Sarah was the first of three children born to Frank Dawes (1814-1850) and Elizabeth Bouraf (1817-1899), who married on 5 Nov 1839 in Marshall Co., Indiana. Her younger siblings were John Frank (1843-1863), and Charles (1847-1870). Sarah, aged 9, first appeared with her family on the 1850 Census, living in Marshall County. Her father Frank had died earlier that year on 6 Apr 1850 at age 36. To help make ends meet, Sarah's mother Elizabeth had taken in two lodgers--25-year-old Joseph Wade, a tailor, and 29-year-old John Hawley, a clerk.
On 17 Nov 1859, Sarah, aged 18, married Ira P. Sands (b. N.Y.) They settled in Necedah, Juneau, Wisconsin. In 1860, they welcomed son Edward P. The three of them appeared together on the 1860 Census, living in Necedah where Ira was earning a living as a farmer. Sarah's brother Frank had also moved to Necedah. He was a lodger in a hotel and was working as a laborer, perhaps on his brother-in-law's farm.
The Civil War was not kind to Sarah Sands. On 4 Jul 1863, Sarah's brother Frank was killed in action during the Siege of Port Hudson in Louisiana. He was only nineteen years old.
Sarah's husband Ira had also enlisted on 1 Dec 1861 as a Corporal for the Union Army in Co. E Wisconsin 16th Infantry Regiment. He was quickly promoted to full Sergeant.
(From Wikipedia) "The Battle of Marietta was a series of military operations from June 9 through July 3, 1864, in Cobb County, Georgia, between Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The Union forces, led by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, encountered the Confederate Army of Tennessee, led by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, entrenched near Marietta, Georgia. Several engagements were fought during this four-week period, including the battles of Pine Mountain (June 14), Gilgal Church (June 15), Kolb's Farm (June 22), and Kennesaw Mountain (June 27). Sherman forced Johnston to withdraw partially on June 18 to protect his supply lines, but the Union forces were not fully victorious until July 3."
Ira was wounded during this campaign and died as a result of his wounds on 18 Sep 1864. Sarah applied for a widow's pension on 3 Apr 1865.
I couldn't find Sarah on either the 1870 or the 1880 Census records, but her son Eddie was living with his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Dawes in Plymouth, Indiana in 1870 and 1880. In 1880, (enumerated under "Edgar"), he was working as a telephone operator.
(Note: In 1870, because the enumerator recorded their surname as "Daws" instead of "Dawes", the record didn't show up on Ancestry.com for some reason. It did however on Family Search.)
Sarah's mother died in 1899 at age 82.
Sarah eventually remarried. I could not find the record, but her headstone indicates her husband's surname was Mabry. She was widowed again by the 1900 Census, where she popped back up in Center Twp. (part of Plymouth), Marshall, Indiana. She was 59 by then, and had 7-year-old granddaughter Hazel Sands in her care. Hazel must have been Edward's daughter with wife Emma Jenette Smith, whom he married in September of 1882 in Mooney's Mills, Barron, Wisconsin.
Sarah was still in the Plymouth area in 1910. Granddaughter Hazel, aged 16, was still under her roof. There was also a lodger named Cassie Engle living with them.
Sarah died a year before the next enumeration in 1919 at age 78.
Frank Dawes (1814 - 1850)
Elizabeth Bouraf Dawes (1817 - 1899)
Sarah Elizabeth Dawes Sands Mabry (1841 - 1919)
John Frank Dawes (1843 - 1863)*
Charles Dawes (1847 - 1870)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Plot: New Plot
Created by: Kim White
Record added: Jul 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 113419339
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