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Sarah Ann Galbraith McFarland
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Birth: Feb. 19, 1870
Death: Jul. 24, 1966
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA

The Titusville Herald
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1960

Daughter of Pioneer Family Will Mark 90th Birthday; Mother of Local Woman

(Editor's Note: The following article apeared in Monday's Franklin News-Herald. It is of interest here because Mrs. McFarland has been a frequent visitor to Titusville and has a daughter, Mrs. Robert L. Shambaugh, living in the city.)

A three-pound premature baby the doctors were ready to give up will celebrate her 90th birthday anniversary this week.

The remarkable woman is Mrs. James McFarland and she has lived for the past 68 years in a comfortable rural dwelling along Route 322, west of Franklin, a short distance from Lupher Chapel Methodist Church.

The home will be the scene of an open house affair this Friday in honor of Mrs. McFarland's birthday. Friends and neighbors are being invited to join with relatives from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on that day to offer congratulations and pay tribute to a grand old lady.

Known as "Annie" or "Grandma" to her many friends, Mrs. McFarland is in excellent health, bright and alert of mind, and enjoys nothing more than "a good visit" with those who drop in to see her.

Rebel by Birth

"I'm a rebel by birth," Annie asserts, "but my father fought for the North in the Civil War," she quickly adds.

She was born in Tennessee, near Nashville, Feb. 19, 1870, the daughter of George H. and Maggie Dunn Galbraith.

Her father came back from the war with the idea, like many returning soldiers, that there were fortunes to be made in the south.

The Galbraiths joined with four other rural families in the Franklin area who sold their farms and went to Tennessee "to get rich."

"They got poor instead," Annie recalls. "Some couldn't get enough money to come back and my folks had to borrow the money to come home. I was all they had to show for the trip," she added with a grin.

Her father bought a 100-acre farm in Tennessee and set out to "show the southerners how to raise corn." He got a beautiful crop the first year, but failed to cope with the local insect there called a "tumble bug."

"It stung the corn and ruined it just after it got in the silk," Mrs. McFarland explained. "That was the end of the corn crop and the beginning of the end for the Tennessee experiment."

Was Fed Catnip Tea

Annie came into the world a three-pound premature baby with little chance to live.

"They laid me on a pillow and fed me catnip tea," she stated. It was three weeks before the baby or the mother were given a chance to survive.

The Galbraiths returned to Pennysylvania in the early 1870's and settled at what was then known as Sugarcreek Station. Mr. Galbraith had the first postoffice there.

The family kept title to the 100 acre Tennessee farm until 1882 when it was finally sold for $100.

Annie went to the first term of school taught in the small wooden Rocky Grove school house. Her teacher was Jennie Bradin. She also attended rural schools at Galloway, Sugarcreek Station, and Keeley's Corners.

She had seven brothers and sisters. Only she had her sister, Mrs. Bertha Beggs, of 735 Liberty Street, survive.

Annie was united in marriage with John V. Boughner on Sept. 10, 1890, in Franklin. Rev Mossgrove DeWoody, a Presbyterian minister, performed the ceremony.

"I had 20 yards of muslin in my wedding dress," Annie recalls.

The couple spent a year at the home of Mr. Boughner's parents, a winter at Sugarcreek Station, and then moved to the home where Annie has resided since.

Mr. Boughner, a butcher by trade, peddled meat door to door in the Franklin area and was associated for many years with Jim Forringer, who operated a meat market on Thirteenth Street.

Couple had 12 children

The Boughners had 12 children, six of whom survive. Those living are Tom Boughner, Canal Township; Mrs. Ray V. (Daisy) Mitchell, Polk, RD; Harry Boughner, Utica; Mrs. John J. (Mary) Ewing Sr., Polk, RD1; Mrs. Robert L. (Pearl) Shambaugh of Titusville; and Frank Boughner, who makes his home with his mother.

A large family meant lots of work and Annie was equal to the task. "Many a time I baked 10 to 12 loaves of bread for my family, and it was real bread," she added.

The old Lupher School was located on the adjoining property and water for the school was secured from the Boughner well.

In spite of her large family, Annie found time for church work and was always "on call" when illness or death struck the home of a relative or neighbor.

Active in Church

She served 25 years as a president of the Ladies Aid Society of the Lupher Church. She has been active in church work most of her life until recent years, but still attends occasionally.

Mr. Boughner died Nov. 5, 1918 and in November of 1926, Annie was united in marriage with James McFarland. Mr. McFarland died Sept. 3, 1935.

Her parents are buried in Franklin and her grandfather, Robert Galbraith, a veteran of the War of 1812 is interred in the old Franklin Pioneer cemetery.

I have grandchildren and great-grandchildren galore," Annie says. By last count, she had 22 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

She attributes her longevity to "hard work and an enjoyment of life," plus a healthy appetite.

"I'm always ready for three meals and the last one is generally bread, milk and onions," she asserts.

"I haven't been to a doctor in seven years," Annie says proudly announced. "I take vitamins!"

The daughter of one of Venango County's pioneer families looks forward to meeting friends and neighbors who will visit her on Friday.

(Courtesy of Pamela Myers-Grewell) 
Family links: 
  Sarah Galbreath (1796 - 1884)
  John Vincent Boughner (1863 - 1918)
  Frank C Boughner (1891 - 1982)*
  Mack George Boughner (1893 - 1948)*
  Mary Alwilda Boughner Ewing (1897 - 1969)*
  Thomas Wyatt Boughner (1900 - 1985)*
  Daisy Mae Boughner Mitchell (1902 - 1967)*
  Chester Boughner (1904 - 1912)*
  Harry Lester Boughner (1907 - 1979)*
  Harriet Boughner (1907 - 1907)*
  Ethel J Boughner (1909 - 1912)*
*Calculated relationship
Lupher Chapel Cemetery
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: May 27, 2009
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Married John Vincent Boughner on September 10, 1890
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 Added: May. 27, 2009

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