The William Bivens that married Catherine Wells in Owen County and later moved to McLean County IL was born in Ky as well.
I received this obit among other items from someone in Owen County IL
â€œMargaret Catherine Barns was born near Spencer, Owen Co. Ind., March 23, 1836 and died at her home in Dallas county, Iowa Feb. 21, 1904, age 67 years, 10 months, and 28 days. At the age of 18, she went with her Uncle to McClain (sic) County, Illinois, where on Jan 2nd 1857 she was united in marriage to Mr. H.W. Hann. In the spring of 1864, she moved with her husband and three children to Chickasaw county, Iowaâ€¦â€
Barnes was Catherine Wells' mother's maiden name. Maybe your Owen County Bivens family were cousins to mine or some other relationship. It is almost impossible that they were not related at all.
I found the following obit at the Lexington Genealogy and Historical Society in Lexinton, McLean County, IL
TAKEN FROM THE LEXINGTON UNION NEWSPAPER OF FEB. 8, 1902
PASSING OF A PIONEER SETTLER
Friday, January 31, 1902 at her late residence north - west of Lexington, occurred the death of Mrs Catherine Knick, in the 75th year of her age. Her maiden name was Catherine Wells.
The deceased was born in Taylor County, West Virginia on December 10th 1827. She was united in marriage to William Bivens at Spencer, Owen County, Indiana who preceded her to the unknown land more than 40 years ago, leaving to her care their five little children, two of whom have preceded their mother.
She was, some years later, married to James Knick. To this union was born one child. Mrs. Knick was an exemplary Christian woman, ever ready when in health, to respond to all calls for assistance. No matter how poor or humble the one in distress might be she gave a helping hand cheerfully, believing it was a Christian duty. No one ever appealed to her in vain. The stranger was made welcome in her home and never turned away. The cup of water in his name was never withheld. She was never of robust constitution and for years had been an invalid seldom leaving her home. Kind friends and physicians did all they could to relieve her suffering, which in her last days was severe in the extreme.
The children surviving her are Mrs. M.G. Hays of Ansley, Nebraska; Mrs. Azor Dawson of Chicago; Thomas Bivens of Fairbury; and Isaac Knick of this city. To the last named son fell the entire care of his mother for many years past. Mrs. Knick will be much missed in the neighborhood where she had resided 50 years or more.
I also have the obit of Catherine Wells sister Martha Wells Wood that supports this information and gives even more, as she was also raised and married in Owen County, IN.
There has to be some kind of connection.