Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sarah Jane (McClure) Venard

Birth:    December 10, 1815
             Shelbyville, Kentucky

Died:     March 18, 1883
             McDonough Co., Illinois



She shares this stone with her husband. First as it appeared in 1994, second as it has been since at least March of 2008.

Sarah Jane (McClure) Venard was a daughter of Greenup and Mary (McComsey) McClure.  This cemetery is located on her father's former Illinois homestead.  She moved from Kentucky in her youth with many relatives to Illinois around 1830.

On March 29, 1836 she married William Venard, another native Kentuckian.. Theirs was the first wedding in McDonough County. They were the parents of nine children: Isabel (Wilson), John F., George Greenup, Sarah Jane, James William, Perry Wilson, Robert Y., Thomas Webster, and Josephine (Smith).

Her parents, husband, in-laws, several sisters and several daughters, are also buried in this cemetery.

Her husband's obituary appeared in the Macomb Journal on June 9, 1881: "An early settler of McDonough county, William Venard died at his home in Bethel township on June 5th, 1881. He was born in Harrison county, Kentucky in 1816, came to Morgan county, Illinois in 1821, and then to McDonough county. He was married to Sarah Jane McClure in 1836. He is survived by his wife, 6 sons and 2 daughters. The funeral was Monday, and he was buried in the burial ground near his residence. Attending the funeral of their father and brother-in-law were J.F. Venard and Robert McClure of Carroll county, Missouri and J.W. Venard of Cherokee, Kansas."

Sons of Sarah Jane & William Venard:
Perry Venard (individual portrait)
  Group photo of brothers left to right:  James, Robert, George, Thomas W., and John.

Sources include historical newspapers and county histories and "Venard-Van Antwerp-. . . McClure . . . etc. Genealogy," by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1983, Macomb, Illinois, and "Corrections & Additions for Venard-Van Antwerp Genealogy" by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1988.

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