|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1840|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 3, 1900|
West Virginia, USA
Obit from THE WESTERN VETERAN (a publication of the Woman's Relief Corps, Missouri; dated sometime after her death; p. 18)
The announcement of the death of Mrs. Sarah J. Martin, past national president of the Woman's Relief Corps and the wife of Past Department Commander, George W. Martin, of Brookfield, Missouri, came as a great surprise and shock to the thousands of sisters and comrades who have had the honor and rare pleasure of her acquaintance and friendship. Her life has been one of intelligent and generous activity to the fullest extent. Her heart and hand were ever open to the cry of the needy and distressed, and her genial sympathy carried sunshine and good cheer to all who came within the circle of her influence.
Sarah J. Martin, nee Wilson, was born in Wheeling, W. Va., March 21, 1840. She received her education in the Wheeling Female Seminary, one of the best schools of that day, from which she graduated. She was married to George W. Martin, October 24, 1865, and a month later settled with him at Brookfield, which was her home until the day of her death.
By nature and education she was endowed with rare qualities of taste and refinement, as well as a strength of character, which makes her the presiding genius of an ideal home. When. O. H. Woods Corps No. 5 was organized at Brookfield, she was a charter member and became its first conductor. She served two terms as corps president and six as treasurer. She was elected department president at Mexico in 1886, and unanimously re-elected at Springfield in 1887. She was appointed department counselor in 1889, but resigned to take the place of instituting and installing officer, believing she could be of more service to the order in the latter office. She was department counselor in 189 and in 1895, was president of the board of directors of the W.R.C. Soldiers' Home at St. James, and was a member of the board when that institution was turned over to the state.
She was elected, in 1888, a member of the national executive board, W.R.C., and at Buffalo in 1897, was elected national president, serving with great credit and distinction.
At Cincinnati in 1898, she was further honored by being elected a member of the W.R.C. Home board, which position she held at the time of her death. While in the discharge of her duties in attendance upon a meeting of this board at the home at Madison she contracted a cold which developed into pneumonia, from which she died April 3, 1900, at the home of her brother, W.A. Wilson in her native city of Wheeling, W. Va. So lived and died a noble woman, who loved her home and her country and who was devoted to the noble order of loyal women, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. Her death has cast a shade of sorrow upon many a heart. The heart-felt sympathy of a host of comrades goes out to Comrade Martin in his overwhelming sorrow, in the loss of one who has so long shared with him his triumphs and defeats—one who is so aptly described in the last chapter of Proverbs—"Her price was far above rubies." Her noble character is worthy the emulation of all and her beloved memory will be cherished in the hearts of a great host of men and women whose lives have been made better by coming within the charmed circle of her influence.
William Penn Wilson (1800 - 1873)
Sarah Pannell Wilson (1803 - 1873)
George Washington Martin (1838 - 1921)
Georgie Pannell Martin Shepherd (1867 - 1948)*
William Wilson Martin (1869 - 1922)*
Charles Henry Martin (1871 - 1948)*
George P. Wilson (1834 - 1861)*
Samuel J. Wilson (1837 - 1848)*
Alexander Wilson (1838 - 1839)*
Sarah Jane Wilson Martin (1840 - 1900)
William Alexander Wilson (1842 - 1920)*
Charles H. Wilson (1844 - 1871)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 28 Lot 18 Site 01
Maintained by: Cheryl Sigsbee
Originally Created by: DKOWN
Record added: Nov 09, 2011
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