Tombstone Tuesday – May 26, 2020 – Sarah Ann Best Coon

Tombstone of David Elway and Sarah Ann Best

Sarah Ann was the daughter of Hiram and Mary (Addison) Best. She was born in Durham, Ontario on January 17,1858.

In the 1861 and 1871 Canadian Census, Sarah is with her parents Hiram and Agnes Best in Dereham, Oxford, Ontario.

On March 8,1883, Sarah Ann Best married David Edward Coon at the bride’s residence in Durham, Oxford, Ontario. It is witnessed by Hiram Best and James Addison.

In the 1891 Canadian Census, David and Sarah are living with David’s parents, Matthew and Sarah Ann Coon in Sidney, Hastings West, Ontario. David is a farmer. They have two daughters ; Annie (1884) and Caroline (1886). ( I am not sure why the Census says Caroline, her death record in 1895, states Carrie Louise.

In 1898, Sarah gave birth to twins, a still born son and a daughter who they named Mildred Rachel. The following record allows us to make some assumptions. They are that the daughter was born alive but I see no record of her in census or other records so I assume that she must have died soon after and before the 1901 census. I do not see either of these children listed in the Cemetery record where I find the rest of the family members burial records but they could be on the other side of the family stone. The stone looks much older than a 1935/ 1936 stone.

Schedule A Canadian Birth record
line 17 and 18 of 1898 Schedule A Birth Record

In the 1901 Canadian Census, David is a farmer. Sarah and David’s daughter, Carrie died at age nine They seem to have lost a daughter the children listed are Laura A (Annie from the previous census), Wilbur (1892) and Ralph (1894) and David’s Mother Sarah Ann

In the 1911 Canadian Census, David and Sarah have two children and David’s Mother living with them. They are Wilbur (1892) and Ralph (8/14/1894)They live in Sidney, Ontario. David’s Mother is Sarah Ann and she is eighty six years old, born in 1825.

Eighty-five years ago today, Sarah Ann Coon died of complications from Diabetes.

She is buried in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Frankfort, Ontario with the rest of the Coon family members.

Rest in peace, Sarah Ann!

Love, Jan

Sarah Ann Best Coon is my first cousin four times removed.

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