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Sarah Ann Bohanon

Sarah Ann Bohanon

Female 1844 - 1935  (91 years)

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  • Name Sarah Ann Bohanon  [1, 2, 3
    Born 20 Jul 1844  Pulaski, Oswego, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 7 Aug 1935  [3
    Buried Pulaski, Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I3080  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Father Alpheus Albert Bohanan, III,   b. 13 Apr 1815, Richland, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1889, Richland, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Ann Corbin,   b. 1819, Richland, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1880, Richland, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1834  Richland, Osweg Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3081  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Eaton,   b. 7 Aug 1843, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1915  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1863  New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Madge Eaton,   b. Abt 1871, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1891  (Age ~ 20 years)  [natural]
     2. Cora T. Eaton,   b. Abt 1869, Pulaski, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Carrie Josephine Eaton,   b. 22 Nov 1872, New york Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1925  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     4. Fred Eaton  [natural]
     5. Benjamin Eaton  [natural]
     6. Sarah Eaton  [natural]
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F808  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

      Aug 1935
      Highly Respected and Beloved Woman Passes
      Mrs. Sarah Eaton, 91, Mourned by Many

      With the death of MRS SARAH BOHANNON EATON, 91, at her home on Bridge St last Wednesday night, one of Pulaski’s most highly respected and best beloved citizens passes. For some three weeks, Mrs. Eaton had been in failing health, but able to be about her home and receive her neighbors and friends who called. She fell Sunday, August 4, suffering a dislocated shoulder and a fractured elbow and suffered greatly from shock. This hastened her death. Two years ago, she fell at her home sustaining a badly sprained wrist, but she recovered remarkably from this and was soon able to write and take care of her usual home duties.

      MRS. EATON was born19 Jun 1844 at Port Ontario, a daughter of ALPHEOUS and MARY ANN CORBIN BOHANNON, pioneer residents of this section. Many of Mrs. Eaton’s very early recollections were associated with activities in those far off days when she was a young girl, living at the Port and Selkirk. She recalled many of the stirring events in our early history. She came to Pulaski when a girl of 18, and early became a member of the Baptist Church of this village. Most of her life was active in home duties and church work wherein her nature and attitude toward life fitted so admirably.

      MRS. EATON was a woman of splendid Christian character, with a quiet, serene nature, always thinking of and doing the things, which made life pleasanter for others. For many, many years this community has been blessed by her presence in it and there are many who mourn her passing. She was one of those saintly souls whose womanly grace and virtues were as natural to her as breathing. Her home was a place where friends were always made welcome and greeted with a kindly, gracious courtesy that inspired their admiration and love.

      She was united in marriage to the late JAMES EATON, a veteran of the Civil War who died in 1918. To this union were born four children: Cora (Mrs. W. C. Miller of Baltimore, Maryland), Carrie (for many years a teacher, who died in1925), Madge, who died in 1892, and H. AVERY EATON, now of Worchester, Massachusetts.

      Surviving besides her daughter, Mrs. MILLER, and her son, H. AVERY EATON and two grandsons, KARL and JAMES MILLER, are several nephews and nieces: Captain A.D. NELSON, CHARLES N. NELSON, MILO JONES of this village; BENJAMIN BOHANON of Orwell, FRANK BOHANON of East Syracuse, GEORGE BOHANON of Parish, FRANK JONES of Camden, Rev. E. A. ANSON of the Virgin Islands, Mrs. J. E. CHAWGO, Mrs. A. M. JONES of Pulaski; Mrs. EDWARD E. BARNARD of Theresa, New York, Mrs. MARION TURNBULL of Mapleview, Mrs. MATTIE SALISBURY of Camden; and Mrs. KIMBALL BOBBITT and Mrs. FLORIDA HARDING of Florida.

      A simple funeral service was held at the home at ten o’clock last Saturday morning, with the Rev. Lee A. Howes, Pastor of the Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was made in the family plot at the local cemetery. The bearers were her two grandsons, KARL and JAMES MILLER, ELMER W. BABCOCK, HOWARD CARPENTER, FRED L. MCCHESNEY, and F. E. MCCHESNEY. The profusion of beautiful floral tributes spoke of the love and esteem in which she was held by her many friends.

      (Letter from Mrs. Sylvia Kinney of Pulaski to Shirley Schiess dated 13 Oct 1986 in which she writes:
      ”I have talked with Mrs. J. E. CHAWGO, mentioned in the obituary. She is a granddaughter of ALPHEUS BOHANNON. She states that EDMUND BOHANNON was drowned while getting in nets for white fish. EDMUND BOHANON left 3 children and one born after his death. Their names were Sadie, May and Ben. Mrs. CHAWGO does not remember other names. Sadie married EDWARD BARNARD. Their daughter’s names were Mildred and Mabel. One of them married a DR. BURGESS {dentist} from Mexico, New York. As far as Mrs. Chawgo knows, all of the nieces and nephews mentioned in the obituary have passed away. Mrs. EATON also had a daughter, Madge, who passed away before Mrs. Eaton died.

