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 Sobrina Sarah <I>Learned</I> Aldrich

Sobrina Sarah Learned Aldrich

DeKalb County, Indiana, USA
Death 28 Jun 1923 (aged 77)
Hamilton, Steuben County, Indiana, USA
Burial Hamilton, DeKalb County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 89511646 · View Source
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Born in Troy Township

Simeon (married 24 Feb 1867, DeKalb Co., IN)

Other Child:
~ Samuel (27 May 1868-27 Jan 1948, Los Angeles, CA)

"In May, 1850, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Learned took their little four-year-old daughter, Sabrina, to visit a family by the name of McDonald, in the northern part of Troy Township. The family lived in a log cabin which had an addition that was used for a school, taught by Mary Chase. Going with other children into the field to gather flowers, Sabrina climbed over the fence into the woods. The children, instead of going after her, ran to the house and told her mother, who ran out and called her. The little one started, supposing she was going to the house, in exactly the opposite direction, which led her off into the big Tamarack swamp. She there stopped, took off her shoes and stockings and bonnet, and tied them up in her apron. Swinging them over her neck, she crawled for a long distance in the mud and mire, she lay down on a grassy plat by a stump to hide ~ the first grass spot she had come to in the swamp. Going to sleep, she remained in blissful unconsciousness the remainder of the afternoon and all night, the sun being high in the heavens when she awoke. She heard the neighbors hunting for her, but was at first afraid, and kept herself in hiding. As two men came walking near her she crawled into some brush to conceal herself; but after they had passed by she recognized them as her father's hired hands. She then spoke, saying, "John, won't you take me home?" He took her up and began to blow the horn, giving the signal that the child was found alive. All at once assembled at her house where they had a regular feast. The wolves had followed her trail for some distance, but were frightened off by the searchers, who kept fires all night and also made all the noise possible. The night was very cold, and ice formed on the water, yet the little girl was bareheaded and barefooted, and was exposed for thirty hours. She was four years old the day she was rescued, May 22, 1850. She is now the wife of Simeon G. Aldrich, of Troy Township."
(source: "History of DeKalb County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns. . .", 1885, pp. 798-799)

~Obit kindly prov. by Thomas L. Harman~
"Mrs. Sabrina Leonard Aldrich, aged 77, passed to the beyond Thursday morning at her late home in Hamilton after ten weeks' suffering from ulcers of the throat and stomach. Her husband, Simeon Aldrich, preceded her twelve years ago. She leaves three sons, Samuel of Los Angeles, Calif.,; Seth of Butler; Asa of Hamilton; and two daughters, Mrs. Emily Little and Mrs. Sarah Fischer, of near Hamilton. Funeral services at the United Brethren church Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. Mr. Stucker, circuit preacher, officiating. Interment in the Eddy cemetery."
("Steuben Republican", Angola, IN, Wed., 4 July 1923 issue, p. 7, col 3)

Strangely, her son, Oren, was not mentioned as a survivor, even though he was alive at the time of his mother's death

(sources: Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959; "History of DeKalb County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns. . .", 1885, pp. 800-801)

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