Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 38, Sarah Anne Dews Taylor Odom

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 38 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

Sarah Anne Dews was born July 6, 1893 in Kempsville, Princess Anne County, Virginia to William Henry Dews and his second wife, Lorena Estelle Eley Norsworthy Dews.

On March 31, 1909, she married Robert Lee Taylor, in the "bride's home".  This would have been in the general area of Norfolk Virginia.

Sarah and Robert had 4 children:

Lillian Mae Taylor
Pearl Edith Taylor (just celebrated her 102nd birthday)
Robert Lee Taylor II
Ruby Estelle Taylor

Sarah is enumerated on the 1910 U.S. Census, Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia (immediately following Bessie A. Norsworthy Forbes, her half-sister):  Robert L. Taylor, age 21, married 1 year, born North Carolina, both parents born North Carolina, laborer in box factory; Sarah A., wife, age 16, married one year, no children, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia. Also in the household is Robert's brother, Kenneth, age 16, who is also working in the box factory as a machine operator.

Sarah was found on the 1920 U.S. Census, South Norfolk Town, Norfolk County, Virginia: Robert L. Taylor, rents home, age 31, married, born North Carolina, both parents born North Carolina, carpenter at ship yard; Sadie A., wife, age 26, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia; Lillian M., daughter, age 9, born Virginia; E. Pearl, daughter, age 7, born Virginia; Robert L., son, age 6, born Virginia; Rubie, daughter, age 2 years 6 months.  There are several borders in the home, names are very hard to read.

Sarah was located on the 1930 U.S. Census of South Norfolk City, Norfolk County, Virginia: Robert L. Taylor, owns home valued at $2,000, age 41, married, age at time of first marriage was 20, born North Carolina, both parents born North Carolina, peddler, fish and oysters; Sarah A., wife, age 36, age at time of first marriage was 15, born Virginia, both parents born Virginia, finisher in cotton mill; Ruby E., daughter, age 12, born Virginia.

In 1948 Robert, Sarah's husband died.

At some time Sarah, Sadie to many of her family, moved to Arlington Virginia, this photo taken around 1961, was taken there.  Photo courtesy of her daughter Pearl.

At some later date Sarah married James McRoy Odom. James died in 1979.

Sadie died 2 years later on June 6, 1981 at Chesapeake Virginia.

Sarah's obituary appeared in the June 7, 1981 issue of the Virginian-Pilot as follows:
     "Sarah D. Odom, 87, Retired Owner of Drapery Shop
     Chesapeake Mrs. Sarah Dews Taylor Odom, 87, of 444 Villanova Ave., the retired owner and operator of Taylor Drapery Shop, died Saturday in a hospital.  A native of Princess Anne County, she was the widow of James McRoy Odom.
     Mrs. Odom, who operated the shop for 20 years, was a member of South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church and Oakdale Rebekah Lodge 17 of Chesapeake.
     Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lillian T. Hoggard and Mrs. Pearl T. Robinson of Chesapeake; two sisters, Mrs. Rena Nunnally of Norfolk and Mrs. Florence Bowen of Kitty Hawk, N. C.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
     A funeral will be held Monday at 3 p.m. in Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel, by the rev. Willis E. Joiner.  Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park.  The family will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robinson, 444 Villanova ave., Chesapeake."

Wish list for Sadie:  Place of marriage to Robert Taylor, 1940 Census (which I may have, but have not posted), marriage data for marriage to James McRoy Odom (have not searched for a long time, there may be an index online).

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