Margaret Elizabeth Bond was born 6 jan 1848 in Jonesboro, Illinois about nine years after her parents had moved from Caburrus, North Carolina. Her father died shortly after her birth. Margaret's mother then married Solomon Miller, who was also widowed.
The combined Miller and Bond families were living together in Dongola, Illinois during the 1860 census when Margaret was 12. When she was 14, her older sister, Catherine, died.
Margaret lost two sons when she was 24 and 25 years old.
Two weeks before her son Ed was born in her 27th year, her sister Mary died. She and Jake then moved to Thebes, Illinois.
When Margaret was 29 she gave birth to Rupert.
She lost twins when she was 30.
During the 1880 census, she was 32 and lived with Jake, Ed, and Rupert at Thebes, Illinois.
When Margaret was 33 she gave birth to Lilly, who lived only five months.
At 34 she gave birth to May Mansker, and when she was 37 she gave birth to Maggie.
When she was 38, Rupert died, and when she was 40, Maggie died.
When she was 42, she gave birth to Mary, who lived three years.
At age 46, she adopted her grand niece, Ora King who was orphaned as an infant.
During the 1900 census, Margaret was living with Jake, Ed, and Ora in Thebes, Illinois.
Three years later, Jacob died, and the following year in 1904 her mother died.
According to the 1910 census, a niece, Birdie F. Tinsley, age 18, was living with her in Thebes, Illinois.
Margaret was living at Thebes, Illinois during the 1920 census.
Margaret married Jacob L. Mansker 17 Apr 1870 when she was 22 in Jonesboro, Illinois.
Margaret died 22 Jan 1921 at Thebes, Illinois according to the pension papers for husband, Jacob.
Margaret's tombstone says, "Niece of Shadrach Bond," but this cannot be corroborated with the genealogy of Shadrach Bond. Shadrach's only brothers were older than he and there would be 110 years difference in age between Shadrach's youngest brother and Margaret.
In her application for Jake's Civil War widow's pension, Margaret revealed she was deaf, and this was attested to by the examiners who interviewed her.
In the pension application, Margaret also revealed that she had inherited $100 from Solomon Miller, her step-father. She invested this money on property in lower Thebes, and when the railroad came through, they bought her property for $500. Jake then took this money and bought more property, and because of the booming economy, he was able to sell some of the other property for $1500. He used that money to buy even more property, but up on the hill. He also bought a wagon and a team of horses. Margaret did not see any of this money, and for a while, they separated. By the time Jake had died, the properties they owned were falling into disrepair. Jake left property to his son Ed, his daughter, May, and his adopted daughter Ora King. He allowed Margaret to hold Ora King's property and draw rent from it until Margaret's death.
It took two years before Margaret was able to draw a widow's pension due to paperwork, and during that time, she had to live off of $12 per month rental income (minus taxes and house repairs). When she finally started receiving her widow's pension, she received $30 per month.
When Margaret died, she had her gravestone written with her maiden name, and not her married name.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Margaret by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Margaret: