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Sarah Jane "Jennie" McMillan Ferris
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1834
Madison County
New York, USA
Death: May 24, 1895
Spink County
South Dakota, USA

First husband was Nathan M. Richardson (4 June 1818 - 12 December 1849). They were married 12 October 1848 in Cortland, DeKalb, IL. Nathan died of typhoid fever somewhere outside Sacramento, CA, on a gold rush trail.

Second husband was Elias Kattel Ferris (5 Aug 1828 - 19 Jun 1899).

Obituary, The Doland Times Record, Doland, SD, 31 May 1895, p. 5:
Died: Mrs. Sarah Jane Ferris, last Friday morning at the family residence north east of Doland, of pneumonia, after an illness of only a few days. Mrs. Ferris (McMillan) was born in Madison County, New York, March 2, 1834. In 1853 she was united by marriage to Elias K. Ferris at Sicamore, Illinois. The family moved to Fillmore County, Minnesota in 1855 where they remained sixteen years. From Minnesota they moved to Cresco, Iowa where they remained until 1883 at which time they came to South Dakota and settled on their homestead five miles north east of Doland where they have lived ever since. She was a loving wife, a most devoted mother, a kind and generous neighbor and an exemplary Christian woman. Before she was twenty years of age she made a profession of religion, and joined the Baptist church, of which she remained a consistent member until she died. Hers was a lifelong struggle against hardships. During the Civil War while her husband was at the front helping to defend his country's flag, she was at home heroically maintaining their family of six small children together with an invalid mother and grandmother. She always cultivated a cheerful disposition. Her courage never failed. Her star of hope never set. Whatever her own burdens were she always had a kind and encouraging word for others. She seemed to live not for herself but for others . When fortune frowned she bravely smiled. When disaster or disappointment came she met it with a brave heart, steadfastly believing that all things work together for good to them that love God, she rose superior to all the trials of life. Having made her peace with God she thought not of herself even in her dying moments but expressed a deep solicitude for those she was about to leave and while fully prepared to go would gladly have remained with her loved ones a while longer to minister to their wants. Her dying testimony was a beautiful one. "I know where I am going," said she. "It is all right between me and my maker." As her pastor, the writer always found her kind and generous, solicitous for his welfare and for the welfare of zion and her hearty greetings will be sadly missed by him.
The funeral services were held at the church last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The attendance was one of the largest ever known in the history of the church abundantly attesting Mrs. Ferris' popularity and her wide circle of friends. The services were conducted conjointly by the writer and Rev. Cresay, pastor of the Baptist church at Condee. The latter gentleman delivered an impressive sermon and the choir and the male quartet furnished appropriate music. The remains were interred at the cemetery at Frankfort.

A Card Of Thanks
To the many dear neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the last sad hours of the sickness and death of our precious wife and mother we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks. Nothing was left undone that sympathetic hearts and hands could find would lighten our great grief. May the dear God who doth not willingly afflict his children be ever near to them as he was to the dear ones the going out of whose light is like the setting of a great sun to us all.
Elias K. Ferris and family

Twice-a-Week Plain Dealer
June 21, 1895
Page 1, column 6

FERRIS - On Friday morning, May 24, 1895, at the family residence near Doland, of acute pneumonia, Mrs. Sarah Jane Ferris, wife of deacon Elias K. Ferris.
Mrs. Ferris (McMillan) was born in Madison county, New York, March 2nd, 1834. In 1853 she was united in marriage to Elias K. Ferris at Sycamore, Ill. In 1853 they moved to Fillmore county, Minn., residing there 16 years, removing thence to Cresco, Iowa, where they remained until 1883, when they moved to Doland, S. Dak. Sister Ferris was a woman of great force of character. Firmness, self-reliance and rare executive ability were coupled with a loving winsome, Christ like spirit, and it may be truly said of her "she never made an enemy, she never lost a friend." She became a Christian while yet in her teens and soon became an earnest and faithful worker in church and Sunday school. During the war while her husband was at the front, with the fidelity and true heroism of a soldier's wife she maintained the family consisting of six small children, an invalid mother and grandmother. Her last illness was short, only lasting a few days. Her spirit was calm and unclouded. When nearing the end she said: "I know where I am going. It is all right between me and my Lord." On her coffin were beautiful Easter lillies and other flowers sent by loving friends from the dear old home at Cresco, Iowa.
--Conde, S. Dak., News.
The following lines were written by her pastor.

Brave sweet spirit rest,
By all who knew thee blest!
And in the coming time so bright,
When life's golden sheaf is filled with sunset light
Mellow halo of the dim and mighty years,
We come with faltering steps, eyes dimmed with tears.
Thy love mother dear still our dearest earthly prize,
We'll heed thy latest wish to meet thee in the skies.

Thy memory ever green,
We'll long to hear the voice unheard,
To see the face unseen.
Our love more fragrant with the weight of years,
Our hearts less heavy for the falling tears.
Sweet incense shall ever rise
From altar of our hearts to thee within the skies,
To all earth's idols distance lent enchantment to the view,
But through the storm of years came one heart true.

Like fabled knight of old,
White as drifted snow, pure and good as gold.
This life's deepest truest test,
Loved most by those who knew thee best.
Family links: 
  James Enos McMillan (1798 - 1881)
  Betsey Haswell McMillan (1797 - 1883)
  Margaret Elizabeth McMillan Jackson (1829 - 1907)*
  Arthur Charles McMillan (1831 - 1907)*
  Sarah Jane McMillan Ferris (1834 - 1895)
  Betsy Cornelia McMillan Barnes (1837 - 1914)*
  Eva Amanda McMillan Rucker (1843 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Frankfort Cemetery
Spink County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Chris Carlson
Record added: Feb 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48925413
Sarah Jane Jennie <i>McMillan</i> Ferris
Added by: Chris Carlson
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Aunt Sarah, Rest in Peace. My 2nd Great Grand Aunt.
- Wayne, Donna, Tonee, Terrence
 Added: Nov. 22, 2012
You sound like such a lovely strong woman. Thank you for the legacy. Rest in peace, Jennie.
- Chris Carlson
 Added: Mar. 1, 2010

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