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Susan McLaughlin (#47535183)
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Cathy Porter-Maynard
Your Grandmother:
Hello, Susan,
I want you to know that I consider to be an *honor* to add the beautiful memorial that you created for your grandmother, Sarah Matilda (Watson) Ellis, to my Porter family tree.

Thank-you, Susan, for carrying on the wonderful tradition in your family, of "holding" the stories and rich history of your ancestors, for the many descendants to treasure, now and in the future.
Peace & blessings,
Added by Cathy Porter-Maynard on Feb 10, 2016 6:46 PM
Cathy Porter-Maynard
Sarah Matilda (Watson) Ellis. Find A Grave Memorial# 109569742
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NAME: Sarah Matilda (Watson) Ellis.
BIRTH: Sep. 30, 1856; Adair County, Kentucky, USA.
DEATH: Dec. 16, 1892; Nathrop, Chaffee County, Colorado, USA.
Sarah Matilda Watson was the daughter of William Watson, blacksmith, in Adair County, Kentucky and his wife Sarah Smith.
William H. and Sarah Matilda Ellis traveled out of Adair Co. after the Civil War. Their trek was long, far and arduous, first to Indian Territory, then on to Territorial Colorado. They had five, possibly six children.
Sarah is buried in Nathrop,Chaffee County, Colorado located in on the Arkansas River. This area has many hot springs which were originally used for consumption patients. It is believed that her husband, William, brought her to Colorado for this reason. She is buried in Centerville Cemetery alongside one child, 'Robert' of about eight years old. Both the child and mother Sarah died of consumption. I believe this is not the correct name of the child, as her son, Robert, is found later in partnership on a ranch that was founded during the Land Rush, in Kay County, Oklahoma.
Children are: John, born Adair, KY; Myrtle, born Kansas; Robert, born Indian Territory (AK); Unknown child, born Indian Territory, daughter Jesse, born Indian Territory (OK); Marcus, born Ringo, Indian Territory, OK.
As yet unverified family stories place them in Indian Territory with William H. Ellis being an Indian Agent on the Cherokee Nation.
In about 1910 William Watson paid in full for a Homestead in Chaffee County, Colorado. Though listed as a miner on many of the census, I believe it was to pay off the land, which may have been passed down to children Jesse and Marcus.
Her name was always spoken with this phrase, "Sarah Matilda Watson of Adair County, Kentucky". Without this respectful statement, I might never have found my family roots in Adair.
So, "Sarah Matilda Watson, of Adair County, Kentucky", I nod in respect to my Great Grandmother, one of the pioneers of Colorado." ... SOURCE: Susan McLaughlin. Find A Grave Memorial# 109569742

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Added by Cathy Porter-Maynard on Feb 10, 2016 6:38 PM

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