What is the actual middle and last name of Sarah E or S Weir/Warr/Ward/Ware/Weare who married George Electas Jenks? [closed]

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It looks like someone had TERRIBLE hand writing. Sarah and Geo. E. Jenks married and had many kids including Bertha May Jenks in IA. However, the records of Sarah and Geo. E. Jenks include no less than 4 different version of her last name. It is a bit of a train record from what I can tell.
WikiTree profile: Sarah Jenks
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in Genealogy Help by Ian Mclean G2G6 Mach 1 (12.4k points)
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Sarah S Ware
Mother of groom
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
spouse:    Geo E Jenks
child:    William E Jenks
other:    Anna Witt, Henry Witt, Sophia Ide        

Sarah Ware
Mother of groom
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
spouse:    George E. Jenks
child:    Clyde C. Jenks
other:    Maud E. Murphy Rae, John D. Murphy, Lucie Menetrem        

Sarah Ware Jenks
Mother
Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
birth:        Iowa    
spouse:    Geo. E. Jenks
child:    Clyde Carl Jenks        

Sarah Ware
Mother of groom
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
spouse:    George E. Jenks
child:    Clyde C. Jenks
other:    Maud E. Murphy Rae, John D. Murphy, Lucie Menetrem, /Rae
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
selected by Ian Mclean

Note that is in conflict with records for Sarah's father. Her father is listed in the marriage of Geo. E. Jenks to Sarah as John Weir. I suspect that Geo. Jenks is the one responsible for the troublesome records based on the assumption that he is likely the person filling out the records.

Though so far, I haven't been able to pull up conclusive matches for John Weir to Sarah Weir of Iowa.

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB9-S9CR?mode=g&i=6&wc=QZ27-HJG%3A1589394762%2C1589400711%2C1589395583%2C1589395053%3Fcc%3D1417683&cc=1417683

If you enlarge this image of Sarah Ware's name at 60 61, it looks like Ware to me when she was 15 years old. The entry immediately above her is for Frank Ware, stepson age 23. Sarah Ware is a stepdaughter.
Thanks. It looks like there was a John Ware in the Webster, Iowa area in the right time frame. Frustratingly, there's a US Census which has John Weare and his family that seems to be a relatively decent match.
I have ancestors who changed the spelling of the last name from Kuhns to Koons. Maybe your Ware or Weare people did something similar.
Okay. I think I figured out what happened. FamilySearch had an existing profile linked with the record of Sarah Ware and Frank Ware in the household of Philliph Howley and Mary "Polly" Rhudy. Mary was linked to John Ware, and they had a number of children which included Sarah Saphrona Ware.

I think that George Jenks was inconsistent about his reporting of the details of Sarah and her family. I suspect that this is for less than honorable reasons; he married a 16 year old when he was 27. Though it could just be a combination of "Don't know, don't care" and bad handwriting or illiteracy. In any case, Mary Welles appears to be a red herring and seems likely to be the same person as Mary Rhudy. In anycase, it looks like that opened up a whole bunch of the family tree from Sarah Saphrona Ware on back.
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Sarah Ware

United States Census, 1880

Name Sarah Ware
Event Type Census
Event Date 1880
Event Place Sumner, Webster, Iowa, United States
Gender Female
Age 15
Marital Status Single
Race White
Race (Original) W
Occupation At Home
Relationship to Head of Household Stepdaughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) SDau
Birth Year (Estimated) 1865
Birthplace Iowa, United States
Father's Birthplace Illinois, United States
Mother's Birthplace Indiana, United States
Sheet Letter C
Sheet Number 503
Person Number 3
Volume 1

HOUSEHOLD

ROLE

GENDER

AGE

BIRTHPLACE

Philip Howley Self M 41 Ireland
Mary Howley Wife F 50 Indiana, United States
Frank Ware Stepson M 23 Iowa, United States
Sarah Ware Stepdaughter F 15 Iowa, United States
Anna M Searles Step-granddaughter F 12 Iowa, United States
John P Howley Son M 8 Iowa, United States
Stephen Fenton Other M 30 Vermont, United States

CITING THIS RECORD

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDLP-Y2C : accessed 19 April 2016), Sarah Ware in household of Philip Howley, Sumner, Webster, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 222, sheet 503C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0369; FHL microfilm 1,254,369.

PLEASE see reply to your comment. Thanks. Frank 

 

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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She appears to be Sarah Saphrona Ware born to John Ware of Illinois and Mary "Polly" Rhudy of Indiana.

She was born in either Webster City, South Dakota or Webster County, Iowa.
by Ian Mclean G2G6 Mach 1 (12.4k points)
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Sara Saphrona Jenks
Find A Grave Index
birth:    June 1864    
death:    9 February 1916    
burial:    1916    Cherokee, Cherokee, Iowa, United States of America            
 
Sarah Ware Jenks
Mother
Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
birth:        Iowa    
spouse:    Geo. E. Jenks
child:    Clyde Carl Jenks
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)

Sara Saphrona Jenks

Find A Grave Index

Name Sara Saphrona Jenks
Maiden Name Ware
Event Type Burial
Event Date 1916
Event Place Cherokee, Cherokee, Iowa, United States of America
Photograph Included N
Birth Date Jun 1864
Death Date 09 Feb 1916
Affiliate Record Identifier 65532150
Cemetery Oak Hill Cemetery

CITING THIS RECORD

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV27-9356 : accessed 6 May 2016), Sara Saphrona Jenks, 1916; Burial, Cherokee, Cherokee, Iowa, United States of America, Oak Hill Cemetery; citing record ID 65532150, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Jenks&GSiman=1&GScid=95649&GRid=65532150&

Sara Saphrona Ware Jenks

Birth:  Jun., 1864
Death:  Feb. 9, 1916
image
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Ware (1824 - 1866)
  Mary Elizabeth Spangler Ruday Ware (1829 - 1914)
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Lucy Ware Surles (1851 - 1870)**
  David Ezra Ware (1852 - 1910)**
  George Washington Ware (1855 - 1942)**
  Sara Saphrona Ware Jenks (1864 - 1916)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery 
Cherokee
Cherokee County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Blk 10, lot 40, grv 3
 
Created by: ProgBase
Record added: Feb 11, 2011 
Find A Grave Memorial# 65532150
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)

Do you think that this is her husband, buried in the same cemetery?

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Jenks&GSiman=1&GScid=95649&GRid=65532149&

Geo. A. Jenks

Birth:  1854
Death:  Feb. 20, 1926
image
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery 
Cherokee
Cherokee County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Blk 10, lot 40, grv 4&5
 
Created by: ProgBase
Record added: Feb 11, 2011 
Find A Grave Memorial# 65532149

 

Cherokee County, Iowa would seem likely. The birthdates are within a year of each other, and Geo Jenks has a demonstrated inconsistency in filling out paperwork, so it isn't inconceivable that his gravestone would have a typo.

Also, the fact that the FindAGrave memorial is being contributed to by van Valkenburgs is promising. His mother was apparently Sarah van Valkenburg whose spouse was Henry L. Jenks.
+1 vote
I did a little work on this profile and listed some information. I did it because I was looking for a tie to some Jenks in Louisiana that I have some slight knowledge of.

Feel free to change anything you like or remove anything. :) I mostly did it because I am nosy and meddlesome by nature.
by Gigi Tanksley G2G6 Mach 3 (32.1k points)
Thank you for your meddling. Saves me a lot of work. ^_^

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