|Sarah Ann Lane|
Sarah Ann Lane was my third great-grandmother. She was born on July 30, 1836. Unfortunately, I don't know who her parents were or if she had any siblings. I'm not even sure where she was born or where she lived before she was married.
I have some notes that my grandmother wrote in Gregg shorthand that contain information about Sarah's life. The problem is that I can't read shorthand! From what I can decipher, Sarah lived with the Hamilton family, and she may have come from Cincinnati on an orphan train. I know that the initials "J. H." mentioned in the note stand for her husband, James Harvey Bird.
I really would like to know what the rest of this note says. Can anyone help me out with this?
|My Grandmother's Shorthand Note.|
On Christmas day of 1864, Sarah received a photo album with the following inscription:
A Christmas Gift
To Sarah Lane,
from T.G. Hamilton
Dec. 25, 1864
I assume that T.G. Hamilton was a member of the Hamilton family mentioned in the shorthand note; however, I have not been able to find a census with Sarah living with the T.G. Hamilton family. [EDIT on 12/7/14: Since posting this, I found a "Sarah Maine" listed as a domestic servant in the 1860 census in the household of William Warder Hamilton, T.G. Hamilton's brother! I am pretty sure this is Sarah Lane; she is the right age and in the right place.]
|Glass negative of Sarah Lane Bird.|
In 1873, Sarah gave birth to her only son. Sadly, Sarah and the baby both passed away in June of that year. Since death records were not kept at that time in Decatur County, Indiana, I do not know the exact cause of her death. She was only 36 years old.
Below is a slideshow of the 26 photographs contained in Sarah's album, given to her by T. G. Hamilton. Sarah is in one of these photos herself, and there is a picture of her husband, James Harvey Bird. The images are tintypes and carte de vistes. None of the pictures were originally identified. Fortunately, I was able to identify some of them by referring to labeled family pictures.
Because the number of photographs exceeds the limit for a slideshow, the album is divided into two parts. Please let me know if you are able to identify any of these people. Enjoy!
Below are the remaining eleven photographs.