Mary Ann was born about 1837, probably in Illinois.
Her name on her marriage record was "Mary Ann M. Eaves."
There isn't definite proof who Mary Ann's parents were, but after putting together most of the Eaves family in Missouri and Illinois and it seems like the only ones it could be are --
William Owen Eaves and Eva Margaret Whiteside, married 1837 Madison Co, IL.
In 1840 they had a girl the age of Mary Ann and a boy the age of James.
1840 Macoupin Co, IL. (William Owen was there with his brother Noah H. and their father, Benjamin)
William Eaves 10001-10001 - p 66 (prob William Owen Eaves)
. . .male 20-30 - (William-23)
. . .female 20-30 (Eva Margaret-21)
. . .girl 0-5 (Mary Ann - abt 3)
. . .boy 0-5 (James - abt 2)
If this is her parents, then her grandmother’s name was Mary Smith (possibly Mary Ann) and her mother’s name was Eva Margaret, so we could assume that she was named Mary Ann Margaret for her mother and grandmother.
If we could locate this family in 1850, it would surely clear up who her parents were.
Bill (son of Gilbert, Wm's son) said William Tatum worked at a mill in Sikeston, MO (west of Cairo, Alexander Co, IL--which is just south of Union Co, IL) when he was 17 [abt 1855] and that his wife was from just across the river at Cape Girardeau in southern Illinois. (But he married his first wife, Susannah in 1857; she was from Stoddard Co, MO), so this must be Mary Ann who was from IL.
Perhaps after Susannah died he gave the baby to his in-laws and when to Sikeston to work and there met Mary Ann.
It's possible that after her mother remarried in 1854, Mary Ann went to Cape Girardeau for work, and there met William.
There were several Eaves families in Union County, IL, so it's possible that Mary Ann was from Union County, but the only family there with a 12-13-year-old girl in 1850 was this one below, and it doesn't seem right:
William Eves - 35, b Tn
Mary Eves - 33, b Eng
Lucinda Eves - 13, b IL
Angeline Eves - 11
Martin Eves - 5
Rachel Delves - 6
Ruth Delves - 4
Sarah Delves - 3
The 1860 census lists her as born in Illinois. (On the 1880 census, Matilda says her mother was born in Missouri (but she probably meant her step-mother, Caroline Webb).
She was about 21 when she married William Tatum in Stoddard County, MO (why was she there? Perhaps he took her home to meet the family and married her there). They were both of "lawful age" meaning she was over 18 and he was over 21. William was a widower with a year-old baby. His first wife had died a few days after her baby was born. Mary Ann died with the birth of her 2nd baby.
Though Mary Ann was born in Illinois and her supposed mother still lived there, she married in Stoddard County, Mo. Perhaps since her father died in 1851 and her mother remarried in 1854, she was on her own. She was abt 21-22 when she married.
Mary Ann's first child, Matilda Marilla "Tilda", was born Feb 12, 1860.
1860 Richland Twp., Stoddard Co., MO, Page: 471, 3rd Sept 1870 Dwelling 944, Family 885 TATUM, Wm., 22, m, Farmer, $400, $250, born TN . . . . .Mary Ann, 23, f, born IL . . . . .Matilda, 1/12, f, born MO (maybe should be 7/12) (William's first child, Reuben, was not with them. Perhaps he was with his Taylor grandparents.)
Mary Ann's 2nd child, Arabella Elizabeth? "Bettie", was born Sept 3, 1865. Mary Ann died probably a few days later. William, with 3 little children, was in desperate need of a wife. So, he married Frances Caroline Webb, Sept 27, 1865 in Stoddard Co, MO. (as they say, on the way home from the cemetery).
Mary Ann was probably buried in the Old Idalia-Lewis Cemetery where William buried his first wife, Susannah 7 years earlier. (Susannah's death record is in an old cemetery plot book. Mary Ann's record has not been located.)
It appears that what may be her brothers, James and Bart Eaves, moved to Stoddard County, Mo. They were there in 1870.
James and Bart were probably also the children of William Owen Eaves (b 1817 in Madison Co, IL, d 1851) and Eva Margaret Whiteside. Eva was still in Madison Co, IL in 1860 & 1870 and remarried.
Mary Ann and Thomas must have also been siblings and children of William Owen. All four ended up in Stoddard Co, Mo., even though I have no record of their parents ever being there.
[Thomas Eaves divorced his wife Agnes, in Sept 1860, in Stoddard County, then he married there in 1867 to Bethelana A. Reed. He surely is a relative.]
After Mary Ann died in 1865, her brothers (James and Bart) were still in Stoddard County in 1870.
It's interesting that she had a brother named William Bartlett Eaves and a brother-in-law named Shepard Bartlett Tatum.
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