I have had quite the obsession with the Peart family since I discovered the children (Stuart, Mary, and William) living with the Corel family in Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri in 1850.
George B. Peart was born to William B. and Mary Alice Brown Peart October 1882 in Kansas, perhaps while visiting family, as William and Mary Alice had already begun a life in Colorado by the time George was born. George B. Peart can be found living in Reno Ward 3, Washoe, Nevada, but I have had a difficult time finding much else on George’s life.
Frank Milton Peart was born to William B. Peart and Mary Alice Brown in April 1878 in Kansas. Frank would have been a toddler when his father moved the family to Bent County, Colorado, where Frank and his brothers were raised. Frank Milton married Anna Garvey, born October 1887 in Pennsylvania, about 1908.
William B. Peart was only a year and a half when his mother died and he and his siblings were taken in by the Corel family. William Peart moved with the Corel family when they settled in the Kansas Territory. In the 1855 Territorial Census, William Peart is living with William and Cosby “Jane” Corel Justice. I have had difficulty finding William Peart again until 1870, when he is living, possibly as a boarder, with the Espenlaub family. During the 1860 census, however, he may have been living with James Pickens Corel and family, as there is a W Albert, age 14, listed with the family. It’s a stretch, but it is the best I’ve been able to come up with, because I can’t imagine a twelve year old being sent out to live on his own.
Ophelia Steele was born to Mary Louisa Peart and Joseph Boston Steele in March 1879.
Ophelia Steele and Joseph F Key
Elizabeth A. Steele was born to Mary Louisa Peart and Joseph Boston Steele in November 1869.
Mary Louisa was born on September 7, 1844 in Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri. Her mother, Oney Biggs, died when she was five years old. Mary and her brothers went to live with William and Rebecca Oney Corel and their family. I could not find Mary Louisa in the 1855 Kansas Territorial Census, she and her older brother, Stewart, may have stayed in Missouri with their father. In 1860 there is a 17 year old Mary L. Peart living in Westport, Jackson County, Missouri who is employed as a servant.
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.
If not Corel by blood, they must be Corel by Chance! This page was originally named “Corel by Marriage”, however, there is a family that needs to be included who did not marry into the Corel family.