Here is what I have been able to find out about Sarah:
1850 US Federal census- August 1st, 1850 in the 1st District of the 16th Ward in New York City. I was able to find a Patrick Hughes age 36, his occupation was a Laborer and he was born in Ireland. Susan, his wife was 30 years old, born in Ireland. Susan, their daughter, age 3 years old and born in New York. The dwelling they lived in had 3 family groups. There is also a woman listed with the family named Susan Quinn age 32 born in Ireland. I wonder if Susan Quinn is a relative of the family?
- This would mean that Susan and Patrick were in New York by 1847. See post The Luck O’ the Irish…Perhaps… which, if I am following the correct trail, shows Susan and Patrick marrying in Ireland in Clonfeacle Parish, County Tyrone in 1846. So far, I may be on the right track.
US Federal Census 1860-Have not been able to locate them in the census yet.
On August 1st, 1869 John William Rowan and Sarah Agnes Hughes were married. On their Marriage license 18 yo Sarah’s address was reported as 318 10th Avenue, New York City. 23 yo John’s address was 239 10th Avenue, New York City. When I found Sarah and John’s marriage license I was able to find out her parent’s names-Patrick and Susan McKenna Hughes. The witnesses were: Ellen Cavanagh and Charles A. Colwell. Don't overlook the witnesses. I wonder if Ellen Cavanagh could have been Sarah’s Aunt Ellen?
1870 US Federal census-Have not been able to locate them in the census yet.
- Joseph Valentine born 1871, born in Pennsylvania-lived to adulthood
- William born 1872, born in Pennsylvania-lived to adulthood
- Susan born 1875 and died at 3 months of age, buried in New York If the family had gone to Pennsylvania where the previous 2 children are reportedly born then they were back in New York City by 1875 when Susan died.
- Mary born 1878-lived to adulthood
- Sarah Agnes born 1879 (my great grandmother)-lived to adulthood
- Elizabeth born 1881 and died 1882 at age of 1, buried in New York
- John born May 7th, 1882 and died at 4 days old, buried in New York
- Hiram born 1884 and died 1885 at age 1 about 2 weeks after his mother, buried in New York
Sarah is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York. My father and I went to the cemetery to see Sarah’s grave. It was disheartening to find no cemetery stone to mark the resting places of Sarah and her 4 children or the other 2 children, I assume cousins, who also died as young children. Sarah would watch 3 of her children die before her and know a 4th was ill when she herself was in the Hospital dying. How heartbreaking! I know it was common for children to die young but as a mother myself it's still difficult to imagine.
On Sarah’s death certificate it lists her occupation as Cap Maker. I did some research and found out that many women did piece work at home to earn extra money for their family. From the book entitled the History of Women in Industry in the United States reported that in 1871 in New York about 2,000 women cap makers earned from $6-$8 per week. When I look at Sarah’s picture above she is wearing a cap. I wonder if she made that one?
There is so much I would still like to find out about Sarah. I still don’t know if the family stories about Sarah and her parents are true. I would like to find the ancestors of Sarah’s children Joseph Rowan, William Rowan and Mary Rowan White (called Mamie by family) to see if they have some additional information about the family. Did they ever hear these stories? My Great-Grandmother was the youngest in the family after all.
If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,