Friday, June 4, 2010

Sarah (Wilson) Venard

Birth:   1788
            Virginia, USA

Death:  Unknown
            McDonough County, Illinois


A daughter of Tom Wilson of Kentucky, she was the second wife of John Venard who came to Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois in 1830, settling on and "fully improving" the southeast quarter of section 14 where he lived until his death. John Venard was a son of William and Dorothy Venard of Harrison county, Kentucky. He brought his wife and children to Illinois in 1829, making a temporary stop in Morgan county before settling in McDonough County.

John and Sarah Venard were the parents of William (born 1816, Harrison Co., Kentucky); Eliza (born 1813); Mary [wife of Henry V. Craig]; Sally Jane (born 1820) [wife of Russell Rigg]; Lucinda [wife of James Hoover].

Sources: "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; also from a copy of William Venard's will from Harrison County, Kentucky; federal census records; vital statistics; and marriage records from Ancestry.com; the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

The poor condition of this cemetery and the existing stones has made it impossible to locate her grave since prior to 1983 when it was documented by Daniel L. Venard.

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