First, there is a book written by Larry James which shows quite a lot of the lineage of the Feland line. In this book, Joseph Feland is listed as having married Elizabeth Still [sic]. Cooper Co. records show an Elizabeth Steele marrying a James Fielding [sic]. Obviously, misspellings of names were fairly frequent back then. Elizabeth Steele is the d/o Joseph Steele and Elizabeth Carson. I have not found the parents of Elizabeth Carson, but her sister's name may have been Catherine who md. Alexander Sloan (whose lineage is also Carson based). The Sloans and Carsons traveled the US together as they traveled West. There is quite a write-up about Alex. & Catherine's son Robert Sloan(e)a well known preacher in his time.
A Margaret A. Feland md. a Robert Henderson May 7, 1865 in Pettis Co. MO. They show up on the 1870 census w/ their daughter Evva (spelling on the census of Eva's name), and his son William Henderson from his first marriage living in Warrensburg, Johnson, Co., MO. They are living close to other Hendersons (probably brothers), one of which md. a Julia Chamberlin of VA (Robert & James N. Henderson were also from VA). There are clues as to their lineage but I have not checked these out yet. James N & Julia (Chamberlin) Henderson also have a daughter named Eva.
In 1890, a Maggie Henderson is listed on the Veteran's census living in Sedalia, Pettis Co., MO widow of Pvt. Robert Henderson. That particular Robert Henderson was court martialed around 1865 & the charges were attempted murder and disorderly conduct. The attempted murder charges were dropped. He lost his promotion as Corporal and was fined a few months pay as he was found guilty of disturbing the peace in Knob Noster, MO, not far from his future home, Warrensburg, MO (Warrensburg was the city where he was court martialed also).
On January 18, 1892, a widow, Margaret A. Henderson, who lived on Pettis Street, Sedalia, Pettis Co., MO and who worked for a George Gray, was found dead in her bed. She was claimed to be a "morphine eater" according to the obituary. The obituary states that she was childless but she had a sister living in Montrose City (Julia Catherine [Kitty] Feland Starke lived in Montrose w/ her husband and 2 daughters).
According to family legend, Eva Henderson, Mgt & Rbt Henderson's daughter, was orphaned and brought up by her aunts. I strongly suspect that this Mgt Feland who was md. to Rbt. Henderson - both perhaps a little on the lost-soul side - are the same Rbt. & Mgt Henderson listed on the 1870 cenus. I believe that the scandal of Maggie's addiction which was at least 12 years in length (ca. 1880-1892) according to the paper, lead to the forced loss of her daughter, Eva.
Joan Voll was sent the military papers and a copy of the obituary.
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