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Sarah Kendrick Best Taylor Dobson
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Sarah K. Dobson (1823 - 1909).........................................Denison Review, May 5, 1909Death of a Crawford PioneerCame to This County in 1852 and Resided Here SinceWidow of Elder Thos. Dobson - Founder of Great Family of Latter Day SaintsEarly County History Recalled by Her Death.(*Two pictures with article - one of Sarah Dobson and one of four generations of Dobson family)Sarah K. Dobson was born Aug. 24, 1823, near Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky and died April 27, 1909, being 85 years, 8 months and 3 days old, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ellen Horr, with whom she has been living the past 12 years. She was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Taylor and a relative of Ex-President Zachary Taylor. The Taylor family is traced back to the thirteenth century...........................................Her mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Patrick, daughter of John and Elizabeth Patrick. She descended from one of three Irish brothers that settled in the east in an early day, two of them went back to Ireland and the one that remained is said to be the father of all the Patricks in America. William and Elizabeth Taylor were the parents of 14 children of whom Mrs. Dobson has only one surviving brother, Green Taylor of Utah..............................................She married Thomas Dobson on October 29, 1843 and to them 10 children were born, two dying in infancy and T. C. Dobson, F. T. Dobson and Sarah A. Newcom known by those residing here with her husband, who died 30 years ago last July, have preceded her to the great beyond.................................................Of those living are 5 daughters, Mrs. J. H. Smith, Clearwater, Neb., Mrs. I. E. Geith, Addy, Washington; Mrs. S. Horr of Deloit, Mrs. S. P. Spence, Garden Grove, Iowa and Mrs. J. S. Myers, Brentwood, Arkansas...............................................After their marriage they resided in Hancock Co., Ill. Until the spring of 1846 they moved to Pottawattamie Co., Iowa and in the fall of 1849 to Union Grove, Harrison Co., Iowa where they lived until the spring of 1852, when they came to Mason's Grove, Crawford Co., Iowa where her husband immediately set about looking up some claims. After locating a claim he built a log cabin which he introduced to his wife and three children, where they lived a true pioneer life of early days, without the many advantages of the women of today, cooking by a fireplace, we understand. She had the pleasure of entertaining all the women in the county to a quilting.. .............................They moved in a frame building in Deloit in the year 1858, where she resided until she came to live with her daughter. Her home was always made welcome to all and she took great pleasure in looking after the comfort of others besides her family. Many homes were visited in time of sickness and their wants administered to the best she could give. She united with the L. D. S. church in her girlhood days and remained a true Christian and neighbor............................................Beside her children, her posterity numbered 64 grandchildren, 88 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren who will ever cherish and revere her sacred memory and the good council and instruction given them. She was very proud of her posterity, the total number being 154 beside those who married into the family. Of this number only one daughter, four grand children, Mrs. A. H. Rudd, Harry Dobson and Eunice Dobson and Beatrice Riggleman and Lemuel Dobson were permitted to be present at her funeral........................................She lived 63 years in the state of Iowa and 57 years at Deloit. About the year 1862 they drove to Des Moines and purchased their first cook stove. Although her husband was away from home a great deal acting as recorder in Denison 6 years and attending to various duties beside missionary work, she attended to family without a murmur and reared her children, always instructing them in the ways of righteousness and truth. Her husband preceded her to the grave 30 years last July....................................Her funeral was held Thursday at 11:00 a.m., the discourse was preached by Elder Charles Derry of Woodbine, Iowa. The pallbearers were: J. G. Myers, S. F. Wedlock, C. W. Winey, John Cose, F. H. Brogden and T. Munsey. Mr. Juddy Bond of Denison in charge, the remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in Deloit cemetery to await the resurrection of the just.
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