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 Sarah Badley <I>MacArthur</I> Dickman

Sarah Badley MacArthur Dickman

Woodburn, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA
Death 31 Oct 1945 (aged 66)
Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Plot Lot 2 Block 109
Memorial ID 8567306 · View Source
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second wife of the Reverend William Henry Dickman and the elder daughter of Sarah Jameson Badley and John Alexander McArthur. The summer after their mother's death her sister and she put in place a long cherished desire to travel. They bicycled across England with just an extra set of collars and cuffs which they would dry at night on either the marble top of a dresser or a mirror. That fall they lived on the left bank in Paris and attended classes at the Sorbonne. Frequently they would spend time with their mother's first cousins the Misses Badley and their brother John Haden Badley in the Lake District of England. Her sister and she would spend the summers at their cottage, Lousar Lodge at Piasa Chautauqua, on the Mississippi River. She did not marry until she was thirty seven, at which age she did not think it suitable to have a traditional wedding so she invited her friends to what the newspapers of the day termed a "social bonfire" on the banks of the Mississippi river. Her husband to be had nicknamed her "Gypsy" because of her love of the bluffs and nature, so at her request he gave her a gypsy's engagement ring which is made from a horseshoe nail. She designed the ring to hold a central diamond between two nail heads and two smaller diamonds and four sapphires (her birthstones), on either side. The invitations read that the guests were to come dressed to perform a skit of a gypsy wedding. Wearing a homespun dress with berries in her hair she played the role of the gypsy bride and it was only after the skit was finished that the minister performing the ceremony produced the license to show that the wedding was more than an entertainment. They had one daughter Beatrice Louise. and two grandchildren. (bio by: David McJonathan-Swarm, her grandson)

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  • Created by: D C McJonathan-Swarm
  • Added: 28 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8567306
  • D C McJonathan-Swarm
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Badley MacArthur Dickman (22 Sep 1879–31 Oct 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8567306, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by D C McJonathan-Swarm (contributor 46611006) .