|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1890|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1978|
Written by Lucille Belle Peterson. Wife of Leo Myron Conder and sent to Pat Major Miller.
Sarah Jane Rippy Conder Gribble was born August 2, 1890 in Blackburg County, North Carolina to Jacob Craig Rippy and Charlsey Ann Wright Rippy. Jacob had something to do with the railroad and had his own private car. He and Charlsey Ann were gone a lot leaving Sarah and her three sisters Carrie and Eliza and Rose, her three brothers, John, Jim and Bluford with their "Mammy" who was a free slave. They lived on a big plantation which Jacob had inherited from his father. They weren't rich and Sarah went to work in a button factory when she was seven years old. Her sisters were older and worked there also. Sarah sorted buttons and packaged them for shipping.
When Sarah was 10 or 11 her father decided to go out west. He sold his place and put his family on a train and came to Colorado.
Later they moved to Cedar Hill, New Mexico where Sarah met Martin Conder. They were married when she was 17 years old. They had 6 children, Leo Myron, Parley Marion (Dutch), Nellie Marie, Catherine Merle, Melvin Kennedy and David Robert.
After the last baby was born in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, in 1921 Martin became ill. He had spent summers in Pagosa and winters in Aztec, New Mexico. The doctors couldn't find what was wrong with Martin. Sarah sold (or gave away their small farm near Aztec and traveled around from place to place seeking a doctor who could help Martin. She took him to a Mayo Clinic which didn't help and on July 5th 1922 he was back in Aztec at his mother's home where he died.
Sarah packed up her few belongings and kids and in a covered wagon moved back to Pagosa, she worked at a hotel making beds by day and working at the desk at night leaving her smaller children with the older ones while she worked. At one time she took over management of a small hotel which housed 3 insane people for her to care for. The kids would all hide behind the kitchen stove when they came in to eat. They didn't like kids and would try to find them.
Sarah married Henry Gribble in 1929 and they had two more children. Henry had two boys by his first wife making ten children in all.
They moved to Dulce, New Mexico on the Jiculla (sp) Apache Indian reservation. In 1940 they moved to Rye, Colorado where Henry worked at Ashley's sawmill. Later he became Marshal of the little town. After Henry died Sarah lived alone until she broke her hip. Finally she went to a nursing home in Pueblo. She died 22 Dec. 1978.
Jacob Craig Rippy (1854 - 1938)
Charlsey Ann Wright Rippy (1861 - 1931)
Martin Lemuel Conder (1885 - 1922)
Leo Myron Conder (1909 - 1975)*
Parley Marion Conder (1910 - 1974)*
Melvin Kennedy Conder (1918 - 1944)*
Carrie Ellen Rippy Speelman (1883 - 1949)*
Eliza Mettie Rippy Speelman (1885 - 1961)*
Sarah Jane Rippy Conder Gribble (1890 - 1978)
Willie Rosalie Rippy Dufur (1892 - 1976)*
John David Rippy (1895 - 1970)*
Beuford Lloyd Rippy (1898 - 1965)*
James Joseph Rippy (1901 - 1962)*
Created by: Pat Miller
Record added: Sep 15, 2009
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