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Laura Mary "Laurie" Heath McComas
Birth: 1815
Death: 1847

NO HEADSTONE; NO DEATH CERT OR PROOF OF BURIAL HERE. This is most likely place she was buried. See husbands statement below 'her grave washed away'.

Laura Mary 'Laurie' Heath was born 1815 in Cabell County VA (now WV) and died circa 1847 most likely in childbirth or soon after childbirth as she left an infant. She married 28 Jan 1834 in Cabell County VA, Sanders W. McComas born 20 Jan 1814 died 23 June 1876. He was 'the elder' Sanders W. McComas, son of Moses McComas and Lucy Napier from Cabell Co. WV, a brother to William Burke McComas. Her marriage bond had her listed as 'Laurie' Heath. Witness to the bond were her brother Stephen Preston Heath and Sanders McComas.

Laura Mary (Heath) McComas and Sanders W. McComas had six children before she died. The infant Lucy McComas born 1847 was her last. One descendant told me that oral history of that line says that after the death of Laura Mary Heath and before Sanders W. McComas remarried that year, Elizabeth Blue Heath cared for the newborn. I have no way of verifying this information.

Sanders W. McComas remarried in 1847 Nancy C. Boydston, the daughter of Thomas Boydston and Elizabeth Gregg from TN. Nancy C. Boydston was born 15 Oct 1813 in Cocke Co. TN. She herself was a widow at the time they married. She had first married 28 Aug 1834 in Clay Co MO Jessie McPike and had one child with him: William H. McPike. Sanders W. McComas was a very pro-Union man and had 'trouble' in Platte Co Missouri which caused he and 2nd wife Nancy C. (Boydston) (McPike) McComas to move in 1856, along with her brother Nathaniel Christian Boydston--to very early Jefferson Township, Jackson Co. MO. Nancy's son William H. McPike was of the southern persuasion and stayed behind in Platte Co and lived with his grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Boydston. He served two terms for the Confederacy. Sanders W. McComas, it is believed moved to Kansas because of the 'free soil' vote to be taken up by Kansas on whether or not it would be a slave state. Nancy's brother Nathaniel C Boydston donated the land for the early Circleville Cemetery, Jackson Co KS where much of the family was buried. Sanders and Nancy McComas led a very full life in Jackson Co KS and Nancy became stepmother to the children from Laura Mary Heath. She and Sanders McComas went on to have many children of their own.


Benjamin J. McComas born 25 Apr 1835 Cabell Co. VA d. 12 Jan 1875 KS

David R. McComas born 14 Feb 1837 Cabell Co VA died 5 Apr 1867 KS

Israel McComas born 19 June 1839 Cabell Co VA died 12 May 1914 Circleville, Jackson Co KS

Chloe McComas born (?) 1840 d. 30 Aug 1903

Cynthia Hereford McComas born 6 Oct 1842 d. 29 Jan 1905 KS

Lucy A McComas born 23 July 1847 d. 1 Feb 1897


Sarah Elizabeth McComas born 1 June 1850 Platte Co MO died 21 July 1906 KS

Thomas McComas born circa 1851 d. Sept 1886 KS

Louara A. McComas born circa 1855 d. 22 Apr 1881 KS

Nancy Burke McComas born 1857 d. 19 July 1936 KS

We have only one clue concerning Sanders W. McComas's first wife, Laura Mary Heath. Her grave was never found. Sanders W. McComas himself in later years, answered the question on the whereabouts of Laura Mary Heath: In a piece in the Holton Recorder, Thurs March 14, 1935 by Arthur G. Hurst, entitled "Early Cemetery is South of Circleville" we learn: "The first death in the community (of Circleville) was a Mrs. Brown, who lived on the place now occupied by Jim Cole. Sanders McComas picked out the cemetery and his brother-in-law Nat Boydston, gave the land. Mr. McComas' first wife's (that would be Laura Mary Heath) grave washed away in Missouri, hence I suppose he chose the hill overlooking what is now Circleville Jackson Co KS, and how appropriate it is."

Family links: 
  Israel Heath (1773 - ____)
  Elizabeth Blue Heath
  Sanders W. McComas (1814 - 1876)
  Benjamin J. McComas (1835 - 1875)*
  David R McComas (1837 - 1867)*
  Israel McComas (1839 - 1914)*
  Cynthia Hereford McComas Abel (1842 - 1905)*
  Chloe McComas Wilson (1845 - 1903)*
  Lucy A. McComas Baxter (1847 - 1897)*
  James Heath (1800 - 1864)*
  William Richard Heath (1801 - 1883)*
  Richard Blue Heath (1803 - 1873)*
  Jonas Blue Heath (1808 - 1841)*
  John Wesley Heath (1809 - 1888)*
  Stephen Preston Heath (1812 - 1888)*
  Nancy D. Heath McComas (1814 - 1870)*
  Laura Mary Heath McComas (1815 - 1847)
  David M Heath (1817 - 1900)*
*Calculated relationship
McComas Cemetery
Platte County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
Record added: Feb 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66001194
Laura Mary Laurie <i>Heath</i> McComas
Added by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
Laura Mary Laurie <i>Heath</i> McComas
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 Added: Mar. 10, 2014

- Cameron-Ashley Heath
 Added: Feb. 13, 2014

- Tracey
 Added: Oct. 10, 2011
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