Friday, December 31, 2010

Who is Sarah Savattur?


In the 1870 US Census for Salt River Township, Ralls County, MO is the following family:
Adams, Franklin 32 M W Farmhand $100 KY cannot read & write  citizen
Margaret 27 F W keeping house IN
Susan       5 F W                          MO
Newton    3 M W                         MO
Clay         1 M W                         MO
Savattur, Sarah  66 W               NC  cannot write

Clay is my maternal grandfather Cash Clay ADAMS. The others are his family, but who is Sarah SAVATTUR? I have long suspected that she is Margaret’s mother and thus my great-great-grandmother. I have looked in vain in North Carolina for surnames anything like SAVATTUR. If she is Margaret’s mother, why is Margaret’s maiden name (or at least her surname at the time of her marriage) listed as MOOR or MOORE?

It turns out that Sarah is indeed my gg-grandmother but I still don’t know what her maiden name was. I don’t know how I missed them previously, but in the 1860 Census for Ralls County, MO was the following family as indexed by Ancestry.com:
Name: William Savatier
Age in 1860: 67
Birth Year: abt 1793
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Salt River, Ralls, Missouri
Gender: Male
Post Office: Lick Creek
Household Members: Name Age
William Savatier         67  PA
Sarah Savatier             53  NC
Margaret A Savatier  18  IN
The writing on this census page is so faint it is possible the record actually says “Margaret A Moore.” Margaret’s recorded age is also open to interpretation.

In the 1850 census William Savatier was living in Hendricks County, IN:
Name:
William Savatier
Age:
56
Estimated birth year:
abt 1794
Birth Place:
Maryland
Gender:
Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):
Liberty, Hendricks, Indiana
Family Number:
99
Household Members:
Note that his wife was not Sarah then and that his place of birth was listed as MD and not PA.

Sarah was also living in Liberty Township, Hendricks County, Indiana:
Name:
Sarah Moore
Age:
45
Estimated birth year:
abt 1805
Birth Place:
North Carolina
Gender:
Female
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):
Liberty, Hendricks, Indiana
Family Number:
124
Household Members:

Marriage records confirm that Sarah and William married in 1854 in Hendricks County before they relocated to MO. I have not determined whether Sarah was related to the White family.

Also living in the same township in unincorporated Belville during the 1850 Census was the Adams family which included 10 year old Benjamin who was to later marry Margaret Ann in MO.
Name:
Benjamin F Adams
Age:
10
Estimated birth year:
abt 1840
Birth Place:
Kentucky
Gender:
Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):
Belville, Hendricks, Indiana
Family Number:
169
Household Members:

Now I know who Sarah is. Well sort of. There is still much to learn.

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