Friday, June 4, 2010

Robert F. McComsey

Birth:    1796

Died:     July, 1862
             McDonough County, Illionois

Robert F. McComsey was born in Kentucky around 1796 according to federal census records from 1850 and 1860.  Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II.” documented this burial, but the stone was not located in November 2007 or March 2008.  Lester reported an inscription that revealed that Robert McComsey died in July of 1862 at the at the age of 66 years, 25 days.

Federal Land Office records show that Robert McComsey paid $120 for the purchase of 160 acres in the southwest corner of Section 21, in Bethel Township, McDonough County on August 5, 1836.

He appeared in the Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois Federal in 1850 and in 1860 with the same two women living in his household.  In 1860 he was a 64-year-old farmer residing in a home with 75-year-old Margaret McQuady, and 60-year-old Elizabeth McComsey. Elizabeth is listed third in the household listing in both the 1850 and 1860 censuses suggesting she was unlikely to be Robert's spouse. In 1850 Margaret's surname is listed as "McComsey.

Mary "Polly" (McComsey) McClure and Jane (McComsey) Wilson, both from Kentucky, are both interred in this cemetery and are possible siblings of Robert. Neither Elizabeth nor Margaret have been located in the 1870 census, they were possible also deceased by that time. It is possible that they were also his siblings and they are possibly interred in this cemetery.

Biographical information comes from census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

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