Note: N16 Sarah Ohr was believed by my father to have come from Ohio or Maryland. Another possibility was Iowa or South Dakota which is also mentioned in N.D. census records for Clarence Follett family. The 1860 census records (listing Sarah as 10 when she was actually 8) had incorrectly recorded the Ohr family as surname Marsh and the transcription error was later corrected.
The various census records found support that she was born in Maryland, but that she had also lived as in Illinois and in Iowa before her marriage. She married Charles Follett in 1876 in Woodburn, Iowa. They had their first child in Illinois (Clarence) in 1877 and later moved on to Oriska, Barnes County, ND. Charles later operated a grain elevator in Mapleton, ND.
Sarah died of cancer in 1904. The Follett family bible contains a letter from Sarah to a sister or friend where she discusses travels to see a doctor and also her concerns about being away from Charlie and the boys.
1860 Federal Census [1860; Census Place: Mount Morris, Ogle, Illinois; Roll: M653_215; Page: 0; Image: 544]:
Note: Re name used below of Marsh: Corrections for Sarah Marsh -1860 United States Federal Census Correction Detail: Surname: Ohr Correction Type: Transcription Error Explanation: transcription error for entire family Contributed By: Group Account Contributed On: 2/1/2007
Name: Sarah Marsh [Sarah Ohr] Age in 1860: 10  Birth Year: abt 1850 Birthplace: Maryland Home in 1860: Mount Morris, Ogle, Illinois Gender: Female Post Office: Mount Morris Household Members: Name Age Elias J Olex 16 Leah Marsh 37 Jacob F Marsh 35 Sophia E Marsh 14 Clarasa M Marsh 12 Sarah Marsh 10 Eliza J Oles 18 Elizabeth Hilberg 26 Robert Powell 34
1870 Federal Census Data [1870; Census Place: Jackson, Clarke, Iowa; Roll: M593_382; Page: 39; Image: 78]:
Name: Sarah Ohr Estimated birth year: abt 1852 Age in 1870: 18 Birthplace: Maryland Home in 1870: Jackson, Clarke, Iowa Race: White Gender: Female Post Office: Smyrna
1870 U.S. Federal Census re Ohr family:
Name: Elias J Ohr Estimated Birth Year: abt 1824 Age in 1870: 46 Birthplace: Maryland Home in 1870: Jackson, Clarke, Iowa Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Smyrna Household Members: Name Age Elias J Ohr 46 Leah Ohr 43 Jacob F Ohr 24 Sarah Ohr 18 Eliza Ohr 16 Joshua Ohr 6 Walter Ohr 3 Hermione Ohr 1 William Ohr 59 Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Jackson, Clarke, Iowa; Roll M593_382; Page: 39; Image: 78
1900 U.S. Federal Census [1900; Census Place: Oriska, Barnes, North Dakota; Roll: T623 1226; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 1]:
Name: Sarah E Follett Home in 1900: Oriska, Barnes, North Dakota Age: 48 Estimated birth year: abt 1852 Birthplace: Maryland Relationship to head-of-house: Wife Spouse's name: Charles Race: White Household Members: Name Age Charles Follett 46 Sarah E Follett 48 Walter Follett 14 Leland Follett 8
Here is a Bio I prepare in the 1990s after doing some family tree research with family members:
MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: SARAH OHR FOLLETT
Sarah Ohr Follett is believed to have been born in Maryland on February 14, 1852, pursuant to Riverside Cemetery records. We don't know anything about her original family, except that Dad thought their name may have been spelled "Orr" and he thought they might have come from Ohio or Indiana.
We are uncertain as to where and when Charles and Sarah met and were married, but it was probably sometime prior to her 24th birthday because her first child was born when she was 25 years old just after they came out West in 1877. They probably met somewhere back East because Charles was from upstate New York. (I estimate they may have been married sometime between 1873 and 1876. I plan to check the Presbyterian Church records in Oaks Corners, N.Y. to see if they may have been married there.)
Jan Follett Patman remembers hearing a story about her paternal grandparents Charles and Sarah: that when "Dad Follett" and his bride were going to North Dakota by covered wagon, she was already pregnant (Clarence was born 11/27/1877 in Illinios) and that when she saw her first Indian, she decided to come the rest of the way by train.
Charles and Sarah Follett lived in Oriska, N.D. and later in Mapleton, N.D., where Charles worked managing grain elevators. After Clarence, they did not have another child for nine years. Walter was born on May 4, 1886 in Mapleton, N.D. They had a child Brice Follett the following year in 1887, but unfortunately Brice died September 9, 1888, also at Mapleton. (The cemetery has the cause of death listed as a "summer complaint.") My grandfather was the baby of the family and was born on January 28, 1891 in Mapleton.
Sarah died on November 8, 1904 in Oriska, N.D. at the age of 52 due to cancer. My Grandfather Leland was only 13 years old at the time.
Both Sarah and Charles are buried in a family plot at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, N.D. __________________________
Info at findagrave.com:
Sarah E. Ohr Follett Birth: Feb. 13, 1852 Maryland, USA Death: Nov. 8, 1904 Oriska, Barnes County, North Dakota, USA
Family links: Parents: Elias J Ohr (1823 - 1908) Leah Rohrer Ohr (1825 - 1920) Spouse: Charles C Follett (1853 - 1920) Children: Clarence O Follett (1877 - 1947)* Walter C Follett (1886 - 1955)* Alba Follett (1887 - 1888)* Leland Carl Follett (1891 - 1979)* *Calculated relationship Burial: Riverside Cemetery Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, USA Maintained by: bonfoll Originally Created by: sleuthesthedead Record added: Aug 12, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 40592857
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