Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sarah Marshall (52 Ancestors #6)

Descendant line: 
Sarah Marshall>Francis Marian Phares>Amy Louise Phares>Cecil Lloyd Walters>Charles Lloyd Walters

Sarah was born on September 16, 1809 in Frederick County, Virginia to William and Sarah (Cole) Marshall. The family moved to Greene County, Ohio when she was about 6 years old. She married Samuel Clevenger Phares on February 21, 1828 in Greene County.
In October of 1847 the family moved to Waynesville, Illinois from Ohio and a few years later the family moved again to Clinton, Illinois. Sarah and Samuel lived the in the Clinton area for the rest of their lives.

Sarah and Samuel had 13 children, all but the youngest two were born in Ohio and all children grew to maturity. Twins ran in her family. She herself had a twin brother and two brothers were twin. Sarah gave birth to 2 sets of twins, two of her children had twins and there were at least 5 sets of twins among her grandchildren.

Sarah died on October 17, 1877 at her farm home in between Clinton and Maroa, Illinois. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton, Illinois. He husband, who outlived her by 23 years, is buried beside her. There are a large number of descendants also buried in the same cemetery.

Her death was reported in the Clinton Public as follows:
Death has entered the homes of several families in this county during the past few weeks, and the young and the aged alike have been called to pass through the dark valley. On Wednesday evening Mrs. Sarah Phares, the aged consort of Uncle Samuel C. Phares, breathed her last after a brief illness of four days. This is the first time that Death has invaded that family circle. Mrs. Phares was the mother of thirteen children, all of whom, with the father, are still living, and eleven of them were at her bedside as she passed to the better land. The funeral services will take place this afternoon, at one o’clock, at the M. E. Church.

Sources: A History of the Marshall and Related Families, Ohio Marriages, obituaries and other newspapers reported on DeWitt GenWeb Project, Find A Grave.


  1. Sarah was the younger sister of my 3rd great grandmother Hannah Marshall. It's nice to see your post and know where she ended up.

    1. Thanks for reading and for the comment, Cousin :)

    2. I am looking for all Marshall siblings and their parents. Their mother passed away due to a car accident. Siblings are Corinne Marshall, Donald L. Marshall, and Rena Ruth Marshall from Clinton, IL. I do not know all the siblings names. Corinne Marshall became a Corinne Brown. I am not sure why her name became Corinne Brown. If you have any information about this family please contact me at

  2. Francis Marion & Sarah, Marshall, Phares are my 3 great grandparents. Would love to compare notes with you. Have pictures of Amy Phares and Elizabeth, McPherson, Phares if you are interested in. Sent an email but in case it doesn't come thru you may contact me at