Sarah Jane Neese

13 February 1837–26 June 1858 (Age 21)
Owen, Indiana, United States

The Life of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Neese was born on 13 February 1837, in Owen, Indiana, United States, her father, Washington Columbus Neese, was 20 and her mother, Leah Anderson, was 18. She married Purlonzo Bell in 1854, in Webster, Keokuk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Jackson Township, Owen, Indiana, United States in 1850. She died on 26 June 1858, in Hamilton, Iowa, United States, at the age of 21, and was buried in Neese Cemetery, Homer, Hamilton, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Purlonzo Bell
Sarah Jane Neese
Marriage: 1854
James Monroe Bell

Spouse and Children

    Purlonzo Bell



Webster, Keokuk, Iowa, United States


    James Monroe Bell


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (6)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 4

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 9

Iowa is the 29th state.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Naois ( see McNeese ).2 North German and Dutch: from a short form of the female personal name Agnes ( see Annis ).3 Americanized form of German Nies or possibly Kniess ( see Knez ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah J Nease in household of Washington Nease, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Neese in entry for James Monroe Bell, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"
  • Sarah Jane Neese Bell, "Find A Grave Index"

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