Title: Newpaper article
Title: 1830 Federal Census, St. Francois Co., MO
Page: Liberty twn. P. 416
Title: 1840 Federal Census, St. Francois Co., MO
Page: Image 1 of 6, Liberty twn.
Title: Marriages of Jefferson County, Tennessee
Page: p. 4
Note: Mary Helen Haines notes:
In the family Bible belonging to Nancy Caroline McFarland Sloan are these dates:
Rubin McFarland born Feb. 19, 1778, died Oct. 4, 1856. Martha McFarland born March 20, 1779, died April 24, 1855
The year for Reuben's death is different. So, not sure if it is 1858 or 1856.
Buncombe Co. Deed Book 9, pp. 31, 34, 36. John Sr. is deeding land to James (253 acres on Jonathan Cr.), to Reuben (175 acres on Jonathan Cr.) William (196 acres on Jonathan Cr.) and David (116 acres Jonathan's Cr.)
Article in newspaper dated October 14, 1927, a reprint of an article from 1886
"Farmington, May 10, 1886
Editor Democrat:-- During the year of 1815 or 1816, there came to this part of the country Reuben McFarland, John McFarland and others of the same name, and settled in what was known in early days as the McFarland settlement, some seven or eight miles southeast of Farmington. They were of the Cumberland Presbyterian religion, and old Uncle Reuben McFarland (as every one called him) was one of the most zealous men in the Master's interest in this country. It was about the organization of the old Cumberland Presbyterian Church in that settlement, which was kept up by himself and his relatives as long as he lived, but after his death (which occurred some time in the fifties) the church was merged into the Methodist Church South, and the old house of worship was sold, and now does duty as a cow-barn for George W. Murphy. Uncle Reuben McFarland gave his influence and example to the Presbyterians of Farmington in the organization of their church, and was with them on all occasions when he could be of service; he was ma� known in this part of the country as any man of his day, and esteemed by all as one of the brightest milestones on the narrow way that leads above. During the same year there came to this settlement Thomas George, and his brothers, Reuben, Carrol, Jesse, and Lewis; there came with them several McFarlands, but I believe of no relation to the others. All the Georges except Thomas, and I believe all of the last named McFarlands left this place for Cooper County Missouri, and...(cont. on page 28)"
Note: the other McFarlands were other children of John and Mary Kinder McFarland.
1824 Reuben McFarland made claim to 127.6 acres in NW Sect. 18, 35 N, 7E. This land straddles the St. Francois/Ste Genevieve border.
On May 25, 1842 Reubin McFarland Sr. conveyed to Reubin Jr. his land, 127 acres and all the goods, horses, houses, water, etc. for $300. "except a cumfortable support for said Reubin McFarland Sr. and Martha his wife." St. Francois Deeds Book C, p. 427.
p. 656 in Goodspeed's Southwest Missouri: "...Reuben and Martha McFarland, who moved from North Carolina to Tennessee and came from there to Missouri in 1814, locating in Liberty Township, St. Francois County, where they passed the remainder of their days. Mr. McFarland was a remarkable man. He was a natural mechanic, being a good blacksmith, gunsmith, carpenter, cabinet maker, etc., and used tools of his own making. He was also a man who made friends of every one with whom he came in contact. He made a clock that kept perfect time, and the violins of his making were equal to any purchased from dealers." part of article about Thomas B. Marks, Reuben's grandson.
When visiting the property in 2008, besides visiting the cemetery, also visited the "Old Clay Pit" under a grove of trees in the middle of a pasture. The people that took us to it, explained that this was the source of the clay used for brickmaking, and the source of the first brick building, a house, built around the time of the civil war.
More than likely, Reuben and Martha are buried in the family cemetery, where is son Jacob and wife are buried. However, there are no visible stones.
The following are notes from the McFarland genealogy website of Gary Morris: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hollow/8143/genealogy/mcfarland/rbtlanc.txt --
***** 49 ***** Reuben A. McFARLAND, son of John McFARLAND and Mary KINDER, was
born 19 Feb 1778 in Bedford County, Virginia, died 13 Feb 1867 in St Francois
County, Missouri. Married 28 Sep 1797 in Jefferson County, Tennessee to Martha
CAMPBELL born 20 May 1779 in Dandridge, Jefferson County, Tennessee, died 24 Apr
1855 in St Francois County, Missouri.
----- NOTES FOR Reuben A. McFARLAND:
MARRIAGE: 1797 TENNESSEE, Jefferson County. Reuben McFarland and Martha
Campbell, 28 Sep 1797/1799. SOURCE: IGI.
CENSUS: 1800 NORTH CAROLINA, Buncombe County 10100-00100. P. 181.
CENSUS: 1810 NORTH CAROLINA, Buncombe County. Reuben McFarland P. 198.
CENSUS: 1830 MISSOURI, Cooper County. Reuben A. McFarland. P. 215.
===CHILDREN of Reuben A. McFARLAND and Martha CAMPBELL
182 [Daughter] McFARLAND b abt 1798 Tennessee(?).
+ 183 Jacob McFARLAND b 19 Oct 1799 Buncombe County, North
Carolina. M Mary McFARLAND.
184 Mary (Polly) McFARLAND b 1801 Buncombe County, North
185 Houston McFARLAND b abt 1807 Buncombe County, North
+ 186 Reuben H. McFARLAND b abt 1810 Haywood County, North
Carolina. M (1) Martha BENTON. M (2) Mary C. PETTIT.
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