I am so happy to hear from you. I've been hunting and waiting for a Peart descendant to surface since 1983!
Here is William Peart's sister:
From Andreas History of Kansas 1883, Vol II - Wyandotte County
JOSEPH BOSTON STEEL
Farmer, Section 29, P. O. Argentine, was born in Tazewell County, VA June 10, 1828, son of William and Mary Steel. His grandfather, Ralph Steel was a veteran of the war of 1812. He lived until sixteen years of age in his native country, then moved to Jackson County, MO. Farmed two years and then in the spring of 1855, moved to a new place on the Wakarusa Bottom southwest of Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas where he remained eighteen months, during which time his mother died and he returned to Jackson County, MO but in 1857, fall of the year, he moved into Wyandotte County, Kansas and engaged in teaming four years. He then rented a farm, four miles from Kansas City and afterward sold out and purchased the farm which he has cultivated ever since. His home consists of 120 acres of land in a high state of cultivation and well improved. Mr. Steel has served four years as Township Trustee and is the present incumbent. He also served eight years as Road Supervisor and two years as Director of School District. He was married in Shawneetown, Johnson County, Kansas, July 21, 1864, to Mary L. Peart, native of Jackson County, MO and daughter of Jonathan and Oney Peart. They have five children, viz, John F., Edward, Lizzie, William C. and Ophelia. Mr. Steel is one of Wyandotteâ€™s best citizens.
Here's from some research I've done and put into narrative form:
WILLIAM B. PEART
The Bent County History book has the name â€œPeartâ€ noted in it several times but there is no biographical sketch to tell us who William B. Peart was. It is only in researching the Corel family that one finds there must be some kind of a connection to Nannie Corel Dobbins, which is probably the reason he brought his family to Las Animas.
As noted in a previous section, the Corel family came from Virginia, settling first in Westport, Missouri and then in Douglas County, Kansas, on the river just east of Lawrence. The parents of the emigrating families were William Corel and his wife, Rebecca Oney Corel. William died soon after settling in Missouri, and shortly Rebecca followed the lead of her oldest son Henry and
moved with almost all of her married children to Douglas County, Kansas. Both In Virginia and Missouri there was a fellow named Jonathan J. Peart and his wife â€œOneyâ€. (On William Peartâ€™s death certificate his father is listed as Jonathan Peart and his motherâ€™s name is shown as â€œLeona Biggsâ€ or â€œBoggsâ€)
On the 1850 census, three Peart children, Stewart (7), William B. (4), and Louise (3) are shown living with the Corel family. In tracking them on further censuses, they begin showing up living with various adult Corel children, of whom there eventually were 12 in Douglas County. Jonathan Peart served in the Civil War and apparently came through unscathed, but why he did not raise these children is a mystery.
No trace of Stewart has been found since that 1850 census. In 1861 when Rebecca Corel died, William B. and Louise moved in with William and Cosby Jane Corel Justice, another Corel sister, and later went with them to Johnson County, Kansas. Louise married Joseph Boston Steel in Shawneetown, Kansas in the early 1860s. William B. Peart married Mary Alice Brown. Cosby Jane Justice died in 1884, and it is just possible that this is when William B. took his family down to Las Animas to live near Nannie Corel Dobbins, sister of â€œJaneâ€ Justice.
William B. Peartâ€™s obituary from the Kansas City Times, Nov. 1, 1920, is as follows:
Peart, William B., 72 years old, died yesterday in Bethaney Hospital, Kansas side. Mr. Peart who lived at 24th and Steele Road was born in Jackson County, Missouri and has lived in Kansas City, Kansas the past 10 years, survived by the widow Alice M. Peart of the home address, two sons, Frank M. Peart, Phoenix, Arizona, and George B. Peart, Brawley, California. Time of funeral services which will be at the home will be announced later.
By indexing the Bent County Colorado History Book Index I found references to William B., Alice and George. Without this index, I would have had no idea that William Peart was ever in Las Animas. I still do not know how or even if the Pearts are related to the Corel family, but if they are not related by blood, then certainly they are by circumstance.
Shawn, this will give you some idea of the types of things I've found on the Pearts. There are many unanswered questions. Jonathan Peart served in the civil war, lived his life out in Kansas but apparently left his kids to others to raise.
Please contact me directly at Snibbod1@aol.com
as soon as you have read this information. We can talk about what you have and what you need. I assume you will be willing to provide me with information as to the descendants of your great-grandpa? There is a Corel family reunion in Lawrence, Kansas this coming July -- Corel families still live on the land Rebecca Corel settled on when she arrived in Douglas County in 1854.
Hope this makes your day!