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  • Writer's pictureDonna Hechler Porter

Catherine "Kati" McQueen Jacobs Felder

Catherine “Kati” McQueen was born in 1844 in Franklin County, Tennessee. She was the seventh child and sixth daughter of Milton and Susan (Simmons) McQueen. She was five when her family moved to Texas in the fall of 1849. She was ten years old when her mother, Susan (Simmons) McQueen, died of pneumonia in 1854.

On 22 December 1859 she married Euphenitus P. Jacobs in Tyler County, Texas. It is possible he died during the Civil War.[1] In the 1860 Tyler County, Texas census she is still found living in Milton McQueen’s household.

On 14 April 1863 Katie married a second time to James Felder in Tyler County, Texas.[2] James was born about 1819 in Mississippi.[3] His first wife was Elizabeth Barclay, daughter of Anderson Barclay and Sarah Ann Prather.[4] Anderson was a son of Elizabeth McQueen (daughter of John McQueen and Nancy Crews) and Walter Barclay. Elizabeth McQueen Barclay was Milton McQueen’s oldest sister. Elizabeth Barclay (daughter of Anderson) was born in 1839 in Liberty County, Republic of Texas. James Felder and Elizabeth Barclay were married about 1855. Elizabeth died sometime after the 1860 census was taken.[5] James and Elizabeth had three daughters – H.S., born 1857; L.E., born 1858; and Mary J., born 1860. At the time of James’ second marriage to Kati McQueen Felder the girls were still little being 6, 5, and 3.[6] Kati became an instant mother. James was a veteran of the Civil War.

At least five children were born to James and Katie: Narcissa, born in 1865; James Milton, born 26 March 1865; John, born 1867; William Daniel, born 1870; and Samuel, born 1872.[7]

Catherine died sometime between 1872, the birth of her son Samuel, and 22 July 1875, the date that her husband James remarried to Nancy Ann Raseberry in Polk County, Texas.[8] Catherine was 38 years old at the time of her death. She was the second of Milton and Susan (Simmons) McQueen's children to pass away. (In 1867, shortly after the end of the war, older sister Nancy McQueen Barclay died.) Sometime after James' third marriage, he moved the family to Jack County, Texas where he is found in the 1880 Texas census for that year. Family correspondence and records later suggest that the family moved to Oklahoma.[9]

[1] Marriage recorded in Tyler Co., TX.

[2] Marriage recorded in Tyler Co., TX.

[3] 1860 Tyler County, TX census, James Felder’s household; 1870 Polk County, TX census, James Felder’s household; 1880 Jack Co., TX census, James Felder’s household.

[4] Letter to me from Vivian Cogbill dated 9 August 1992. Marriage date approximate based on birth of first child. [5] 1850 Tyler County, TX census father Anderson Barclay’s household; 1860 Tyler County, TX census husband James Felder’s household. [6] 1860 Tyler County, TX census, James Felder's household.

[7] 1870 Polk Co., TX census, James Felder’s household; 1880 Jack Co., TX census; James Felder’s household. Narcissa’s birthdate in both is given as 1865.

[8] Polk County, Texas Marriage Book C, pg. 15.

[9] Correspondence with Vivian Cogbill, descendant of Susan Dominy, in the 80’s

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