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 Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” <I>Gordon</I> Newcomb

Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Gordon Newcomb

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 13 Feb 1917 (aged 77)
Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Burial Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Plot Range G, Lot 5
Memorial ID 51282697 · View Source
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Life of Mrs. Sarah Newcomb

Was Born in New York City, March 15th, 1839, and passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 1917.

Mrs. Sarah Gordon Newcomb was born in New York City, March 15th, 1839, and passed away from her late home Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 1917.

When a year and a half old Mrs. Newcomb's parents moved to Illinois. "This being before the days of modern travel the "Gordon family" came as far as Quincy by boat, then by wagon to what is now known as the old Edwin Gordon place two and one-half miles south of Pulaski. Here her childhood was spent with her brothers and sisters, until Feb. 21, 1860, when she married Francis H. C. Newcomb.

The newly wedded couple commenced their many years of married life, in a log home so common to the early settlers of that day, about two and one-half miles west of Pulaski. (In those days Pulaski [Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois] was the social, commercial and religious center of the whole section, laying between Rushville on the east and Warsaw on the west.)

In their first home were born five children, John E. Fannie and Wilbur (twins who died in infancy), Sarah Ann and Susan. After living here ten years, they moved to Pulaski to a farm on the Augusta road where their sixth child was born, Martha Gordon.

Again the family transferred after residing five years on the latter place. But in 1891, they returned to this place again where a new and commodious home had been built and here they resided until it was destroyed by fire in 1918, when they moved to Augusta.

Mrs. Newcomb was a woman of kindly spirit, given to hospitality, a mother and home maker, indeed. She was the second child of Martha and Edwin Gordon, one of the oldest families in this section. She is the second one called by death in a family of nine children, who mourn their loss. The first break in the family was about four years ago when her brother, William was taken by accident.

Besides the aged husband and the children who mourn their loss are the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mahala Bacon, Mrs. Jos. Smith, Mrs. Cornelia Fisher, Mrs. R.W. Foster, Charles B. and Edwin H. Gordon and many others.

Had Mrs. Newcomb survived until Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1917, she would have celebrated her 57th wedding anniversary. For some time she had been making plans for the celebration.

She was a member of the local chapter of the D. A. R. Martha Board. Also a member of the Eastern Star.

The children and their families were all present except for one son-in-law, Wm. M. Crain and granddaughter Helen Newcomb Crain, of Washington, D. C. The children are John E. Newcomb of Augusta, Mrs. Wm. M. Crain of Washington, D, C. Mrs. Frank Williams of Augusta and Mrs. Fred Crain of Galesburg.

Her brothers and sisters also were present except Mrs. Mahal Bacon who was detained by illness. There were nine grandchildren and on great-grandchild, Gaylord Pierce, who died Oct. 15th, 1915.

Since she went home
The evening shadows linger longer here.
The winter days fill so much of the year
And even summer winds are chill and drear
Since she went home.

Source: "Life of Mrs. Sarah Newcomb," Augusta Eagle (Augusta, Illinois), 22 February 1917, page unknown; obituary from Hancock County Historical Society (Carthage, Illinois), "Augusta Eagle Deaths Obits," Vols I-VI, transcriptions; photocopies made by Frank Burkett, July 2010.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 51282697
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Gordon Newcomb (15 Mar 1839–13 Feb 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51282697, citing Pulaski Cemetery, Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sue Hawes (contributor 47271025) .