Ancestral Notes

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My Maternal German-American Roots – Sarah Stonecipher

My mother was very pro-Canadian and anti-American. When I was researching our family history she was quite dismayed when she found out that some of her ancestors were American. She had the mistaken notion that there was only Scotch and Irish blood running through her veins.

Sarah Stonecipher was born in Wayne County, Indiana in 1840, first child of Nathaniel and Mahola Humbert Stonecipher, and lived there until she came with her husband, Thomas Holden’s family to Sandwich, Essex County, Ontario after the birth of their first daughter, in 1861.

Sarah Stonecipher’s family in 1850 census, Wayne County, Indiana

Sarah & Thomas Holden census 1891 Sandwich, Essex County

Sarah and Thomas Holden’s daughter, Rosetta Holden, born in 1862 in Sandwich, Essex County, was married Mar. 22, 1881 in Sandwich to William James O’Neil.

Rosetta Holden and W.J. O’Neil Marriage

Sarah and Thomas Holden might have lived at one time in the house built by James Holden family in the early 1860s, first located in Sandwich, but recently disassembled, moved and reassembled in Heritage Village, Essex County.

Holden Homestead

Sarah Stonecipher Holden died on New Years Day in 1923 in Sandwich South, Essex County.

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2 Responses

  1. DianaR says:

    American ancestors – oh, my!! I guess it can happen even in the best of families 🙂

  2. Earline Hines Bradt says:

    Mom was very pleased when she learned that some of our ancestors were in Plymouth Colony. Isn't that America too??

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