Oct. 10, 1774 Concord Merrimack County New Hampshire, USA
Dec. 2, 1852 Concord Merrimack County New Hampshire, USA
Philanthropist. Sarah Thompson, better known as The Countess of Rumford, is said to be the first American to hold the title of Countess. She was the granddaughter of Reverend Timothy Walker, the founder of the City of Concord, New Hampshire. Sarah was the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier, politician, and well-known scientist, Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. Sarah established the Rolfe and Rumford Asylums in Concord, New Hampshire, providing assistance to motherless girls. In 1984, the United Way in New Hampshire founded the Rumford Society in honor of the charitable donations given by The Countess for needy children, widows, and the mentally ill.
Inscription: Side 1: In memory of Countess Sarah Rumford. Only daughter of Count Rumford and grand daughter of Rev. Timothy Walker, the first, settled minister of Concord. Side 2: As the Founder of the Rolfe and Rumford Asylum and Patroness of other institutions of a kindred character: She manifested a deep sympathy with the afflicted and a commendable regard for the poor. Side 3: Having passed a large portion of her life in Europe, she returned near its close, to her family mansion in this City, where she was born October 10, 1774, and where she died December 2, 1852.