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Birsay Feas \ Robert Fea I \ Robert Fea II \ Charles Fea I and Elizabeth Moss

Charles Fea II and Mary Ann Strouts

Charles Fea II was engaged to Mary Ann Strouts at the time of the bankruptcy of his father.  He was to have managed the family business in Charing, Kent.  By the will of his maternal grandfather (the father of Elizabeth Moss), he was well provided for.

He married Mary Ann Strouts in February 1837.  She was the youngest daughter of Edward Strouts, Esquire, of Kingsdown Court near Sittingbourne in Kent and his wife, Sarah.  Mary Ann was born on 16th November 1811.  They married at Kingsdown and decided to try their fortune in the United States.

It is written that a black curly headed young man, Charles Fea II, and his black headed wife together with his wife's red headed brother, Robert Plumbley Strouts, set sail for America in March of 1837.  They must have landed in Montreal or New York City.  They may have gone from New York City to Buffalo by the Erie Canal as it was finished sometime in the 1820s.  They went from Buffalo to Detroit by boat and from Detroit to Flint and Mt. Morris on the plank road that ran from Detroit to Saginaw.  These brothers in law settled on adjoining farms about two miles north and two and a half miles west of Mt. Morris which is six miles north of Flint, on 160 acres of land each.

The Feas toiled on the farm for a few years and had three sons (Charles, William and George), before they returned to England in the Spring of 1840.  Mary Jane Fea was the only child to be born in England as the family returned to the United States in August 1842 and settled near LeRoy, New York, where they bought a farm of 85 acres.

Charles Fea II and Mary Ann Strouts had ten children:

  • Charles Edward Fea (b. 12th September 1837, d. 1st October 1826).  He lived in Kansas.
  • William Fea (b. 14th January 1839, d. 2nd January 1917) who married Lizzie ___. They lives in Ionia, Michigan and had three children
    • Cassie Irene Fea
    • Edith Fea who married ____ Wassnick and had two children.
    • Charles Fea who married Sadie ___.  They had no children.
  • George Fea (b.22nd July 1840, d. 22nd February 1924). He had two daughters:
    • Edna Fea who married ____ Stevens.
    • Mary Fea who married Jim Gallacher and had four children.
  • Mary Jane Fea (b. 6th October 1841, d. 19th December 1898) who married twice.  Her first husband was Jesse Beverley by whom she had two children:
    • William Beverley
    • Wycliff Beverley

    She subsequently married ____ McCann and they had four children:

    • Florence McCaan
    • Inez McCann
    • Mame McCann
    • Harry McCann
  • Elizabeth  Fea (b. 26th January 1843, d. 27th September 1899) married Arthur Hamlin.  The had a son:
    • Arthur Hamlin
  • Sarah Rebecca  Fea (b. 28th December 1845, d. 30th November 1918) married Nelson Raymond and had a large family.
  • Mary Ann Fea (b. 18th January 1849, 8th December 1906 married ____ Weed and had three children:
    • George Weed
    • Bert Weed
    • Ida Weed
  • Felix Fea (b. 2nd May 1851 who died as an infant)
  • Harriet Fea (b. 24th August 1853, d. 6th January 1939)

About 1855, Charles Fea II and Mary Ann Strouts moved back to Jackson County, Michigan where they bought another farm.  They lived there for about ten years and then sold that farm and bought one in Ionia County on 11th May 1865.

Mary died on 19th June 1889 and Charles Fea II on 19th March 1894.

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