In the 1850 census of Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri, the Peart children are shown living with William and Rebecca Corel and their family. It is shown that Oney P. Biggs-Peart died in January 1850. Who was Oney? Is she somehow related to Rebecca Oney-Corel? The Peart father, Jonathan, lived Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri, perhaps as a border in 1850. Perhaps he was just unable to care for the young children and felt they would be better taken care of by William and Rebecca.
Over time I have come to be able to answer some of these questions. It does not appear that “Oney” Biggs-Peart was related to Rebecca Oney-Corel. Leona P. “Oney” Biggs was born to Moses A. and Elizabeth Surface-Biggs.
Jonathan Peart was born about 1809 in Kentucky according to the 1850 census. I have been unable to find any other information about Jonathan, other than his marriage to Oney Biggs on August 23, 1842.
Oney Biggs, born April 28, 1824 in Montgomery County, Virginia, was the third of twelve children born to Elizabeth Surface and Moses Allen Biggs. The Biggs family moved to Johnson County, Indiana in 1830. After a couple of years they moved further west to Jackson County, Missouri.
Jonathan and Oney had three children, all born in Missouri:
- Stewart was born about 1843.
- Mary Louisa was born September 7, 1844.
- William B. was born July 25, 1848.
Oney Biggs Peart passed away in Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri on January 9, 1850. By August of that year, when the census was recorded, the children were living with Rebecca and William Corel, and Jonathan Peart was living with another family, not far away.
After the 1850 census, the Peart children are nearly as elusive as their father! I have not yet been able to find anything further on Stewart Peart. Corel family researcher, Bobby Dobbins Title has been able to ascertain that Jonathan Peart served in the Civil War and lived the remainder of his days in Kansas.