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Sarah (Danison) McFarland


Sarah (Danison) McFarland was born in about 1824 at Mt. Perry, Perry County, OH, the daughter of Absalom and Rebecca (Miner) Danison.

At the age of 19, Sarah married 24-year-old Alexander "Young" McFarland (1819-1868). They were wed on Dec. 7, 1843, in Perry County, in a ceremony led by Thomas W. Hand. (His middle initial also has been erroneously written as "Z." and "J." in early documents.)

They had five known daughters -- Mary E. Graver (?), Lucy "Anna" Lattimer, Laura Justice Davis Smith, Harriet McFarland and Sarah McFarland.

When the federal census was taken in 1850, the McFarlands were farmers and lived next to Sarah's parents, Rebecca and Absalom, in Madison Township. In the McFarland household at that time were daughters Mary and Lucy.


Above: the McFarland and Danison farms as marked in an 1859 atlas. Below: Gently rolling landscape of Mt. Perry, Ohio on Danison/McFarland lands, including the cemetery where they rest.


When the 1860 census was enumerated, Sarah and Young lived with their daughters Mary, Lucy, Laura, Harriet and Sarah. 

Sarah very likely died sometime during the decade of the 1860s. Nothing more about this couple is known. By 1870, her children were living with other families, including teenage daughter Laura with Sarah's married sister Lucy (Danison) Bowman

Alexander passed away at the age of 50 years and eight days on Nov. 29, 1868. He was laid to rest in the burying ground of the Mt. Perry Methodist church, where his wife's parents later joined him in eternal repose.


~ Daughter Harriet McFarland ~

Daughter Harriet McFarland (1857- ? ) was born in 1857.

By 1870, the 13-year-old was residing with her Danison grandparents in Mt. Perry.

In later years, Harriet moved to White Cottage, Muskingum County, where her ultimate fate is lost.


~ Daughter Sarah McFarland ~

Daughter Sarah McFarland (1858- ? ) was born in 1858.

She appears to disappear in the mists of history.


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