Sarah Stafford1

(8 October 1790 - 27 May 1864)

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Relationship4th great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Some Background

Sarah Stafford was also known as Sara Sally Stafford. Some applications for S.A.R. membership indicate this may hve been the given name some members of her family used when referring to her.
FatherWilliam Stafford (1754 - aft 1836)
MotherRelph (c. 1757 - c. 1846)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildSarah Stafford was born on 8 October 1790, in Schoharie, Schoharie Co., New York. This date of birth is calculated from date and age on cemetery marker.2,3,4
BrideSarah Stafford married Russell Darling, son of Jedediah Darling Jr. and Sarah Steele, in 1806 in Erie Co., New York.5,6
DeceasedShe died on 27 May 1864 in Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, at the age of 737
Interredwas buried in Griffins Mills Cemetery, Griffins Mills, Aurora, Erie Co., New York.7

Children with Russell Darling:

Residences and Censuses

She was probably the female age 26 to 45 listed in the household of her husband, Russell Darling, in the 1820 Federal Census of Aurora, Niagara Co., New York.8
She and Russell Darling appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 10 September 1850. Their children Edmund, Mary and Elizabeth were listed as living with them. Russell and Sarah valued their real estate at $2500. He was listed as being a 69 year old farmer and having been born in Connecticut, and Sarah as being 59 years old having been born in New York.9
She appeared on the 1855 State Census of Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 3 July 1855, Sarah was living with her daughter, Hattie, and son-in-law, Reynolds Bigelow, and their two children. Sarah's daughter Elizabeth was also living with them.3
She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 30 July 1860. Sarah was living in the household of her daughter, 27 year old Elizabeth (Darling) Avery and son-in-law, 32 year old George W. Avery. Her age is shown as 67 (maybe 69 which would be accurate) years. The Averys and Sarah are listed next door to the family of David Stafford Jr. (whose father was living with them). George was a farmer and valued his personal estate at $600; he does not appear to have owned any land.. Their children George were listed as living with them Her children Elizabeth were listed as living with her.10

Will

Sarah Darling was named executrix and an heir in the will of Russell Darling dated 22 March 1845 in Town of Aurora, Erie Co., New York, She was also to receive the bulk of the estate, aside from a few specific bequests to some of his children. Aside from specific bequests of personal property to four of his children, his entire estate was left to his wife, Sarah (Stafford) Darling, during her natural life, and after her death to any of his children then living (or their children if his own children predeceased her) to be held by them as tenants in common (aside from 1/2 acre to be held back from Albertus' share as he had been given that much land during his father's lifetime).
When it came time to "prove" the will after Russel's death, the surragate court judge needed to confirm all of the signatures on the will. Just two weeks previous to the probate proceedings one of the witnesses had "died of the Cholera," in the State of Mississippi (or on the Mississippi River); the other, some time before the proceedings "went to the West" (Ohio). Found among the probate records for the estate are affidavits from several people who knew the testator and the witnesses well enough to establish the validity of their signatures and the will was accepted.
As a note: The will was drawn up by Mr. Samuel E. Adams (the witness who later had moved to Ohio) as it was dictated to him by Russel. In his affidavit, Rowland Setson Jr. states that he saw Mr. Adams writing up the last part of the will, heard Mr. Adams read the entire will to Russel Darling, heard Russel Darling agree that all was as it should be, then "Mr. Adams signed the Testator's name at the end the will as it now appears by the request of the Testator and in his presence." "The reason why Testator did not write his name himself was because he had the Palsy."11,12

Sources - Citations

  1. [S545] Sarah Stafford Darling Tombstone Photograph, #545 SSS1-TSPhoto, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office; photographer Sean C. Tracy, gives name age and date of death and name of husband.
  2. [S545] Sarah Stafford Darling Tombstone Photograph, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, gives age 73 years, 7 months 19 days and date of death May 27, 1864.
  3. [S544] Reynolds Bigelow household, 1855 New York State Census, ErieCo., New York, population schedule, Town of Aurora, Enumeration District Election District of the town, Sheet 55, dwelling 466, family 483. , household of Reynolds Bigelow, line no. 5.
  4. [S541] William Darling household, 1850 U.S. Census - Population and Agricultural Schedule, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Colden, dwelling 1081, family 1104. Washington: National Archives.
  5. [S200] Letter from Suzanne Darling (Maryland 21794) to Sean C. Tracy, 25 April 1998; Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). Sources provided.
  6. [S545] Sarah Stafford Darling Tombstone Photograph, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, gives age and date of death and name of husband.
  7. [S545] Sarah Stafford Darling Tombstone Photograph, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, gives age and date of death.
  8. [S903] Russell Darling household, 1820 U.S. Census, Niagara, New York, Aurora, page no. 208A, line no. 1; Washington: National Archives.
  9. [S525] Russel Darling household, 1850 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Town of Aurora, dwelling 1530, family 1545. Washington: National Archives.
  10. [S543] George W. Avery household, 1860 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Aurora, Enumeration District Willink P.O., Sheet no. 121, dwelling 971, family 958; Washington: National Archives. , line no.17, in household of George W. Avery and Elizabeth Avery.
  11. [S538] Russel Darling will (22 March 1845), Russel Darling Last Will and Testament, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  12. [S539] Russel Darling Estate Papers, Estate Papers, June 1851, Erie Co. Estate Papers Case No. 4885, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, pg4: Rowland Letson Jr. affidavit.
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