Update on Sarah Evans, wife of William Brummett: The genealogist didn’t find anything, which I was mentally prepared for because I’ve seen other diligent genealogists have her as their brick wall.
I received an Ancestry.com message asking for help with someone’s Indiana Brummett family. I have come across them before and noticed other researchers have questioned if they are connected.
It reminded me that the DAR genealogist who was helping me with my application mentioned it was a bit of a stretch to assume Joseph Evans and Anna Maria Sauer (Mary Ann Sowers) were Sarah Evans’ parents because lack of evidence and to consider how far apart Putnam County, Indiana and Missouri are. According to Wikipedia Mercer County, Missouri was organized in 1845 from Grundy County.
I did note that three of Joseph Evans and Anna Maria Sauer’s children eventually ended up in and died in Mercer County, Missouri although I don’t know what circumstances led them there.
- Marium Evans b. about 1809 d. 1885 Mercer County, MO
- Solomon Evans b. 1811 d. 1859 Mercer County, MO
- Robert Evans b.1822 d. 1852 Mercer County, MO
Anyway, it has become clear to me that probably the best way of finding more on Sarah Evans is to focus on William Brummett’s family. I’ve seen William Brummett on the 1830 census in Chariton County, MO but have not found him in earlier documents there. I did not see any Brummetts on that census schedule in Chariton County or the surrounding areas. I have found a man named Rennes Brummott on the Earliest Township and Public Land Survey, 5th Principal Meridian. The date at the bottom of the page says “Surveyors Office St. Louis April 6th 1837”. I speculate on the relationship of these two Brummett men in the linked blog post. It is important to note that the name is pronounced “wren” but in the Breton language Rennes could also be pronounced “Rhoazon”.
This website has come up in many of my search results about the Brummett family. I finally contacted the owner to ask him if he thought 1)Rennes and William could be father/son since I have seen many family trees online with William’s father listed as “Ren, Renna, or Reason” Brummett and 2) if these Brummetts might be related to his Brummetts in Indiana. Remember the DAR genealogist thought my Sarah Evans could not be the daughter of Joseph Evans of Indiana because I didn’t have solid evidence of the relationship and the two states are not close to each other.
He had a lot of good info in his response, but the thing that stood out to me most was:
One other thing that I should mention.The Brummetts and Chandlers ended up in Brown County, Indiana about 1821. That is where the senior Ren Brummett went as well.Around 1850, a couple of the chandlers in Brown County moved to different locations in Missouri.The Chandler and Brummett cousins grew up together in Brown County, Missouri. So it would not be surprised if many of the Brummett cousins moved to Missouri at about the same time. I have not studied the idea very carefuly, however.
Very interesting. The earliest documentation of my William Brummett that I’ve found was the 1827 marriage between him and Sarah “Sally” Evans. As I mentioned before he is on the 1830 census, but when I went to check my records I noticed a cousin has him in her family tree residing in Greene County, Indiana. As Brown County, IN wasn’t formed until 1836 I figured maybe it was all Greene County at one time.
They could be different people, there are three people unaccounted for in Missouri if they are the same. It was just striking to me that a Renna/Ren Brummett also appears in Brown County (formed 1836) in 1840 at 70 years old. What a coincidence there is also a Rennes Brummett in the area that became Livingston County, Missouri around the time William Brummet was there (and in Chariton). Livingston and Chariton counties are next to each other so I figured boundaries probably changed a bit.
They could also be cousins or another type of kin, my point is I see a definite connection between the Missouri and Indiana Brummets (and possibly the Indiana Evans too).