|Death: ||Apr. 21, 1866|
Even though Sarah was married, she taught school for a short time as evidenced by her contact dated 6 August 1851 in Pulaski Co. Sarah Jane Gilmore agreed to teach a three months school (twenty-two days in each month) to the best of her ability and qualifications. She would be paid $12 per month. The school would commence on Monday the 11th day of August.
James and Sarah Jane "Jennie" Gilmore moved to Warren Township, Lucas County, Iowa in 1855 along with their young daughter, Elizabeth Gilmore, who was born in 1847, and their infant son, William Gilmore, who was born in 1854. Sarah's younger brother Milton Green McQuary, accompanied his sister and brother-in-law to Iowa; and he, too, owned land there. They broke the prairie, planted crops, and split rails for fences.
Times were hard for this family. Letters written to Sarah's mother in Kentucky told of the cold, drought, poor crops and high prices. They worried about having enough money to make the payments on their land. Their family lived in a rough hut for two years before they could afford to build a house. Their meat hung from the ceiling, and it was cold and drafty. They felt that these living conditions contributed to the death of their young son, William, who was two years old when he died of croup 14 Nov 1856.
When they built their new, little house, Sarah described it as having a wood floor that could not be fastened down since the wood was too green; they had a wood stove for heat but no fireplace. They lived in only one room.
Sorrow once again was felt by the family when their little daughter, Merranda, born 20 Feb 1863 in Lucas county, died 5 Nov 1864.
Sarah became ill after the birth of her last child, Martha, born in 1865, and she died of cancer of the womb in 1866. She and her two children, William and Merranda, are buried in the Murray Cemetery in Lucas County, near her brother, Milton Green McQuary, and their Rash, Barron and Inabnit families from Kentucky.
John McQuary (1793 - 1852)
Miranda McQueary (1797 - 1886)
James Broyles Gilmore (1825 - 1899)
Elizabeth Frances Gilmore Shuck (1847 - 1934)*
Infant Gilmore (1856 - 1856)*
Merranda J. Gilmore (1863 - 1864)*
Martha Ellen Gilmore Broyles (1865 - 1900)*
Maintained by: Deb Townsend
Originally Created by: Skip
Record added: Jan 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46232549