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Sarah Ann White Grigsby

  • Birth Aug 1835 Adams County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 21 Nov 1902 San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Burial Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Section B-Row 1. Next to 2nd husband
  • Memorial ID 14348086

Coatsburg, Illinois, Nov. 27— Word comes from San Jose. Cal., of the death of Mrs. John Grigsby, an old settler in this vicinity, and for a long time a resident of our town. Her death took place in that town on Friday morning, the 21st inst. Telegrams from Hutchinson, Kan., announced that her remains will be interred in the Coatsburg cemetery beside those of her two children who are buried there. Mrs. Grigsby's maiden name was White, daughter of Thomas White, Sr.. one of the very earliest settlers of Honey Creek township, and was well known and well respected all over this part of the county. Mrs. Grigsby's first husband was a man by the name of Alvan Murrah, by whom she had two children, both girls, the eldest Elida died 18 years ago. The other Adella, has always remained with her mother. Thirty-three years ago Mrs. Murrah married John Grigsby, who is well known to nearly all old settlers of the county, with whom she has lived ever since. By her last husband she had three children, two daughters and a son—Grace, Viola and John Jr. Viola died in infancy and Grace and John were with their parents in California. She also leaves two brothers. James M., of Honey Creek,and Thomas C. of Wheeling, Mo. but now in Texas on a visit and one sister, Mrs. Eben Crouch, of Hamilton, Ill., Mrs. Grigsby was never of robust physique, and in the fall of 1897 they went to California to try the effects of that climate on her health. For a time she seemed to improve, but as long as two years ago symptoms of senile degeneration of the brain began to be observed, which ran its course rather more rapidly than usual and reached the inevitable result as above stated on Friday morning. Mrs. Grigsby was about 68 years old, and never knew an enemy. Her friends and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.

The Quincy Daily Herald, Thursday, November 27, 1902; Page: 5


Daughter of Thomas and Nancy. Wife of Alvin F Murrah, and mother of 2 children, Elida was born in 1859, and Adella was born in 1862, both in Adams County, Illinois.

She married John L. Grigsby on July 20, 1869 in Adams County, Illinois and they had 3 children together, Viola, John, and Grace.


From Vol. I. Chapter XXI. Centennial celebrations and histories, Quincy and Adams County History:

Sarah A. married Alvin Murrah to whom were born two daughters, Elida and Adella. After the death of Mr. Murrah she married to John Grigsby, to whom were born three children, Viola, Grace, and John L. Viola died in infancy, Grace lives in San Jose, California, and John L. adjoining the Village of Coatsburg.


Update: Thank you Downing for letting me know she IS here and for the obituary!!

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  • Added: 21 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14348086
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Ann White Grigsby (Aug 1835–21 Nov 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14348086, citing Gray Cemetery, Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sherry (contributor 46585091) .