Another good challenge designed to drive me, and others searching for Sarah crazy.
Let's see what we know, and leave the door wide open for new discoveries.
Sarah Kniffen was born in Westchester Co, New York in July 1792, according to her monument marker on Find A Grave. Nothing is known of her childhood.
Sarah married Hackaliah Vredenburg(h), a Methodist minister, sometime before 1812, when the first of their children was born. Some accounts claim they had eight children, other claim nine. I have been able to prove six and speculate on a seventh.
|Sarah Kniffen Vredenburg's America|
It is unclear as to when the Vredenburg's actually moved to Illinois, but by 1860 Sarah and her husband had settled in Vermillion County to live the retired life. It is said the Rev. Vredenburg enjoyed the time he had spent in Vermillion County while on his circuits. Several of Sarah's adult children are found in Vermillion Co, Illinois as early as 1845.
In 1869 Sarah lost her husband to what can be described as a heart attack.
In August 1870 a widowed Sarah had moved clear across the State of Illinois to reside with her daughter and son-in-law in McDonough, Illinois.
In September 1870 Sarah died. She was 78 years old.
She is buried with her husband in Vermillion County.
Sarah was just one of the uncounted thousands of strong, silent, resilient pioneer women whose stores go untold, but without whom the American frontier would not have been tamed. A Founding Mother who sadly will remain in the shadows of her husband and his accomplishments.
Thank you Sarah Kniffen Vredenburg. For your strength to plow through, despite the harshest of conditions.