Friday, June 4, 2010

Sarah Ann (McMurtry) Raymond

Birth:    1834
              New York

Died:     1905
              McDonough County, Illinois

Sarah Ann (McMurtry) Raymond was a native of New York state.  She was married February 19, 1858, to Gabriel "G.F." Raymond, a farmer from Orange County, New York. They were the parents of five children: Sarah A., Margaret A., John U., Gabriel J. and Mary C.

G.F. and Sarah Raymond came to Illinois in 1858 and settled first in Birmingham Township, Schuyler County, on forty acres of land. Eleven years later they sold that property and relocated to Bethel Township in McDonough County, Illinois where they purchased 80 acres.

In the 1880 census Sarah Raymond was a 46-year-old housewife who was further identified as a midwife. Her husband was listed as a plasterer, her daughter Mary and son Gabriel J.(who worked on the farm) lived at home at that time.  Two of the Raymond's grandchildren, Bertha and Daniel Smith, ages 5 and 3 respectively.
Sarah Raymond died at age 71 years, 8 months, 25 days.

Her daughter Sarah Downey and son G.J. Raymond are buried in this cemetery. She shares a tombstone with her husband.

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