Sara Burrier Rhoads
|Submitted by: Melanie Rhoads|
|The following information is
THE MARSHALL TRIBUNE
Marshall, Logan County, Oklahoma
|"GRANDMA RHOADS PASSED AWAY"|
| She had almost reached the age of 105 years, and was but a little younger than the Nation itself. Grandma Rhoads, known to so many of our readers, is dead. No words we might utter could convey more pathos, or stir more
tenderly, the emotions of the heart. Sara Burrier was born in Carroll County, Ohio, July 24, 1800. She was married at the age of 21 years to Michael (Rhodes) Rhoads, who died in 1873, in Indiana, where they moved sometime after they were married. After the death of her husband, she moved with her son to Kansas, and from there they migrated to Oklahoma. Grandma Rhoads lived in the little red house east of Marshall, with her son, from 1895 to the time of her death, June 11, 1905. At that time she was 104 years, 10 months, and 16 days old. Funeral services were held at
eleven o'clock Monday, June 12, 1905.|
Grandma Rhoads, as she was familiarly known by everyone, lived long past the allotted time of mankind, her life extending over almost the entire history of the republic itself. She was a child when the war of 1812 was
fought, and the mother of thirteen children when Indian uprisings were so common. She lived during the administration of all but three Presidents of the United States, and was here long before a lamp, a telephone, a streetcar, or hundred of other things we might mention, were known. Her life story sounds more like a novel than a reality, for she lived so long before any of us were born. She retained her remarkable memory to the last, and could tell of events that occurred ninety-five years ago. Her large bones show that at one time she was a powerful woman, and she told this writer a year ago that she didn't know what it was to be sick in her
younger days. She was the mother of thirteen children, three of whom survive her.
The surviving sons are Isaac, with whom she had made her home for the past twenty-five years. John, who lives at Crescent, Oklahoma, and
Daniel, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The most remarkable concerned that Grandma Rhoads father lived to be 105 years of age. Grandma wanted to live to be that old, but she fell short a few days. She was a member of the Christian Church, and funeral services were held from that church in Marshall, conducted by Rev. Campbell, of Orlando. Five generations of her offspring were represented at the funeral, and a host of friends followed the remains to their final resting place in the Odd Fellow's Cemetery, north of town. We could write enough about the woman to fill a volume, but space will not permit. So, we will leave her in the hands of her God, with the simple benediction. "Peace be to her ashes"