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 Clarissa Jane <I>Sockwell Owens</I> Choate

Clarissa Jane Sockwell Owens Choate

Death 16 Jun 1895 (aged 56)
Burial Nesbitt, Harrison County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 45578026 · View Source
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Clarissa Jane Sockwell was first married, in 1861, to John W. Porter; she and John Porter had one child, John Walker Porter, born in 1861. John W. is presumed to have been a casualty of the Civil War, dying circa 1863.

Jane, as she was sometimes called, was married secondly to John Owens whom she married after the war. Two children were born to John Owens and Clarissa Jane Sockwell Owens: a daughter, Alice Gray Owens, and a son, Oscar Orba Owens. (See below.)

Sometime after the birth of his son, John Owens simply disappeared, believed to have fallen victim to any one of the innumerable vicissitudes of the post-Civil War era. The depredations of highwaymen, for instance, were a serious problem in eastern Texas and western Louisana.

Subsequently, in 1878, Clarissa married Austin Choat(e) and they lived for several years on the Choate farm on the Hynson Springs Road, south of Nesbitt, Texas, northwest of Marshall.

On the 1880 Harrison County census, Austin Choat and wife, Jane, age 45, are found in Household 426/4555 with his daughter, Louisa, John Porter, Alice, age 12, and a child, John, age 9. ("John" is likely a clerical census error, as Alice's brother was actually Oscar Orba Owens.)

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  • Created by: Ken Barnes
  • Added: 17 Dec 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 45578026
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clarissa Jane Sockwell Owens Choate (12 Feb 1839–16 Jun 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 45578026, citing Barnes-Choate Cemetery, Nesbitt, Harrison County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Ken Barnes (contributor 47212629) .