumerated in the 1850 DeKalb Co., TN, census where Elizabeth md. Wiley Wylder, October 16, 1850.
Her sister Rachel, 5 years younger, would likely be the wife of J. W. C. Owens enumerated in the 1860 Bexar Co., TX, census, family 1770/1716, page 447B, and the 8th family after her sister's step-daughter, Mary M. (Wilder) Rutherford and husband Clinton, family 1760/1708, page 447A.
Unfortunately, a marriage record has not been located for Rachel Forester and J. W. C. Owens, nor have his given names been discovered.
These findings work together to explain this sentence in a 1917 family letter:"I am very sure that your mother's stepmother and Mrs. OWENS were daughters of grandfather FORESTER and that they were both old maids when they were married."
Based on the sisters ages in the 1850 DeKalb Co., TN, census, Elizabeth was age 35 when she married Wiley Wylder, and Rachel was also in her mid-30s when she married Mr. Owens, both certainly considered "old maids" in the 1850s.
The letter's writer, Emily Jane (Shields) Girvin, was age 6 when she was enumerated with her parents as family 1762/1709 on page 447A of the 1860 Bexar Co., TX, census.