Sarah <I>Palmer</I> Alger

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Sarah Palmer Alger

  • Birth 1809 White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Death 28 Feb 1897 Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA
  • Burial Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA
  • Plot F 11
  • Memorial ID 6910835

She was born in White Plains, Westchester County, New York to a William Palmer and unknown wife. She married Charles Coffey Alger in a Methodist Church in Manhattan on Dec. 27, 1831. They had one daughter (Grace who never married) who was born in 1833 or 1834 and died in March of 1899 at Pittsfield, Massachusetts and one son (Charles) born February 22, 1836 and died Jan. 2, 1897 at Hudson, New York. Both children were born in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts and both are buried in the F 11 plot at the Hudson City Cemetery.

Charles (Charlie) married Helena Willett Freeland on Jan. 4, 1866 at the bride's home in Greenport, Columbia County, New York and gave his mother three granddaughters (Grace Coffey Alger who married Louis William Groat, Helena Willett Alger, who married Frank Farrand, and Sarah Palmer Alger who never married) and one grandson (Charles Francis Alger who married Elizabeth Charlotte Wirth) before his wife died at 32 years of age of pneumonia at Hudson, Columbia County, New York on Feb. 5, 1879 at a house on Allen Street first purchased about 1876 by Mrs. Sarah Palmer Alger for $10,500 from the estate of Nathan Chamberlain, a former bank president and first owner of the house. In 1881, Mrs. Sarah Palmer Alger turned the house over to her widowed son while retaining the right to live there during her lifetime in a specified part of the house. She made a provision that if she outlived her son, the house was to go to three named 'beloved grandchildren' by her son and his deceased wife. She actually did outlive her son by about eight weeks and so ownership of the house went to her three named grandchildren by Charles Alger but bypasssed her oldest grandchild, Grace Coffey Alger. This may have been because Grace had inherited $5,000 in trust from the estate of Sarah's divorced (and remarried with a daughter) husband Charles Coffey Alger who died in 1874 at his summer house at New London, Connecticut.

Sarah and Charles Coffey Alger were divorced early in 1868 after 36 years of marriage as Charles lost interest in his wife as his wealth increased. About 1861 the couple became estranged while living in a mansion at Newburgh, New York but it took almost seven years for Sarah to agree to, and to go through the process of, a divorce. Charles then married Marie Louise Molt (probably born at Stowe, Vermont) who was about 30 years younger than himself very shortly after the divorce and they had a daughter Lucile who was born at Norwich, New London County, Connecticut on October 10, 1870. Lucile Alger's birth certificate says that she was the child of C. C. Alger and was the second child of the unnamed mother. (In 2014 I found out that the first child of Charles and Marie was Marie Alger, born about January 1869 at London, England and probably died before April 1869 also at London, England. The child Marie Alger was baptized in January of 1869 at a Church of England baptism in London.)

Lucile never married and died at her 110 acre estate at Great Neck, Long Island on Christmas Eve of 1936. She left most of her earthly goods to her partner of 25 years Louise Nathalie Grace of the fabulously wealthy Grace family.

Sarah outlived her husband, his second wife, Marie Louise Molt, and her own only son. She is buried in a family plot (purchased when her daughter-in-law died in 1879) at the Hudson City Cemetery at Hudson, New York but C. C. Alger and his second wife are buried at the Yantic Cemetery in Norwich, Connecticut.

A possible clue to who some of Sarah's birth family might have been, besides her father being William Palmer and Sarah being born in White Plains, New York in 1809 or 1810, is that her son Charlie's second daughter, Helena Willett Alger who married Frank Farrand, named her second son Palmer CHATTERTON Farrand. The Battle of White Plains in the Revolutionary War was actually fought on a farm on a hill owned by the Chatterton family. However, I have never found a link for this part of my family to the Chatterton family.

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  • Created by: Barbara Doxey
  • Added: 7 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6910835
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Palmer Alger (1809–28 Feb 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6910835, citing Hudson City Cemetery, Hudson, Columbia County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Doxey (contributor 46556096) .