Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

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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My Crockett Connections

Rebecca Hawkins Crockett’s home,
birthplace of Davy Crockett


One of my most recognized cousins is Davy Crockett. My relationship is through my fifth great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hawkins Stonecipher. She was first cousins with Davy Crockett on his mother’s side. His mother, Rebecca Hawkins Crockett was sister of Joseph Hawkins, Elizabeth’ father.

There is a connection of a different sort also. Elizabeth’s husband, Solomon Stonecipher’s brother, Absolom was out picking grapes and was mistaken for a deer and Joseph Hawkins shot at him. Davy Crockett writes about the incident in his autobiography:

A Man Shot Instead of a Deer
“There, another circumstance happened, which made a
lasting impression on my memory, though I was but a
small child. Joseph Hawkins, who was a brother to my
mother, was in the woods hunting for deer. He was
passing near a thicket of brush, in which one of our
neighbors was gathering some grapes, as it was in the
fall of the year, and the grape season. The body of the
man was hid by the brush, and it was only as he would
raise his hand to pull the bunches, that any part of him
could be seen. It was a likely place for deer, and my
uncle, having no suspicion that it was any human being,
but supposing the raising of the hand to be an occasional
twitch of a deer s ear, fired at the lump, and as the devil
would have it, unfortunately shot the man through the

body. I saw my father draw a silk handkerchief
through the bullet hole, and entirely through his body ;
yet after a while he got well, as little as any one would
have thought it. What become *of him, or whether he is
dead or alive, I don t know; but I reckon he didn t
fancy the business of gathering grapes in an out-of-the-
way thicket soon again.”

The story goes that Absolom was badly wounded, and he was nursed back to health by Sarah Humbert, whom he later married.

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