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Ira B. Day and his second marriage to Mary
Posted by: Jen (ID *****7453) Date: March 01, 2011 at 09:31:38
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The more I look, the more convoluted this gets. I'm hoping someone out there can help me sort this out.

Ira B. Day married Lorana Mitchell in Scott Co., IN in 1838. They are in the 1850 census in Jennings, Scott Co., IN with children Perine (b. 1842), Albert (b.@1845) and Luke (b.@1850). Per the diary of Sarah Bovard, Lorana was sick in January 1859. She died 20 Feb 1859, per her headstone in Wiggam Cemetery, Jefferson Co., IN. Perine is also buried there, having died in 1857. I've read some posts online that they also had a son Walter b. 1854, who lived to adulthood.
So then Ira and the boys (Albert and Luke) are found in 1860 Saint Charles, Floyd Co., Iowa, with new wife Mary (b.@1829 KY) and two new children: Thadeus C. & Arthusy Pierson, both born in Indiana.

1860 United States Federal Census
about Ira B Day Name: Ira B Day
Age in 1860: 40
Birth Year: abt 1820
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1860: Charles, Floyd, Iowa
Gender: Male
Post Office: St Charles
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members: Name Age
Ira B Day 40
Mary Day 31
Arthusy Purson 13
Thadeus C Purson 17
Albert Day 14
Luke Day 10

One would then assume (I know, I know) that Mary was previously married to a Pierson and had the two children. However, I have had NO luck finding them in 1850, so I went to the IN marriage records and found where an Ira B. Day married a Mary Ann Wence in either: 1857 or 1859, depending on which entry you look at, in Vigo Co., IN. If we go with the 1859 year, it works.

Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
about Mary Ann Wence Name: Mary Ann Wence
Spouse Name: Ira B Day
Marriage Date: 13 Jun 1859
Marriage County: Vigo
Source Title 1: Vigo County, Indiana
Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1840 - 1920 Inclusive Vol
Source Title 3: W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerks Of
Book: 2
OS Page: 197

So then I went looking for a Mary Wence (soundex) in 1850, and found "Mary Wener" in Jackson, Sullivan Co., IN...
1850 United States Federal Census
about Mary Wener Name: Mary Wener
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1826
Birth Place: Kentucky
Gender: Female
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Jackson, Sullivan, Indiana
Family Number: 860
Household Members: Name Age
William Wener 20
Mary Wener 24
Theodore Wener 7
Arthusey Wener 3
Jacob Shanks 60

so now I'm not sure what I'm looking at, and why the children are Pierson in 1860 and Wener in 1850, and while I may not have the right family, it sure does fit well. Can anyone help me out with this? I'm in over my head.


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