      “Pamelia BOHANNON (called Aunt Millie) by Mrs. CHAWGO married a man by the name of MOSHER. She had two sons by him, one ADELBERT MOSHER, a Presbyterian minister of Syracuse, New York, AND GEORGE MOSHER, head of the Hunter Arms Co. of Syracuse. Her husband died and her second husband’s name was JOHN BETTINGER. He ran a hotel in East Syracuse, New York. They had two children, WILLIAM BETTINGER and Grace. She thinks GEORGE HENRY BOHANNON’S wife’s name was Clara. There was a son, George Jr., deceased. Mrs. CHAWGO is Josephine BOHANNON’S daughter.

      In 1934, the following article was published in the “Pulaski Democrat”

      MRS JAMES EATON, oldest resident of Pulaski, born opposite this resort 90 years ago last June, recalls the period when Selkirk was a busy fishing community and the Selkirk light, second oldest on Lake Ontario, guided into the Salmon River craft from every port on this inland sea.

      SARAH EATON was the daughter of ALPHEUS BOHANNON. She was born at Port Ontario, on the opposite shore of the Salmon River, but came to live at Selkirk when a young girl. She retains her full memory, recollecting vividly the days of her childhood when she performed the tasks of a fresh-water fisherman.

      “My father was a sailor on the lake” Mrs. Eaton began her recollection. “Then he took up fishing for a living. He had a large family and was poor, but he earned enough for all of us. I happened to be the oldest one in the family. There were five girls before there were any boys. I used to go fishing with father.”

      “The Salmon River was well named. It was full of salmon when I was a girl. It was one of God’s beauty spots. I have seen the salmon jump, showing slabs of silver, a beautiful sight. I used to go on trips in the boat to haul the nets.

      “I could row like a boy. I used to hold the boat for father to haul the nets. He taught me how to hold it so it would not move away from the net. I used to be quite an oarsman. There was a grocery store at the port and I used to row there to get groceries. That was the way I became quite a water boy.

      “I look today on Lake Ontario and love it. Of course, it is treacherous and takes lives, but it is one of the beauty spots.

      “We had no bathing suits, but we used to swim. We were never allowed to bathe on the Selkirk side of the river. There were holes there. A few years ago a lady got into one of the holes and was drowned. We used to wear an old dress to bathe. If we had a wool dress, that was the one we used.

      Where the Fitch collage is today is where the storehouse stood where they emptied the boats. Great, three-masted schooners and large steamers came in. We were always allowed to go on deck, but never to go into the cabins. This side of the storehouse was what was known as the old Red Tavern. That was a sort of black spot on the hamlet. It has been in years before a place for sailors and fishermen to go in stress of weather, but it became a bad place.

      “During the high water in the spring, a great number of logs floated down the river and were landed on what was called the island. There is no island there now. It was quite a sight to see them tow the logs to Oswego.

      “The logs were made into rafts and tugs hitched onto them. Many buildings in Oswego, I presume, are standing that were made from lumber taken from the logs.

      “Where the cottages are on the Selkirk side was deep water then. I was a very small child when we moved to Selkirk. I was not ten years old.

      “One of our great delights was to climb up the ladder to the light. We used to go up to see the boats come in. I saw many a wreck, but only ones where men were drowned. I recollect that very distinctly. I remember seeing the men in the rigging. The ship was stranded and went to pieces. It was a terrible storm. Several of us children, as well as some of the men, went up in the lantern to watch the wreck.

      “There were no life boats and they could not get out with small boats. I remember seeing the waves hide the boat as they rushed over it, and seeing the spars dip into the water with the men clinging to them. I do not know the name of the ship. I would say it was a Canada schooner and three masted.

      “Canadian boats trafficked there a great deal. We fished mainly for salmon, trout and white fish, and they were in great demand in New York. I remember the two Browns and my father sending fish to New York.

      “Wood gathering was another task. Every family gathered wood. Our winter fuel was the driftwood we collected. It came from mills and from wrecks. We children would take the boat and row along the shore, gathering wood.

      “Pulaski, Port Ontario and Selkirk would have been all one, but Congress did not see fit to keep the harbor open and shipping went to Oswego. Selkirk would have been a better port.

      “The lighthouse was the second oldest on Lake Ontario, as I understood. It should have stood there as a monument to the sailors it guided. It was built long before I remember.

      “I was not more than 16 when I came to Pulaski. I have lived in Pulaski since, but was away two years after the Civil War. Mr. EATON served in the Civil War with the 147th Infantry.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S246] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Year: 1900; Census Place: Richland, Oswego, New York; Roll: 1144; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0142; FHL microfilm: 1241144.

    2. [S245] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Pulaski, Oswego, New York.

    3. [S253] Web: New York, Find A Grave Index, 1660-2012, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).