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Sarah Marshall Hayden
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Birth: 1825
Shawneetown
Gallatin County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1899
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

She was recognized at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago as Illinois' first woman authoress. Her father was John Marshall, who served in the Illinois Territorial Legislature held in Kaskaskia in 1818. She attend the Sewickley School, a female seminary. She wrote her first novel, Early Engagements when she was sixteen years old. It and its sequel Florence were published in 1854 when she was twenty-nine. Her father, who was a friend of President Abraham Lincoln asked for his help in distributing 50 of the books. He took one home for his wife, Mary Todd, who read half of that evening and read several of its passages aloud to her husband.

She wrote poetry and prose and the works for magazines and newspapers. She used both her own name and the pen name, Mary Frazaer.

Brief Biographies of the Figurines on Display in the Illinois State Historical Library
Mrs. John James Hayden (Sarah Marshall)
Mrs. Sarah Marshall Hayden, youngest of the seven children of Mr. and Mrs. John Marshall was born in Shawneetown, Illinois July 5, 1825. She was educated at Edgewood Seminary, Sewickley near Pittsburgh. On her mother's side she was a descendant of Hannah More, the English poetess.

At the age of sixteen Sarah Marshall wrote a novel which was published thirteen years later and was received with great praise. On April 10, 1843, she was married to John James Hayden at Shawneetown.

Mrs. Hayden was the first woman novelist of Illinois. Early Engagements and its sequel Florence were published in 1854. An old-fashioned love story Mr. Langdon's Mistake was published in 1901 by her husband, but it had been written forty years before. For almost sixty years Mrs. Hayden wrote for magazines and newspapers, poetry as well as prose.

Mrs. Hayden was a club woman, both literary and philanthropic. She was President of the Eistophas (Lead us to the Light) Club, an organization of women authors from all over the nation, who met at Washington, D.C. during the winter each year. She was a member of the Short Story Club and the Unity, a club of Washington of both men and women writers.

On November 19, 1899 Mrs. Hayden died in Washington and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. She was survived by her husband, one son and two daughters. One son was killed in the Civil War, after which she wrote one of her best poems Going Home.

The Washington Post November 21, 1899
Hayden. In this city on Monday, November 20, 1899 after a long and extremely painful illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, Mrs. Sarah Marshall Hayden in the seventy-fifth year of her age, beloved wife of Judge John J. Hayden, who will take her remains to Indianapolis, Indiana for burial in Crown Hill Cemetery beside those of their son, Lieutenant Marshall P. Hayden, Adjutant Fifty-fourth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, killed in battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi during the War of the Rebellion. 
 
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 Spouse:
  John James Hayden (1820 - 1901)*
 
 Children:
  Marshall Pratt Hayden (1844 - 1863)*
  Henry James Hayden (1847 - 1909)*
  Eugenia Bird Hayden (1860 - 1945)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 5, Lot 8. Unmarked burial.
 
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Record added: Oct 30, 2009
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Sarah <i>Marshall</i> Hayden
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