Sarah Ellen Miller Mitchell (1887-1948)

Sarah Ellen Miller Mitchell b. 1887

This is Sarah Ellen and her first son, Norman.  Sarah’s grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Turley, was born in Churchville, Ontario, Canada in 1835, sister to my great great grandmother, Charlotte Turley.  I found Sarah as I was searching for more of Theodore Turley’s descendants.  Sarah’s mother was named Charlotte, I’m sure after her favorite aunt.

This photo of Sarah Ellen has captured my heart.  Sarah Ellen was born in San Bernardino, California 19 July 1887.   In 1906 she married Lloyd Merritt Mitchell.  They had eleven children.  Ten of the twelve lived to adulthood.  Five of her sons served in WWII.  All five returned home safely.

As I was looking for information about Sarah Ellen’s life, I found two pages she recorded in a notebook listing the birth information of each of her children.  I’m grateful these records were preserved for her posterity.  I wonder if there’s more recorded somewhere.  I wonder what her life was like, raising such a large family at the turn of the century.  I wonder what she was doing in 1909 when her second son, Elmer was born in a place called Page in California.  There is a Paige in Tulare County which is the same county I grew up in in the San Joaquin Valley.  I wonder why they were there.

I love how she spelled “weighed” in each of the birth entries.  “Waid” is so much more sensible.  I think I really like Sarah Ellen.  I would have enjoyed knowing her.  I hope to meet her someday.

Sarah Ellen Miller Mitchell  Family Memorial p. 1Sarah Ellen Miller Mitchell  Family Memorial p. 2

Sarah, Elmer Lloyd, Norman Isaac and Lloyd.
Mitchell, Sarah, Elmer, Lloyd, Norman, and Lloyd

Sarah Ellen and Lloyd Merritt Mitchell with granddaughter, Susan Cochran.Sarah Ellen Miller Mitchell with Lloyd and granddaughter

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About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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One Response to Sarah Ellen Miller Mitchell (1887-1948)

  1. You’ve done such a great job with this project! That first picture really is a gem 😊

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