Base upon my research, I submitt the following informaton:
age 14;census home 140, family 142, Adair Co. Missouri. ED 146 sheet 17
Name given as Hannah Hunsaker
From a old ledger maintained by Leonas Hickox (Hannah's son-in-law), Hannah's birth is listed as Aug 17 1864. Her death date was July 8, 1896.(Ledger date is Sept 2,1915.)This information was taken from Hannah's gravestonelocated in the Odd Fellows Cemetary in Mt Vernon, Washington.
From Sandy Bushaw, Washington State, Hannah's record of death (July 8, 1895)from Skagit County Courthouse in Mt Vernon, Washingtonis dated (July 26,1895) and signed by N.M. Thompson M.D.Hannah died at age29 ( age of last birthday) of Typhoid Fever.She would have been 30 years of age in one month (August).The death record also identifies A. Hunsaker and Illinois Luster as Hannah's parents.
Using theage at time of death,Hannah would have been born in 1865.Also,a copy the of birth record for Mae Ruth Hensley (daughter of Hannah and William) born May 11, 1893, lists Hannah's age as 28 years (age of last birthday).This information, too,also supports that Hannah was born in 1865.Hannah'sgravestone thatshowsthe birth year as 1864 and the death year as 1896 is obviously in error.
In a letter from Carl Gates dated Aug 11, 1979 to Marie Bushaw, Carl indicated that the Hannah Hunsaker Hensley,who died at Mt Vernon, Washington, wasthe daughter of Absalom Hunsaker and Illinois Luster.This information was identified separately from that of Hannah's death record although Carl does not identify the source.Carl and his brother, Leo, were researching the Gates Family from Adair co., Mo.whose daughters married into both the Hensley and Hunsaker families.This Hensley family became a "lost line" when they moved West.
Branches of theGates, Hensley, and Hunsaker families (including William and Hannah Hensley after 1884) ) immigrated to Mt Vernon areain Washington Territory from Missouri about the same time (late 1880's) and settled there.These families lost contact with their relatives in Missouri and their move to Mt Vernon, Washington became a vague memory.Following that memory, Carl Gates contacted Wallace Allen and Marie Bushaw, then living in Mt Vernon, Washington, and began to reconnect the families.
Carl also noted the descrepancy between the family Bible record and the date on Hannah's tombstone.He considered the Bible record (Aug. 7, 1865)the moreaccurate birthdate.Carl obtained a handwritten copy of the Absalom and Illinois family Bible record for Hannah and her siblings.The Bible came into the possession of Deelosa Hunsaker (b. June 1, 1877),son of Absalom Hunsaker and his second wife, Sarah Jane Gates.Hannah Hunsaker's husband's (William Hensley) mother (Mary Elizabeth Gates) was Sarah Jane Gates' aunt.Sarah Jane Gates was Carl Gates' aunt whom he knew personally.
Adair co.,Missouri marriages for the 1800'slists two Hannah Hunsakers:Hannah Hunsaker who married William E Hensley on November 30, 1881 and Hannah E. Hunsaker who married Henry C Stephens on Feb. 26, 1880.
Additional information about Hannah and herancestors came from Charles F. Ogren. He provideda copy of Doris Hunsaker Wilson's Hunsaker family history by regular mail.
Doris Hunsaker Wilson of Benton, AK. 72015 lists two Hannah Hunsakers:one as the daughter of Bradford and Dicey (Stice) Hunsaker and was born about 1858.No husband listed.The other (Hannah Florence)was listed as the daughter of Absalom and Illinois (Luster) Hunsaker.Her husband is listed as Henry Clay Stivers.Stephens and Stivers may be the same person.At this point it is unclear how Deloras determined that Hannah Florence Hunsaker was the daughter of Absalom and Illinois.
Received 10-31 2003
From Terry Hunsaker, Missouri, who is decended from Charles, the youngest son of Absalom and Illinois.Terry is well aquainted with Doris Wilson and her genealogy work.
First of all, Hannah that married Stevens was your Hannah's aunt, Bradford's daughter.There was only 7 years difference in their ages so they married near the same time.Tricky little maneuver.
Absalom had 8 children by Illinois Luster, my great grandfather being the youngest and Illinois died in childbirth.He married Sarah Jane Gates in about a year and she had a son almost the same age as my g-grandfather.They grew up and were very close.His name was Jimmy Williams.Sarah's first husband was a Williams.Jimmy was always considered family.
Absalom and Sarah had 8 children which of course were half-brothers and sisters to Hannah.Several of these lived in the Kirksville area all of their lives.Lillard went west to become a cowboy (gun-slinger, really) and died young.His widow married Leo (Lee as the family called him).They lived on the Absalom farm west of Kirksville all their lives.In fact, they shared a home with Sarah Jane until she remarried.Leo's granddaughter lives here in town.Her name is Evonne Vande.She has lots of pictures and several years ago gave me the land-grant papers for the Bradford land SE of Kirksville.Dee committed suicide but was a really nice man.His son, Harley, ran a store in Kirksville called, "Hunsaker Hardware" on the north side of the square.He ran it for probably 40 years.Everyone identified the Hunsaker name with the store.His daughters both live in the area.His son-in-law is the superintendent of schools for Kirksville.Claude was a doughboy in WWI but never saw action.He was home on furlough and he and a friend went to Moberly to gamble.The next morning they found Claude dead on the street below the upper-story window in the Hotel.It was ruled murder.Someone pushed him through the open window to make it look like suicide.I have a number of newspaper articles on it and will try to scan them when I scan some pictures.
My grandfather Charles took his young bride and young son, along with his father-in-law Solomon Munn, to Oklahoma before it became a state.Things were pretty stark there and they returned to Kirksville.
Of course you know about Absalom and Frances Miser.I presume you know that he was sued for the offense and had to pay a fine.It is in the county records.
Commodore was called Doak by his family and friends.
Another generation back:
Bradford moved to Bethel, Missouri and is the first recorded marriage for Shelby County.The Shelby County History records the events including the dress, gifts and I think guests.He married the miller's daughter, Leodicy Stice.Many have tried to connect this branch of the family with the Bethel religious commune which happened in the 1860's.Another Bradford Hunsaker lived there at the time and I'm uncertain whether he was a part of the commune.He was the Recorder of Deeds.I doubt that he was.It is an interesting history however.
Bradford's father and grandfather migrated from Pennsylvania through Kentucky and then to Jonesboro, Illinois.Bradford's father had a very large family and some of them migrated on the Oregon trail.One descendant, Abraham Hunsaker, is in one of the more famous pictures of the 'driving the golden stake' in Utah.He looks just like the Hunsaker's here.