This picture of
George Washington Heifner and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Cooley,
has been redone. It was taken from a charcoal drawing and redone by a
Heifner cousin, Leland Heifner, son of Bob Heifner, here in Topeka.
Bob and Leland descend from George Washington's older brother, John
They are both buried in Darksville Baptist Church Cemetery at Huntsville,
Mo.(Randolph County, Mo.)
George Washington and John are sons of Bartholomew Heifner that came to Mo. in the early 1800s from Shelby County, Indiana. Bartholomew was a son of Conrad Heifner, younger son of Albertus.
The picture was given to me by Arnold Day of Macon County, Mo. now deceased. He was my father's brother. Their mother was Hattie Gipson Day, and her mother was Levy Jane Heifner Gipson, daughter of George Washington Heifner, who are my gg grandparents.
The story I find on the internet says that Sarah Elizabeth Heifner was a Captain of the Confederate Army under General Price during the Civil War. It must have been a family secret because we did not know it and I cannot find anything factual to confirm it. The story in the family has been that her first husband was killed by bushwhackers. I do not know his name but know that there were at least two children from that marriage as we knew a few of those descendants.
I do know that one of Sarah Elizabeth Cooley's brothers was in Confederate prison and died there.
Her father, William and brother Joseph were also in Confederate prison in Alton, Ill. and both returned home after the war.