Sarah J Sherman
Sarah J Sherman (14), 1854-1933
1854. Sarah was born on 20 May in Tillsonberg Dereham Twp, Oxford County, Ontario.
1861. Sarah age 6 lived at home.
1865. Sarah was naturalized.
1870. Sarah immigrated to the US.
1870. Sarah age 15 lived at home.
1880. Sarah age 25 lived at home, she had lung trouble.
1881. Sarah age 25 of Watertown Twp, Tuscola County, Michigan shown as heir-in-law in her father's probate.
1882. Sarah was mentioned in her mother's will.
1890. On 8 Jan Sarah bought part of her parents farm, which included a small house, this was the farm house that her parents lived in, and Sarah spent the rest of her life there.
1892. Retta Cameron, Sarah's sister Catherine's daughter, stayed while she taught at the Tripp School for two years, then Retta married George Freeland.
189x. Sarah's small house was very old, never painted, and with only a few small windows. The only heat was the kitchen stove. During the worst winter months Sarah stayed with George and Retta Freeland.
1900. Census of Watertown Twp: Indicated: Sarah age 45, dressmaker, single and lived alone, owned home free of debt, she could read, write and speak English, naturalization state was blank.
1902. Sarah's 30 acres was owned by E Boyce, although it is believed that she still lived in the house.
1910. Census of Watertown Twp: Indicated: Sarah age 54, occupation none, single and lived alone, owned home free of debt, she could read, write and speak English.
192x. Sarah's 30 acres was owned by C Jacobs, although it is believed that she still lived in the house.
1920. Census of Watertown Twp: Indicated: Sarah age 63, occupation none, single and lived alone, immigrated 1860, naturalized 1865.
1933. On 17 July she broke her hip at home, and was taken to the Mayville hospital. Her vitality was so low she could not overcome the shock and died on 22 July. Funeral services at Methodist Episcopal Church in Mayville and is buried in Watertown Cemetery. It is believed that she was buried in an unmarked grave in her parent's lot.
1955. There was no sign of Sarah's house or its location, from ariel photos.
1965-73. Property owned by C Miller, his son Arman recalls while working the fields in the 1960s and 1970s that one small area produced poorer crops, was full of weeds and bees, this is believed to be the location where the house was.
Note (1) Recorded memories of Sarh indicated she had a temperament best described "as one of negative persuasion most of the time."
Note (2) Ward Freeland stated "Aunt Sarah was what is called an unclaimed treasure." Although this is not what Ward's father thought.
Note (3) Many relatives helped Sarah and most reported she never thanked them. Alonzo J Sherman had always taken care of her, and he instructed his son Grant David Sherman to do the same. Sarah was only 3 years older than Alonzo, and it appeared he regarded her more as a sister than his aunt.
Note (4) She was always well dressed, but fussed if any children got to close to her.