By Gregg Andrews
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Ibid. 33. The tract included lands formerly owned by Cato Abbott (120 acres), Madison Turner (100 acres), Willie Edwards (95 acres), Alfred W. Bulkley (15 acres), Alfred W. Bulkley et al. (195 acres), Spencer Tilbe (98 acres), Martin L. Blake (30 acres), Edward Medcalf (171 acres), James C. Tucker (40 acres), Melvina Myers (5 acres), S. P. Balthrope (58 acres), and George Whitecotton (35 acres). Cato Abbott to Henry J. Seaman, May 23, 1901; Madison Turner to Henry J. Seaman, June 3, 1901; Willie Edwards to Henry J.
6 It is unclear whether Sam had met Theodore Johnson in the Sny bottom or whether Johnson was the man who left Watseka with him, but they chopped wood and “batched” together in the Illinois woods along the Mississippi River. Around 1887 or 1888, Johnson moved across the river to an area three miles south of Hannibal, where he met and married Eliza Jane Smashey, the daughter of Samuel and Maria Smashey, a landowning farm family. 7 For the next several years Heinbach and Johnson worked as woodchoppers and truck farmers south of Hannibal.
Whatever the reason for Sam’s departure, his quick exit caught his family by surprise. “Well when he left he just went down the street,” his oldest daughter recalled, “just bare-footed, without hat or anything . . Yes sir. ”5 The fate of Sarah and her children illustrates the vulnerability of women and children who lived on the edge of poverty in an era that championed women’s subordination, male paternalism, and children’s orphanages as solutions to deep social problems. Sam, on a ﬁnal trip back to Cambridge sometime after 1885, discovered that Sarah had left the children with her mother, who in turn had put them in an orphans home in Richmond, Indiana.