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Sarah Eastman Shipman
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Birth: 1774
Death: Oct. 27, 1842
Monroe County
New York, USA

This stone is a cenotaph - she is buried in Rochester, NY as it states in the below bio. Her actual grave is # 41361585.

Daniel and family were among the earliest settlers of Pitcher, N. Y. Around 1803 they made the journey from Conn. via N. J. and Pa. by wagon, the cows, extra horses, etc. being driven by the older boys on foot, with the smaller children and the mother riding on a feather bed in the wagon. They stopped at taverns or friendly farm houses for the nights, cooked their own meals and made their own tea. A few times they were obliged to camp in the open. Daniel and Sarah made at least two trips to Conn. to visit relatives in much the same manner as they emigrated.

Daniel was killed in 1820 in the prime of life by a great timber as he was assisting in the building of a Congregational church. After his death, the mother Sarah raised the large family on the farm "without any assistance."

Daniel married ca 1797 to Sarah Eastman (b ca 1774 - d Oct. 27, 1842 at Rochester, N. Y.; buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N. Y.; there is a stone to her memory on the Evans lot at Fayetteville, N. Y.) Sarah is the daughter of Dr. Azariah Eastman, an eminent physician and said to be a lineal descendant of the Franklins and a relative of the Statesman Benjamin Franklin. When a young girl, Sarah one day caught a young colt and mounted it bare-back; the wild creature ran furiously about the field but could not throw Sarah. She was very small and slight but "of a most beautiful shape." Another time, when only 15 years old, Sarah was told that she must assist in the amputation of the leg of a hired man. As in those days the only assistance to patients was liquor, Sarah gave the man tablespoons of rum and bathed his head until it was over, never flinching.

(B) Parson Genet Shipman, M.D. (b Apr. 18, 1799 - d Jan. 13, 1871)
(B) Azariah Booth Shipman, M.D. (b Mar. 22, 1803 - d Sept. 15, 1868)
(B) Eleanor Weller Shipman Evans (b 1807 - d Dec. 22, 1876)
(B) John Orville Shipman, M.D. (d 1866)
(B) Daniel Madison Shipman, M.D.
(B) Joseph Avery Shipman, M.D. (b 1812 - d Mar. 6, 1885)
(B) Sarah Amarilla Shipman Wallace (b Dec. 15, 1813 - d May 10, 1863)


(A) Rev. Daniel Shipman (b ca 1773 - d Nov. 3, 1820) The country around Pitcher still contained many Indians who would not go to the reservations. They used to come to the Shipman farm, especially in winter, entering the home after the family had retired. They would lay down before the fire in the kitchen, and go away in the morning seldom taking anything, but grateful for a piece of bread. Sarah said she was afraid of them, but knew she was safe with all her boys.

Sarah Eastman Shipman was a strict economist. When the boys were old enough to attend the 4th of July celebrations, etc. in the village, she would give them "a shilling to spend and a half dollar to show up on, but don't spend a cent of it." The boys did as they were told. The Shipman boys were the terror of their neighborhood with their jokes. Azariah, who became the most famous surgeon, at one time kept the whole neighborhood in a state of excitement by impersonating a "wild woman." He would appear along the roadside with a wig made of horse hair, tattered clothing, etc. and then disappear. He eve.'l led a hunt for the woman. Another time the boys sent up a kite with a lighted lantern, fed rumors about the strange light, and wrote an article for the local newspaper about it. Their fireside circle at night was a large and lively one.

Reference: Chenango Co. History
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  Daniel Shipman (1773 - 1820)*
  Azariah Booth Shipman (1803 - 1868)*
  Eleanor Weller Shipman Evans (1807 - 1876)*
  Joseph Avery Shipman (1812 - 1886)*
*Calculated relationship
Fayetteville Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Created by: Tom C.
Record added: Jun 16, 2011
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Sarah <i>Eastman</i> Shipman
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