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Sarah Chamberlain

1824 - 1905

Source: Burnet Bulletin, 30 March 1905

Transcribed by JoAnn Myers, Dec. 2004


Mrs. Sarah R. Chamberlain

The subject of this sketch was born in East Tennessee, March 25th 1824. Her maiden name was Barton. She died March 21, 1905, lacking only seven days of being 81 years of age.

With her father's family she moved to Missouri, about 1840, and on February 17th 1841 was united in marriage to James Chamberlain. In 1849 with their three small children, Jerry, John and Tom, they moved overland to Texas, first settling in Travis County, near where the town of Manor is now situated. They lived there for three years, after which they moved to where Karnes county now shows on the map, but at that time it was unorganized territory, and contained many desperate and reckless characters, as well as some of the bravest and coolest men that ever paved the way for civilization in any country.

At the breaking out of the Civil War her two oldest sons, who were mere lads of 16 and 18, the younger weighing only 109 pounds, joined the Confederate army. Grandma had reason to feel proud of the fact that including the War of the Revolution she had near relatives in every war, down to th one with Spain, that has been fought in America since the establishment of the United States government.

During the war between the States, in the year 1864, the family moved to Round Rock, and remained there until 1865, when they moved to Burnet County. Here a number of the children who were born after the family moved to Texas, reached their maturity, and some of them married in this county. In 1878 Grandpa and Grandma with their youngest sons moved to Caldwell county and lived there until 1889, when Grandpa died on Oct. 3rd of that year, while visiting his children in this county. At the time of his death he was more than 80 years old.

Since the death of her husband, grandma has lived with her children, spending most of the time with her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Livingston.

To grandpa and grandma Chamberlain were born nine children. One of them died in infancy. Their oldest son, *Jerry, has been a resident of Oregon for 34 years. Jno. T., Thos. A., L. B., B. B., and Mrs. J. M. Livingston all reside in Burnet county; D. N. lives in Haskell county and L. W. in Knox.

Grandma was a member of the Methodist Church, and lived the life of a patient, cheerful Christian woman for many years. By the side of her husband she was laid to rest in the old Jennings Creek Cemetery, where many of her friends of other days preceeded her. The memory of her cheerful face and pleasant words will live in the memory of her children and grandchildren, and should prove an inspiration to each of them as long as life lasts.

*transcriber's notes from Burnet County History, Vol II, page 47-48:

Children's names are

William Jeremiah (Jerry)
John Tate
Thomas A. (Tom)
Josephine Catharine
Louis Sumpter
Daniel Ninian (Dan)
Burkett Barton (Buck)

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